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eBiking Wales, Peak District, & Midlands! Guide to Electric Bike Rentals/Hire [VIDEOS]
Sep 05, 2018
Covering the delights of these relatively small areas of the UK that punch above their weight in terms of marvellous cycling country.
In biking terms both Wales and the Peak District National Park are perhaps most associated with superb mountain biking opportunities and areas such as Wales’ Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons have done much in recent years to promote themselves as offering some of the finest cycling opportunities in the UK.
But outside of the well-known tourist hotspots there are some fantastic trails and areas to explore, including hugely scenic Cheshire and Wales outside of its National Parks, full of fine beaches and ancient castles.
This guide to eBike hire will help with planning an eBike holiday and it is also a good way to test a few eBikes before purchasing your own.
Many companies detailed here are also retailers and do good deals to those who have hired e-bikes from them.
Enjoy this eBiking guide and hopefully it will give you some ideas on new places to ride!
North Wales Coast, Snowdonia & Around
After a long string of beaches the North Wales coast takes a dramatic turn where it meets the dramatic Conwy Castle (part of a World Heritage Site and bang on a Sustrans cycle route to boot)and the magnificent geographical feature of the nearby Great Orme at Llandudno.
Inland lies the Snowdonia National Park, based around the tallest mountain in the whole of England and Wales and certainly one of the most spectacular.
Based inside Sunnyvale Holiday Park at Kimnel Bay but offering a mobile service operating along the North Wales Coast with pickup and dropoff points at Prestatyn, Abergele, Towyn, Rhos-on-Sea and Llandudno.
Hay-on-Wye is right on the Welsh-English border and gives great access to the Black Mountains (containing Wales highest tarmac road, Gospel Pass) and there are some stunning ridge rides just one of which is filmed here:
Here’s a nice overview of the gentler cycling available in next door Herefordshire.
The Welsh Marches – Chesire, Shropshire and Herefordshire
The Marcher counties are largely rural, very picturesque but without the extreme terrain of the mountains of central Wales or the English Peak district and so a fine escape for some peaceful and relaxing e-biking.
Diamondback Corvus e-mtb hardtail and Raleigh Strada TS hybrid.
Cheshire offers a great variety of riding from nearby off-roading in Delamere Forest to the largely minor signed road route of the Cheshire Cycleway that heads into the beautiful and historic county town of Cheshire.
The Peak District National Park has some of the best and most contrasting riding in the country. In the north the Dark Peak is made up of gritstone ridges and peat bogs and in the south the White Peak features steep limestone valleys.
Trek Powerfly full-sus e-mtb models at £50 per day. GoPro camera hire also available.
Superb mountain biking country on the edge of Dark Peak and White Peak country with splendidly steep and green hillscapes and the riding just about as difficult as you want to make it, including the famed climbs of Mam Tor and Rushup Edge.
There are easy off-road leisure rides too on tracks around the nearby reservoirs in the Derwent Valley.
Here’s one route recommended by the Bike Garage, the aptly-named Beast of Hope Cross (the beast being a particularly rocky descent).
There are Raleigh hybrid models available at the station bike hire from £17 for two hours whilst upstairs Peak Ebikes retailers have emtb demo bikes that can be booked for £50 per day (redeemable against a purchase).
The Monsal Trail is yet another fine traffic-free ride on a former railway through wonderful White Peak scenery.
You can also make the short hop over to one of the UK’s premier stately homes, Chatsworth House.
The following video gives an idea what to expect along the Monsal Trail but there is also a great network of tougher mountain bike rides and minor roads in the area.
NCN route 6 lies to the north-east of Sheffield in the form of the Five Weirs Walk path and exits to the south-west, climbing gradually towards to Peak Disrict. You can head north-west along NCN627 for some nice forest trails at Wharncliffe Woods.
There is a nice ride out from Nottingham centre to Wollaton Hall and some great traffic-free riding alongside the river Trent and along the Erewash Valley Trail.
The best leisure riding in Derby is to be had alongside the River Derwent (follow it to the south-east to visit attractive Elvaston Country Par) and along bridleways to the north-west for a visit to Kedleston Hall.