Frequently Asked Questions
What is a self-guided cycling holiday?
A self-guided cycling holiday is led by you. We provide you with the appropriate maps, guidebooks and/or route notes to enable you to ride the chosen route at your own pace and with the people you choose to ride with. We arrange your accommodation and offer the option of arranging luggage transfers, but we do not provide a tour guide or escort on any of our holidays.
How fit do I need to be for these holidays?
To get the maximum enjoyment out of your cycling holiday, you should be in good shape and accustomed to cycling the distances described in the route details on the holiday you have chosen. The best (and most pleasurable) way to ensure this is to go for a few rides in the weeks leading up to your holiday. Click here for more information on a basic training guide for a beginner and how to prepare yourself for your cycling journey.
What do I need to wear and bring for cycling?
Cycling shorts, a light windproof jacket and trainers are the standard recommendation. Quick-dry synthetic shirts are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe, avoiding the chill which normal cotton T-shirts are prone to. Helmets are strongly recommended, as they can help prevent a head injury if you fall from your bike. We provide information on what to wear and what to bring in your holiday pack.
Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?
You will need to provide your own bike, along with a repair kit and any other necessary equipment. If you need to hire a bike, there are multiple hire shops across the UK who provide bike hiring services and expert advice.
As our routes contain a mixture of roads, country lanes, riverside paths, rail paths and village streets, we recommend a cyclocross bicycle. It is a special type of road bike designed to be ridden on mixed surfaces. If you are planning on riding one of our mountain biking routes, then a sturdy mountain bike is recommended.
Can I extend my holiday by booking extra nights?
Yes. You can book as many extra nights as you wish. To assist you in choosing where to spend an extra night, we have briefly described some of the places visited along each route in the tour Fact Files.
How do I get to the start of the cycling holiday?
We provide information on how to get to and from your cycling journey by public transport in your holiday pack. If you plan to travel by car, it is usually possible to leave it at the guesthouse or hotel at the start or at the end of the route for the duration of your holiday. We can check this for you once your booking is confirmed. Some hotels and guesthouses may charge a small fee for this service.
How do I get back at the end of cycling?
We provide information on how to get to and from your holiday by public transport in your holiday pack.
Do I need to book any accommodation at the start of the route, the night before I start cycling or at the end after I've finished cycling the route?
No. The holiday price includes accommodation at the start of the route, the night before you start cycling and at the end of the route after you have finished cycling.
What will my accommodation be like?
On a self-guided cycling holiday, with each night spent at a different location, we have to make use of a wide variety of accommodations. These range from hotels, inns and guesthouses to small B&Bs. Many are historic buildings; all are very comfortable with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the accommodation is in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms, but in some of the remoter areas where accommodation is limited, the rooms may not always have private facilities. We always book en-suite rooms where available.
Do you arrange luggage transfers between overnights along the route?
On all of our holidays we provide the option to have luggage transfers arranged for you to transfer your luggage (one bag per person) between your accommodations along the route. This is an optional service that you should select when making your booking.
What are your restrictions on baggage?
To aid the baggage carriers and to ensure that your luggage arrives safely, there is a weight limit in place of 17kg per bag (one bag per person). There should be no loose items such as shoes or plastic bags fitted to your luggage and each bag should be labelled with the tags provided in your holiday pack.
FOOD AND MEALS
What meals are provided?
Breakfast is provided each day.
In keeping with the flexible nature of these holidays we do not provide packed lunches - these can be ordered from your accommodation the evening before, but there is often an inn, café or restaurant along the route where you can obtain lunch. The itinerary we provide lists all the inns, café's, restaurants or tea-rooms along the trail. Evening meals are not normally included; instead they can be obtained from your accommodation each night or from an inn nearby. Your Holiday Pack contains recommendations on places to obtain evening meals.
I'm a vegetarian / have a special diet, can you cater for this?
Yes. Vegetarian meals are always available. Please tell us of this requirement when booking. We may also be able to cater for more restricted diets, but please check with us first before booking.
If your question isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us