The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from Platform 1. We then jump in the bus to Windsor where we step inside the world of King and Queens. 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 also bike around Windsor Great Park to soak up the atmosphere and get you used to cycling in England. In the late afternoon we bus to the New Forest where guests stay for three nights.
Mileage: 10 miles
Our New Forest biking is through the ancient hunting forest of the Royals, home to thousands of free roaming ponies, deer and donkeys. We cycle on speed reduced roads through this ancient landscape of moors, heathland and forest, visiting its beautiful villages for coffee and lunch. With routes to suit all the New Forest is a day on the bike you will not forget.
Mileage: 25-40 miles
Todays New Forest biking is through beautiful countryside towards Salisbury, with its wonderful Cathedral and the imposing Neolithic remains at Old Sarum. After lunch, we bike towards Stonehenge through a wonderful, quiet valley before visiting the World Heritage Site and monument which is an undoubted highlight of the tour.
Mileage: 25-35 miles
We bike out of the forest along well marked bike paths and disused railway lines and down to seaside at Christchurch before riding along the seafront through Bournemouth and Poole until we reach Sandbanks, with its London priced houses and chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck. The afternoon sees us cycle through the historic landscape to our accommodation at the magnificent Corfe Castle and the Elizabethan Mortons hotel.
Mileage: 25-35 miles
We first visit Corfe Castle, standing proudly in the countryside since the 11 Century and ride into the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, with its cute villages, the beautiful Wareham for coffee and the the larger seaside town of Swanage. The ride is relaxed with a couple of large hills thrown in to give all riders a test! The evening is again spent at Mortons in Corfe Castle.
Mileage: 30-40 miles
A shorter morning ride to the beautiful Lulworth Cove, home to the many geographical wonders and then onto the majestic sea arch at Durdle Door, one of the jewels of England’s coast. After lunch we will transport guests to the nearest train station where it is a 2 hour journey into Waterloo station and the end of the tour.
Mileage: 15-25 miles
Guests stay in the best 3* and 4* hotels in the South West region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for the Burley Manor Hotel. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked pubs. Four dinners are included in this tour.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times. With a fleet of hybrid bikes and e-bike options, most of the biking is off road and traffic-free. Helmets as standard, just bring you shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go. All activities are optional and you can choose to have a ½ day or full day off whenever you like! Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.