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Life is too short to spend week days working, and weekends squeezing in rides as and when you can. A riding weekend can feel like a breath of fresh air - and it doesn't need to be expensive.

We've done the leg work for you, and found some bike friendly hostels, hotels and bunk houses that cost under a £35 a night - that's just one less cycling outfit....

(Ps - ok - less than MOST new cycling outfits, we put the cheapest gear to the test here)


There are some beautiful parts of Wales, with amazing mountain biking and beautifully remote road cycling opportunities. Not only that, there are also tons of bunk houses designed for those looking for somewhere cheap to stay whilst on an active break.

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We love the Coed Owen Bunkhouse, in the Brecon Beacons. Rooms are as little as £22 per night if you stay for two nights - so you and a friend can hightail it out of work on Friday, and stay until Sunday evening for two whole days of riding.

That's £44 down, plus petrol or train fares - so if you grab some food in a supermarket rather than eating out this could be a thrilling, guilt free weekend.

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Riding the South Downs Way in Sussex? What about this idyllic South Downs Youth Hostel cottage in the pretty town of Lewes?

Incredibly, beds come for as little as £15 a night, private rooms are £29, or you can camp for £10.

There's bike storage, plus cafes, or you can grab your own food and enjoy it in the shared use area. With so many beautiful routes - from the South Downs Way MTB trail to road rides up the Ditchling Beacon close by, you'll be spending most of your time in the great outdoors, but this little home will be a lovely place to return to.

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Jelleylegs cater primarily for runners, with organised runs and physiotherapy holiday bundles on offer, but there's more than enough for cyclists.

Based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, they're also just 2 miles away from the Tour de France route, so if you're a roadie and fancy riding a stage, this is the place! There are tons of trails for mountain bikers to feast on, too.

There are various rooms available, but the cute Shepard's Hut (pictured!) is just £35 for one person, or you can stay in the treehouse for £20 per person! There is bike storage available, and you can get a veggie evening meal for £13.


If you fancy tackling the 138 mile Pennine Cycleway, then the Kinrara Bed and Breakfast could put you up for the night.

There is secure bike parking, and the Edwardian house is situated within 7 acres of beautiful grounds so you'll have plenty of space to stretch your legs out in the evening.

A single room is £32, and a twin is £62. What's not to love?


Dumfries has plenty to offer. It's a perfect base to ride the 7 Stanes trails - and just a few miles from the Mabie forest, which has trails for riders of all levels, as well as miles of tarmac with little traffic.

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At the Ferintosh Guest House you'll pay £25-£35 a night, and enjoy use of a drying room, fenced rear garden and lockable shed, bike wash facilities, and obviously a cosy bed for the night. Perfect.

Like the sound of these? There are hundreds of bike friendly hotels, hostels and bunk houses spread across the country - check out the selection on 'Beds for Cyclists'.