The first thing you’ll want to do after buying an electric bike, especially an electric mountain bike, is finding some great routes on which to ride it. Here, we’ve compiled a list of five excellent ebike routes and trails for riders of all experience levels. They vary in scenery, incline, difficulty, and length, but we’re confident that we’ve included something for everyone.
Bristol to Bath – 13 miles (21km)
We’ll start off with a more gentle ebike route, and one that takes you on an outing and allows you to travel beyond the confines of a single lap. It begins in Bristol and ends in Bath (or vice versa if you’d prefer), offering extremely pleasant scenery and cycling conditions. It’s a route for ebikers of all skill levels and ages thanks to it being largely flat, tarmacked, and free from traffic. You’ll pass through a number of villages and towns too, should you wish to stop off for refreshments during your 13-mile journey. This ebike trail is unique in that it allows you to be a cultured tourist and an adventurer at the same time.
The Camel Trail: Cornwall – 18 miles (29km)
Here’s a longer but still relatively leisurely route. So-called because it follows the Camel Estuary and Camel Valley, the Camel Trail takes you through beautiful scenery that’s both inland and coastal. The route predominantly takes place on a disused and resurfaced railway track, meaning the road is very smooth and there are no sharp twists or turns. It’s an excellent route for getting used to riding your ebike for long periods of time. Plus, the route ends at the historic town of Bodmin, located by the enchanting Bodmin moor, home of the mythical Beast of Bodmin. Better yet, once you’ve finished, you can treat yourself to a world-famous Cornish pasty!
The Gower Peninsula: South Wales – 28 miles (45km)
Here’s a largely coastal route that circumnavigates virtually the entire Gower Peninsula in South Wales. It’s certainly a challenging route, but well worth the effort. You’ll ride through a myriad of terrains including woodlands, coastal cliffs and dunes, rocky passes and steep hills. The centrepiece of this ebike trail is the Cefn Bryn, an ancient ridge dotted with sheep and wild ponies that stretches for five miles. This route also offers a lot of choices; there are many pathways that criss-cross through the peninsula, and whichever you choose to follow is sure to offer an unforgettable experience. One thing to note is, due to the popularity of this route, it can be rather crowded at times during the summer months.
Epping Forest: London – 12 miles (19km)
London’s ancient woodland provides an idyllic escape for all bikers that’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby capital. While there’s no set route through the forest, there are many pathways to choose from, and you can improvise your course as you go along. The forest is 12 miles (19km) in length, so you can cycle from one end to the other for a more moderate ride, or make a loop of the entire forest if you’d like to make a whole day of it! Since the forest is only approximately 2.5 miles (4km) wide, you won’t have to worry about getting lost and ending up far from civilisation. We’d recommend tackling this route during the warmer months of the year as winter tends to make this dense forest incredibly slippery.
The Long Gap: Brecon Beacons National Park – 22 miles (35km)
Arguably the most gruelling of the ebike routes on this list, The Long Gap in Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, is iconic in the world of cycling. It’s home to Pen y Fan, the highest point in south Wales at 886m, as well as being set in some of the most stunning countrysides you can find in the UK. Once you reach the namesake Long Gap, you’ll likely want to stop for a moment and take it all in. It’s a valley that divides two mountains, almost perfectly symmetrical it looks like it was designed precisely for mountain bikers. With over 1000m of climbing, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to appreciate the wondrous scenery you find yourself in (and experience a tough workout!). It’s a difficult route but we think it’s worth the sore thighs.
We hope that with our guide, you can find the perfect ebike route for you. If you’ve been inspired and would like to jump onto the trails, then our very own e-mountain bike, the Sierra, is the best bike for the job. With its powerful motor, 55km+ range and SR Suntour XCM suspension system, you can cycle comfortably on any of these routes without any problems. If you have any questions about our range of ebikes, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.