Lust for adventure
Valentine’s Day is the time to do something with the person you love the most, whoever that be. Cycling is one of the best hobbies for couples out there. You get to enjoy the spectacular scenery of our beautiful country and get fit while you’re doing it. Whatever journey you’re planning, you’ll find everything you need for your trip together at Halfords.
If you’re looking for some exciting things to do as a couple, here are some ideas for those who love the great outdoors as much as each other. These five, along with hundreds more, can be found at out our completely free Discoveries hub. It’s filled with incredible rides and routes for couples who are searching for their next adventure.
Get kitted out
Nothing says I love you better than a brand-new bike, and you can find a massive selection at Halfords. Whether you’re into mountain biking or road cycling, you’ll find this year’s best bikes online or in-store, including our exclusive Pendleton range and classy Boardman bikes.
We’ve also got all the accessories you need and an extensive range of cycling clothing suitable for all weathers and conditions. Feeling daring? Then choose matching outfits, so everyone knows that you’re together.
Before hitting the open road, make sure you do a full bike check and service to ensure it’s in tip-top condition. You can get all your bike maintenance bits and service spares from us. If you’re not so handy with a spanner, choose from one of our service packages and your bike will be road-worthy no time.
Whether you like training together or touring together here are five easy rides that you can enjoy. These routes are suitable for road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrids, so there are no excuses for not giving them a go!
The iconic Bath Two Tunnels route will see you take on a 13-mile tour around stunning Somerset. Starting from the centre of historic Bath, this route takes you through the quarter-mile old railway tunnel called Devonshire before entering into Combe Down, the UK’s longest cycling tunnel. Head past Dundas Aqueduct, a glorious piece of 18th-century architecture spanning the River, before reaching the end. If you’re thirsty after all that (and who wouldn’t be?), then stop at the Wheelwrights Arms in Monkton Combe for a delicious pub lunch.
It can often be difficult to find green space in London, but the Wandle Trail is a traffic-free, 12-mile route that gives you a breath of fresh air. Starting at the River Wandle in Wandsworth the course takes you to East Croydon Station, via three London boroughs. You’ll be able to enjoy the heritage and history of this typical chalk stream in the industrialised landscape of South London and pass through Wandle Park and Carshalton Ponds en-route.
Millennium Coastal Path
The Millennium Coastal Path is a tranquil green corridor that offers incredible views of the stunning Gower Peninsula. This seven-mile, family-friendly ride begins at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli and finishes at Pembrey Country Park. Along the way, you’ll be able to see the Duport Steelworks, Ashpit Ponds Nature Reserve and the new marina at Burry Port before reaching the Pembrey Forest. It’s a spot of exceptional natural beauty, with rare botanical wildlife including 35 species of butterfly, migrant songbirds and birds of prey providing the soundtrack to your ride. End the journey with a glorious and well-earned portion of fish and chips by the sea.
York To Naburn
Starting at the ancient city walls of York, this stunning 10-mile route travels south along the River Ouse and passes historic parks, sculptures and bridges to Naburn. Keep your eyes peeled for local landmarks, including the spectacular Millennium Bridge (with its Ice Cream boat), Knavesmire Wood and Bishopthorpe village. The first five miles from the Solar System Greenway, the famous scale model of the Solar System! If you need liquid refreshment or a slab of home-cooked cake, then follow the Greenway to old Naburn Station where there’s a great café.
Aviemore To Boat of Garten
The natural beauty of Scotland can truly be enjoyed on two-wheels. This penultimate section of the Speyside Way, Aviemore to Boat of Garten, provides variety and mountain views. This six-mile-long stretch will see you travel north from Aviemore railway station to the village of Boat of Garten through heather-covered moorland with views to the northern Cairngorms. Take your time to enjoy the incredible wildlife spotting opportunities and keep an ear out for passing steam trains on the historic Strathspey Railway. When you arrive in Boat of Garten, also known as the ‘Osprey Village’, cycle to the north side to visit the RSPB reserve at Milton Loch. Finish the trail at the end of the Strathspey Steam Railway where you can enjoy a well-earned cup of tea or coffee.
That’s only a few of the possibilities and you can find many more ideas over on our Discoveries Hub.