The Best Pubs in the world ….(to visit on a cycling holiday) The White Horse Clun

Here’s another pub to visit in the Shropshire borders.  The White Horse in Clun is one of those pubs you always hope to come across.

The White Horse Inn, Clun, welcomes cyclists on our Shropshire Cycling holidays

The White Horse Inn, Clun, welcomes cyclists on our Shropshire Cycling holidays

Real beer, friendly landlord, people to talk to, no sign of this “gastro pub” nonsense…. but the food is good,  Clun is a wonderful place to stay…and you can cycle & stay on many of our cycling holidays.  If you are really keen on your beer, then cycle our Kerry Ridgeway Cycle Tour (you get to stay at Bishops Castle too, and drink at the Three Tuns), and time it to co incide with the Bishops Castle Real Ale Festival on 11-12 July or the Clun Valley Beer Festival on 3-5 October.

One of the oldest Breweries in the country.  The Three Tuns Brewery can be visited on our Kerry Ridgeway Cycling Holiday

One of the oldest Breweries in the country. The Three Tuns Brewery can be visited on our Kerry Ridgeway Cycling Holiday

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The Best Pubs in the world…(to visit on a cycling holiday) -The Sun Inn, Leintwardine

This is a pub like no other.  Its a Parlour pub.  Which means that you walk into the land lady’s living room and are served your beer there….The beer is brought in from the kitchen.  No beer taps, no modern pub trappings at all.

The Sun Inn, Leintwardine - visit it on any of our Shropshire cycling holidays

The Sun Inn, Leintwardine – visit it on any of our Shropshire cycling holidays

And this is how it stayed until the landlady, Flossie’s death at 97yrs a few years ago.  The pub was taken over by Gary, a neighbour, who had been helping Flossie for a number of years and Nick, who owns the local Hobson’s Brewery.  They’ve done a fantastic job of preserving the parlour, adding an eco friendly bar in the garden and providing a brilliant place to socialise for the village & visitors.  The beer is great – there is no pretentious food – just pork pies from the village  butcher, or fish & chips from the chippie next door.  Try it out on any of our Shropshire Cycle Tours.

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Cycling Challenges – New short break cycling holidays

We’ve been getting a lot more requests for longer cycle rides on our cycling holidays….which we put down on the Bradley Wiggins and Tour de France effect.    So we designed some routes specifically for these customer requests (many thanks to Bob & friends).  The routes have now been tested and enjoyed…

We now have three short break cycle tours  – featuring rides of about 50 miles per day, with your luggage moved and great places to stay each night.

“At the end of a gruelling day’s cycling, the lovely hotels and guesthouses were a very welcome sight. The Radnorshire Arms was our favourite.”

With only 74 days to go, before the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, there is still time to get in the mood and take a cycling challenge, so you too can experience what the Peleton is going through. Shropshire Cycling Challenge

Shropshire Cycling Challenge - 3 day tour over the Shropshire hills to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge

Shropshire Cycling Challenge – 3 day tour over the Shropshire hills to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge

Wye Valley  & Welsh Borders Cycling Challenge

Radnor Ring Cycling Challenge

Wye Valley near Rhayader - cycling holiday with Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Radnor Ring  Cycling Challenge - 4 day cycling holiday

And if you would like a longer tour, try our Brecon Beacons cycle tour or Lon Las Cymru cycling holiday.   We are always happy to adjust the mileages to suit you….we’re just waiting for someone to say they want to ride as far as the the daily Tour de France average (110 mpd).

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Checking the routes for our cycling holidays

We are often asked … Do you cycle all the routes featured on your cycling holidays?  The answer is yes (and a lot more besides).  The only problem is that we usually have to do this is the “off season”…not in the summer…  We also have to keep reviewing the routes to make sure that our route notes are up to date.

Here’s a few photos of us testing out routes last spring.  We were working on two tours; The Welsh Border Cycle Tour 

Cycling in the Clun Hills above Knighton

Cycling in the Clun Hills above Knighton

Clun Hills above Knighton

Not choosing a cycle route

Church at Bucknell

Church at Bucknell, pub round the next corner

and The Stagg and the Georgian Vicarage

Bridge at Titley

Lovely cycle route – but this was a dead end – no good for cycling holidays

Cycling signpost above Lingen

Making sure that the route descriptions are clear

Everywhere we cycle round this area is beautiful…. the trick to a good cycling holiday route is making sure that; the gradients are not off putting;  inns & teashops are at regular intervals; there is lots of interest on the routes and most of all its fun.  Have a look at our cycling holidays.

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New Prices for Children and Teenagers on our Cycling holidays

New children’s prices – now available for teenagers up to 16 years

We’ve had a bit of a review of our prices this year to accommodate older teens at a better price, and in doing so, it meant our prices for prices for children up to 12 years became even greater value too.

Child & teenager prices are based on sharing a family room or family suite with two adults.  If you prefer, older children can be accommodated in their own room throughout the holiday at a small extra cost – ask for details.

Children & teenagers can cycle any of our holidays… but if you want some advice, remember you can always ring us on 01568 770755

Our easiest tours…which are suitable for younger Families are the Family Farmhouse tours…try our  Six day Farmhouse Cycle Tour for a real cycling adventure – with lots to do en route.

Family Farmhouse Shropshire

Farmhouse Cycling Holiday in Shropshire

Teenagers, prefer our Cycling and Canoeing holidays and longer tours like The Welsh National Cycle Route and The Radnor Ring Challenge.

Cycling holidays in the Elan Valley

Cycling in the Elan Valley on the Welsh National Cycle Route

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New cycling holiday for food lovers

Leisure cycling  (about 5 miles an hour) burns about 300 extra calories an hour.  So you can afford to treat ourself on our new cycling holiday – The Stagg Inn and the Georgian Vicarage.  You cycle about 20-30 miles a day, and stay overnight at The Stagg, the Uk’s first Michelin starred pub.

This is where you stay…having worked up a great appetite to sample The Stagg’s wonderful food.

The Stagg Inn and the Georgian Vicarage. Three days great cycling around Herefordshire and the Wye valley, whilst staying at the most beautiful Georgian vicarage & dining at the Michelin starred Stagg Inn. bliss.

The Stagg Inn and the Georgian Vicarage. Three days great cycling around Herefordshire and the Wye valley, whilst staying at the most beautiful Georgian vicarage & dining at the Michelin starred Stagg Inn. bliss.

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The Best Tearooms in England and Wales….visit them all on our cycling holidays

Tea & Cake (and food in general) can make or break a cycle ride.  Get the right amount of food at the right time and any ride seems absolutely perfect, mess it up and forget to eat, and you’ll never want to get back on a bike again.

Farmhouse Teas on Black and White Villages Cycle Tour

Farmhouse Teas on Black and White Villages Cycle Tour

We spend a lot of our time telling our cycling holiday customers where to find the best places to eat – so here are our favourite tearooms

The Green Cafe in Ludlow

next to the River Teme & Dinham Bridge.  their buttermilk scones with greengage jam are brilliant, and the kids love the hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.  On our Ludlow Country Estates Cycle Tour.

Rocke Cottage Tearoom, Clungunford.   A 30s style tearoom.  On our Quietest Cycle Tour under the Sun.

The Garden Tearoom, Kingsland.   Roaring fire and great cooking, with views of the village church…how English is that? On our Black and White Villages cycle tour.

Erwood Station, near Hay on Wye, is always a life saver…it’s on one of our longer tours.  The Wye Valley Cycle Tour.  Over the hill, through fabulous mountain scenery to this disused train station, for a welcome tea and cake.

Tea on the wye valley cycle tour

Tea on the wye valley cycle tour

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Bring some friends….

Cycling and Walking holiday are a great way to have a good time with a group of friends.  We offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more adults.  We usually book groups into friendly hotels and inns… very convivial.

Cycling holiday in Shropshire

Cycling holiday in Shropshire

If you want something a bit different to that listed on the website.  Then just ring 01568 770755.  We design lots of holidays for groups…specific needs – whether its cycling long distances each day, or something special to celebrate.

The Best holidays for groups are;

Ludlow Country Estates- 3 days/ 2 nights

Cider Orchards Cycle Tour  – 2 days/ 2 nights

Wye Valley Cycle Tour - 4 days / 3 nights

Easy Cycle Tour to Wales  – 2 days/ 2 nights

Welsh National Cycle Route - 6 days/ 5 nights

and lots more

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New Cycling Holiday brochure for 2014

Order our new cycling holiday brochure for 2014 and plan out your summer cycle rides.  The brochure features all our favourite cycling holidays, (and walking holidays of course).

Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holiday brochure 2014

Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holiday brochure 2014

Or you can save paper and download a copy of our brochure.

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20 Reasons to Love Cycling Holidays

Its nearly the end of the tourism season & there’s been a big gap in my postings…mainly because I’ve been busy handing out bikes & helping our cycling customers have a great time exploring the English/ Welsh borders by bike.  Its been a fabulous summer, for cyclists, great weather, Chris Froome, won the Tour de France and Bradley Wiggins popped up again in the  Tour of Britain.

We loved this …all the things we like best about cycling – and all available in our most popular  cycling holiday The Quietest Cycle tour under the Sun

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