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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New cycling and canoeing holiday

Our most popular holiday combines a 2 day cycling holiday, with a day’s Canadian canoeing…but to pack all this excitement into the 3 days, we’ve had to use cars to get you between activities.

So this year we’ve introduced a new holiday to get over this.  Now you just pedal and paddle your way through Herefordshire and the Wye Valley on our Wye Valley Cycling and Canoeing Holiday.  You can leave your car behind for 4 days and move at an altogether slower pace.

Paddling gently down the River Wye in search of kingfishers, herons & sandmartins

Paddling gently down the River Wye in search of kingfishers, herons & sandmartins

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Some Big Bike Events coming up in Shropshire and the Welsh Borders in 2013

Here are some great challenges for cyclists…. and if you want something easier , whilst your partner does the challenge we can organise a great cycling weekend for you around the event.

Shropshire Highlands Challenge – Sunday 16th June 2013.

- Not a race, but a challenging 65 mile ride at your own pace all on quiet roads and lanes among the beautiful Shropshire Hills.

Try our Explorers Country House Cycle Escape  – close to the start and you don’t have to go over any hills at all

 

Cycling in the Teme Valley near Ludlow

Cycling in the Teme Valley near Ludlow

The Tandem Triathlon – Saturday 6 July 2013

- the only tandem triathlon in the world.  You need access to a tandem – but this is great fun.   One team member swims 1k, both then cycle the 30k on road route, the other team member then runs a cross country 10k. The event offers a challenging course for serious competitors but one that is also easily manageable, albeit in perhaps longer time, for those who want to try a more relaxed event.

The rest of the family can try The Quietest Family Farmhouse Cycle Tour and can cycle up to meet you at Bury Ditches to cheer you on.

Family Farmhouse Shropshire

Family Farmhouse cycling holiday in Shropshire

Wiggle Shropshire Mynd Sportive - Sunday, 15 September 2013

A 101 mile sportive– It’s called the secret county because it’s full of scenic gems and known for being off the beaten track. The routes criss-cross the English / Welsh border so riders have the opportunity of climbing both Long Mynd (in England) and Long Mountain (in Wales). Kerry Hill features on the long route which is so long brings it rides almost like a typical European climb. The area is also steeped in history with fierce battles and the infamous 177 mile Offa’s Dyke which the route follows as you head towards Long Mountain.

While they go up the hills the wrong way (the steepest way), you can do a similar route  the best way following river valleys up the easier gradients  on the Shropshire Castle Tour.

Cycling up the Long Mynd the easy way - cycling holidays in Shropshire

Cycling up the Long Mynd the easy way – the view from the top

 

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Cycle ride around the Elan Valley

We don’t often get a day off during the summer months – we are usually too busy handing out bikes and moving luggage.  But when we do there is nothing we like better than getting out on our bikes

On this ride, we joined up a few routes we’d already been on, to make a circular day trip from Rhayader near the Elan Valley.  Rhayader is where you stay on our Welsh National Cycle Route holiday.  you spend two days here – you can either have a rest & watch the Red Kites overhead – or cycle up to the Elan Valley reservoirs.  This trip we did is about to join the “rest day” options!

Up the River Wye, following National Cycle route 8 through a magical nature reserve, towering hills all around.

Wye valley near Rhayader

Wye valley near Rhayader

Stopped at Llangurig to refuel – the teashop has closed, but the village shop had lots of supplies and the Bluebell Inn is the perfect place for lunch, especially if you snuggle into the wooden settle next to the fire.  A perfect Welsh pub.

Then up and up onto the moors and forest above the Elan Valley.  much puffing and panting here.  A wonderful picnic stop by the river as the forest road deteriorated into a stony track & then we were at the top.  The moorland of the upper Elan Valley & fantastic views all around.

Welsh national cycle route

Route 818

Downhill next, all the way down to the reservoirs – its just like being in the Lake District – forest, mountains & water.  The reservoirs were full, so the water was flowing over the dams.  The Victorian builders of the dams added jutting stones in the face of the dams – to make the water fall look even more spectacular.  The Victorians always made a great job of making their grand engineering projects look good as well as work well.

Élan valley

Élan valley

Then the best reward of all, the tea room at Penbont House was open.  So scones & jam & cream all round.

Tea at the elan Valley

Tea at the elan Valley

We finished the day, by following the beautiful cycle track alongside the Garreg-ddu and Caban coch reservoirs.  Mountain Ash, and late summer flowers & buterflies, and the wacky sculptures made this even more special.

And back home to write it all up.

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