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If you're anything like us, you'll be starting to get very protective over your weekends as autumn creeps steadily closer.

The good news is that there are plenty of last minute cycling breaks around that will allow you to make the very most of the last (hopefully) sun soaked weekends, and sneaky mid-week days.

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We've rounded up some of the most tempting breaks in the UK - take a look and book up quick before the leaves start to fall!

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This 2 to 3 night break is a chance to enjoy the rolling, quiet lanes of Shropshire. You'll sail past small glacial lakes, seeing rare plants and wildlife along the way.

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You can choose an easy break, where you'll cover 15 miles a day, or a moderate break - where the distances are closer to 25 miles a day.

Organisers have chosen quiet country lanes through pretty villages, and you'll also visit Colemere Country Park, Ellesmere village (with its weekly market). Choose the three day option, and you'll also see Hawkstone Park and Follies, Wollerton Old Hall Gardens, Morton Corbett Castle and Hodnet.

You'll stay in bed and breakfasts and farmhouse hotels, and two nights is £220, whilst three will set you back £315. Find out more here.

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This classic British ride covers 130 miles of some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in the UK. You'll follow the route developed by Sustrans and the Lake District National Park Authorities, using National Cycle Network Routes.

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A cycle guide will accompany you, and your luggage will be moved for you each day, whilst a back-up van follows with spares. Breakfasts and lunches are provided - so you'll really just need to concentrate on the ride.

This route is not suitable for road bikes - hybrids, cyclocross, touring bikes and mountain bikes only need apply!

The holiday costs £325, check it out here.

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Cotswold Cycling Breaks was set up by two buddies who wanted to find a cycling specific break in their own country. They succeeded - by starting their own.

Minimum stay is two nights at the Ormond Inn at Tetbury, and holiday makers will receive Garmin units with pre-loaded road routes of various difficulties, from 20 to 50 miles. You can go for a blood pumping hill ride to the Sommerset Monument or spin through the lanes looking at the chocolate-box houses and churches.

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Check in is at 3pm, and your bike will be polished and ready for you to go out as you wish. Stop at recommended pubs along the way and you'll receive a service pack with drink refills, locks and spare tubes just in case.

Breaks start from £140, but if you share with a friend you'll pay £77.50 each for bed and breakfast boarding. Find out more here.

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The 7stanes trails in Southern Scotland is a well established mountain biking destination, and rightly so.

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You can tailor this trip - making it it between 2 and 7 days long. There's over 200km of singletrack to explore, and it's up to you how much you do. You'll also be able to go off track and enjoy some natural, wild riding - too.

Transport for you and your bike will be sorted each day, and you can choose to stay in a bunkhouse, B&B, or luxury hotel.

Three day, four night trips start from £355 - find out more here.

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This leisure trip is suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids - covering up to 57 miles a day along the Hadrians Cycleway.

Starting at Newcastle, you'll ride 48 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Haltwhistle on your first full day, then trek back to Newcastle over 57 miles in a beautiful loop of exploration.

You'll follow the fragmented remains of the wall, seeing medieval churches, castles and the Pele towers - all of which are testament to the centuries of feuding and skirmishing in this border country's history.

You'll stay at B&Bs and country inns, and the trip costs £375. Find out more here.

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On the Rivet offer luxury road cycling breaks in the Dorset countryside. We visited them early this year - and were impressed by the beautiful holiday home, jacuzzi, on site mechanic and of course the stunning riding in the area.

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Rides are guided, with a support vehicle following to ensure everything goes smoothly. Lunch is provided en-route, and we were certainly impressed with the culinary talents and locally sourced food.

Breaks are all mid-week, as the area becomes super busy over the weekends, but two nights will set you back £500 in a twin or double room. Find out more here.

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This two night tour begins and ends at Langholm, in Suffolk and can be tailored to cover between 20 and 50 miles each day, over three days. Off road portions are included, and can comprise between 20% and 40% depending upon your choices.

You'll tour through the medieval Wool Towns, nestled in the rolling hills between the Stour and Brett river valleys.

The route is suitable for occasional and regular riders, and will set you back £222 if you stay at luxury B&Bs, or £243 staying at character hotels. Find out more here.

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Galloway Holidays have a wide range of Scottish breaks, with distances starting at 10 miles a day - but we liked the look of this one, which covers 45-50 miles each day.

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This tour, appropriate for hybrid or road bikes, puts the focus on history, so your ride will be punctuated with a selection of attractions, including the two abbeys.

You'll see Port Mary, where Mary Queen of Scots first set foot in Scotland, Dundrennan Abbey, and Sweetheart Abbey, which was founded in 1273. There's a story there about a fine lady who wore a heart in a casket round her neck (as you do).

You'll also see working corn mills and will have a route book with you to make sure you don't miss a thing.

The trip costs £125 and luggage transfer, B&B accommodation and a support van are all provided. Find out more.

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