2018 dates (start in London) – 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 29 July, 26 August, 23 Sept
The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the clock on Platform 1. We then jump on the bus and travel the one hour to Windsor where we step inside the world of King and Queens and take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn; home to the Queen, the site of Henry VIII’s grave and monarchs since 1066, Windsor is a “must see”. We will also bike around Windsor Great Park for 10-15 miles to soak up the atmosphere and get you used to biking in England. Should we have time we will also bike the 10 / 20 miles into the night 1 accommodation at the Dundas Arms.
We bike along the wonderful canal route towards the beautifully named Honeystreet, along the side of the canal and on the quiet roads in the surrounding areas. We have coffee alongside the canal at Crofton and lunch in the cafe at Honeystreet before setting off, by support vehicle to the World Heritage Site and monument at Stonehenge which is an undoubted highlight of the tour. We then stay overnight in Devizes. Mileage 25-35 miles.
We head off on the Kennet and Avon canal for a wonderful flat ride, alongside the boats, stopping at the pubs and soaking up the atmosphere as the landscape slowly passes by. We pass over the majestic Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts before finishing the ride for the day in Bath with its stunning architecture, Roman Baths and Jane Austen. Mileage 30.
A morning transfer into Devon, with 2.5 hours in the support vehicle and an afternoon ride along the Granite Way on the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park. The Granite Way is off road and a wonderful way to unwind (22 miles) before the obligatory Devon Cream Tea and the night in the excellent George at Hatherleigh.
Named after the otter in the book by Henry Williamson, the trail is off road, flat and a delicious 33 miles into the heart of North Devon. We start in Barnstaple and have coffee before biking and ending again at the George in Hatherleigh often mid afternoon, giving some time for R+R.
We transfer the few miles into Cornwall and ready ourselves for the Camel trail, a 25 mile, off road track through the stunning Camel Estuary, past Wadebridge and into the wonderful fishing village and foody hotspot, Padstow. Fish and Chips is a must at the end of the tour! We then transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4.5 hours). Guests are welcome to travel back in the support vehicle but the train is the preferred and more comfortable option.
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds and South West region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for the Port Gaverne Hotel. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times. All activities are optional and you can choose to have a ½ day or full day off whenever they like!
Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.
With a fleet of hybrid bikes from Giant and e-bike options, most of the biking is off road and safe from all traffic, perfect for those not used to biking on the road. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.