The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the Paddington Bear statue on Platform 1. We then jump in 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. We then bus to the New Forest and the wonderful Manor Hotel where you will stay for three nights.
Mileage: 10 miles
The New Forest is the ancient hunting forest of the Royals and home to thousands of free roaming ponies, cows, deer and donkeys. We bike on speed reduced roads and byways 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
We bike through the northern edge of the New Forest, through beautiful countryside to 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. We bike through the historic and varied landscape to our accommodation at the imposing 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 4* hotels in the Cotswolds and 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 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 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 you shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.