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Have a Blast With Your Family Cycling Through England
By Sylvia Arad


The diverse scenery and challenging terrain in the southern England county of Devon makes for a great family cycling adventure through England. Devon is the 4th most populated county in England and contains numerous parks and amazing views as well as 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in England that is completely natural, the Dorset and East Devon coast - known as the Jurassic Coast.

Take in the history and beauty on your family cycling trek through England
Taking the biking trails through Devon will take you crisscrossing across the entire county. You'll stop at historic sites, such as the town of Barbican, the site where the Mayflower embarked on its journey to America in 1620, and Dartmoor National Park, which is home to numerous historical sites and monuments including the ancient villages of Grimspond and Chagford.

You'll ride through beautiful scenery in Vineyards, coastal cliffs, and the English countryside, draped in fields of lavender and gold, and all along the way, stop at quaint little B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

Get to know the water on your cycling adventure through England
There are many chances for your family to get moving in the water during your trip. Cycling through the sweeping Dart Valley, you'll have the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery and perhaps even hop in the rapids of Dart River on board a canoe or kayak! As you ride past vineyards on your way to the river side town of Dartmouth, then to East Portsmouth, Salcombe, and Kingsbridge you'll find waterways in almost every town in your Devon travels. Next, take a break at Hope Cove along the sea. Here you can relax in the village's hidden cove or try your hand at a bit of surfing.
One of the highlights of the trip is arriving in Devon's largest city, Plymouth. This beautiful city, set between two rivers, dates back to the Bronze Age. Take in the splendid views of the city here, including the breathtaking harbor. You'll also get some great eats and drinks here - and maybe even some souvenirs.

Making lifetime memories on your family cycling trip through England
For the rugged family, cycling through England doesn't get much better than in the southern county of Devon. The entire county is well laid out and geographically friendly to cyclists of almost any skill level and experience. While you bask in the experience of traveling through the beauty of the various English terrains on bike, you'll also get a lesson in history and culture. The perfect combination for any family cycling excursion through England!

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The UK Is Cycling Its Way to Better Health
By´┐ŻFiona Russell


Cycling is great for your health - and now it seems it's fabulous for the economy, too. According to a report by the London School of Economics, cycling boosts the annual UK economy to the tune of £3billion.

The figure is based on a range of factors including the manufacturing of bikes, the sale of all things bicycle related - helmets, jackets, pumps etc - and those employed in the booming cycling market. In 2010 alone, 28 per cent more bikes were sold than the year before, adding 3.7 million new bikes to our roads and byways.

The report also reveals that more than a million people took up cycling last year, bringing the total number of cyclists in Britain to 13 million.

What is behind this sudden new-found interest in cycling?
The report points to an number of factors for the surge in cycling. First is an increase in petrol prices. It's also thought that better cycling routes are contributing to greater numbers of cyclists.

Campaigns about cycling for better health and a growing number of novice-style cycling sportive events have also led to a growth in the number of female cyclists.

Cycling is great for your health
There is no doubting that cycling is a fantastic form of cardiovascular fitness. The average person cycling at a moderate speed will burn more than 400 calories an hour.

Cycling is also an excellent muscle toner, especially if you're looking for more shapely legs and bum.
Added to this, cycling is good for the health and productivity of workplaces. A predicted 20% increase in cycling levels by 2015 could save millions of pounds in reduced congestion, pollution levels and NHS costs.

The London School of Economics study reports that regular cyclists take 1.3 less sick days per year, saving £128m through reduced absenteeism.

Perhaps it's time for you to get on your bike
If you haven't been on a bike for years you should consider finding a traffic-free location, such as a park. Look for somewhere flat and give yourself plenty of space for pedalling.

Courses, such as those run by Cycling Scotland, can assist adult sin gaining confidence for returning to two-wheeled transport.

You will want to build up slowly so that your muscles get used to cycling. Try cycling a few miles to begin with and then add more miles each time you head out.

In gym cycle classes and cycling on stationary bikes are good for added fitness and for when the weather isn't so kind.
It's also possible to buy a turbo trainer so as to turn your ordinary bike into a stationary, in-house fitness gadget.

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