Posts filtered by tags: Cycling Holidays[x]


Perfect for the wilderness: a Cairngorms safari by e-bike

Host to lush forests, red deer and buzzards, an out-of-season guided cycle trip around Braemar reveals a landscape in a state of fluxBraemar out of season is a strange place to be. Not quite lifeless, but definitely falling into an autumnal torpor. After an extraordinarily busy summer hosting the great flood of northbound domestic tourists, in late October just a few B&Bs and pubs are hanging on before some much-needed downtime.At the edges of the village though, and in the wider, wilder country...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Life and style, Cycling, Wildlife, Cycling Holidays, Dan Brown, Wildlife Holidays, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highlands Holidays, Braemar, Rachael Iveson Brown

E for easy: cycling the Swiss Alps by e-bike

With Switzerland now on the travel green list, it’s the perfect time to head for the hills. But if lockdown has left you struggling for fitness, an e-bike can take the strain out of the climbs‘C’est magnifique!” exclaims Armand. Before us lies Switzerland’s Imperial Crown, a spectacular array of five 4,000-metre peaks, with the Matterhorn looming just beyond. Armand and I have reached our magnificent viewpoint after a 1,000-metre climb on e-mountain bikes from the pretty village of Grimentz.I’m ...
Tags: Travel, Cycling, Switzerland, Cycling Holidays, Zermatt, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays, Switzerland Holidays, Chamonix, Vince, Adrià, Grimentz, Armand, Armand Before

10 of the best UK hostels for adventures – and the rule of six

Shared dorms are out, but these private rooms are great value and a safe base from which to explore glorious beaches, walks and bike trails this autumnThe YHA hostel at the National Landscape Discovery Centre opened in 2017 after an extensive project to replace the former, 80-year-old hostel. It’s a five-minute walk to one of the best-preserved stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as access to the 267-mile Pennine Way. Short circular walks nearby include the four-mile Steel Rigg route, passing S...
Tags: Travel, UK, Heritage, Cycling Holidays, Food And Drink, Top 10s, Hostels, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Swimming Holidays, Surfing Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Hadrian, Pennine Way Short, Steel Rigg

To the lighthouse – one of the UK’s toughest bike rides

The Cape Wrath Challenge at the northern tip of Scotland was dreamed up by a postwar cycling enthusiast who thought that bike touring clubs were turning softAt the north-western tip of Scotland, cut off from the mainland by a tidal inlet that can be treacherous to cross, is a single-track road that winds for 11 miles through desolate moorland to a squat Victorian lighthouse at the edge of Cape Wrath. The road has barely been touched since it was first built in 1826 to bring in the materials to b...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, Britain, Cycling, Cycling Holidays, Adventure Travel, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highlands Holidays, Cape Wrath The road, Cape Wrath Fellowship, Rex Coley, Warwickshire Rex, Sheila Hanlon

Wine, cycling, art, cuisine: village life and a cool guesthouse south of Bordeaux

The former tasting house in Sauternes, noted for its luscious dessert wine, is now a stylish B&B – and a great base for a heady cycle tour of the areaArriving in Sauternes feels like landing in the middle of a French feel-good movie. You roll into the village, some 40km south of Bordeaux, along winding roads that run past meticulously tended vines bordered by low stone walls – and wish you were in an open-top car. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Cycling Holidays, Food And Drink, Bed and breakfasts, Short breaks, Bordeaux, Wine Holidays, France Holidays

10 of the best outdoor adventures in Europe: readers’ tips

From wild swimming to climbing an active volcano or tackling a via ferrata, our tipsters share their most thrilling open-air achievementsWalk 230 miles in Scotland and go days without seeing anyone. I navigated the unmarked trail, at times with no path, through soaring mountains and wild landscapes, across swollen rivers and beaches with sand as white as anything in the Seychelles. Starting at Fort William with a boat crossing, the trail hugs the rugged west coast, dipping in and out of sea loch...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Scotland, Cycling Holidays, Top 10s, Walking Holidays, Climbing holidays, Adventure Travel, Seychelles, Europe Holidays, Canoeing And Kayaking Holidays, Fort William, Darren Dunsmore

From horse marathons to Roman running: 11 great UK adventures

The euphoria of outdoor challenges – mainstream and eccentric – has proved life-changing for our fresh-air enthusiastsIt was completely accidental. Growing up in north-east London, I’d never even heard of the Three Peaks Challenge – entailing people climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within a 24-hour window. But a friend was doing it for charity and asked if I wanted to join him. Without hesitating, I said yes. I’d recently had a gun pulled on me which misfired – twice. Th...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Wales, Cycling Holidays, Walking Holidays, Climbing holidays, Adventure Travel, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Scotland England

I cycled from Dieppe to Nice and saw a different France

A 1,000km ride on cycle trails in the Seine, Loire and Rhône valleys takes in a France inaccessible by car – and brings a rare sense of freedomThe crunch of tyres on gravel rouses me from my doze. Damn it! I knew I shouldn’t have hit “snooze”. I unzip my tent and look out on to a dewy football field. A van has pulled into the car park – it’s the groundsman arriving for morning duties. I’d intended to be out of here before anyone found me, so wiggle out of the tent and pack it as quickly and quie...
Tags: Travel, UK, France, Paris, Cycling Holidays, Nice, North Sea, Green travel, Adventure Travel, Camping Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Dieppe, Chaussy, Seine Loire

10 of the UK's best hotels and hostels for cyclists and walkers

From hostels with drying rooms to pubs with storage and hotels with a pick-up service, unleash your wild side at one of these secluded yet practical places to stayA new hotel concept that focuses solely on the practicalities of cycling and walking in typical English weather. Inevitably mud is something of a preoccupation. “We will have drying areas, a bicycle station with cleaning area, a dog grooming and bathing station,” says Simon Kershaw, executive director. “And a shower area for guests, to...
Tags: Travel, UK, Hotels, Pubs, Life and style, Cycling Holidays, Top 10s, Short breaks, Hostels, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Simon Kershaw

How do you get teenagers on a cycling holiday? Try the Danube for an easy ride

‘The prospect of cajoling my kids to cycle from Vienna to Budapest filled me with dread – but the only drama came from the scenery’In the weeks before we left for our cycling trip along the Danube, through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, I felt a rising sense of dread. Attempting to get two teenagers to ride up to 60km every day for six days seemed an increasingly unpalatable prospect. I consulted friends who cycle regularly. “OMG 60km will be tough for the children,” one texted. The weather fore...
Tags: Travel, Danube, Vienna, Budapest, Hungary, Cycling Holidays, Family Holidays, Europe Holidays, Austria Holidays, Slovakia Holidays, Vienna holidays, Austria Slovakia, Budapest holidays, Hungary holidays

20 of the best no-fly family holidays in Europe

Give the fly and flop a miss this summer and consider these more sustainable places to visit – and stay – by train, ferry or busWith its beaches, creative restaurants, art galleries and Viking museums, Jutland has plenty to recommend it, plus, this summer, two new nature-themed parks. Naturkraft – “the world’s first sustainability theme park” – is due to open on 50 hectares of former seabed in West Jutland in July, with exhibitions, a forest garden, maze, ziplines and hands-on activities to enco...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Cycling Holidays, Family Holidays, Beach Holidays, Camping Holidays, Europe Holidays, Jutland, Billund, West Jutland, Naturkraft, Horsens, Jorgensens Hotel

From Tooting to the Tirol: a family cycle trip by train

Sunburn and one spectacular tumble aside, it’s good times all the way when one family takes the train from London to the start of their freewheeling Italian cycling holidayI’d like to take credit for the brilliant notion of travelling by train to our summer holiday in Italy, but it was my wife who came up with the idea. By family consensus, our two best holidays ever have involved either overnight trains (Moscow to St Petersburg and back) or cycling (along the Danube) and she had found a way to ...
Tags: Travel, London, Danube, Vienna, Italy, Rail Travel, Moscow, Cycling Holidays, Family Holidays, St Petersburg, Italy Holidays, Adige River, South Tirol At

Two wheels, no rules: bikepacking across Scotland

Where hiking can be a slog, cycling offers freedom. Nowhere more so than in the Highlands, where wild camping is legal and bothies aboundIn the dog days of summer 2016 I rode my bike from Taynuilt on Loch Etive to Findhorn on the Moray Firth using the wildest and loneliest ways I could find. Logging and estate tracks, stalkers’ paths, drovers’ and 18th-century military roads and disused railways, as well as modern cycle paths and tarmac took me from one coast of Scotland to the other. At the tim...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Cycling, Cycling Holidays, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Green travel, Budget Travel, Scotland Holidays, Camping Holidays, Highlands, United Kingdom Holidays, Findhorn, Taynuilt, Loch Etive

Peak and mix: adventure activities in Glen Coe, Scotland

Whether it’s ice-climbing, hiking, cycling or skiing, our writer and her family find there’s much more to this elemental Highland landscape than stunning viewsThe Lost Valley of Glen Coe isn’t hard to find. The path to it starts at a car park on the A82, crosses the glen and River Coe, then starts to ascend. After a nerve-racking narrow stretch above a gorge, the route continues, curving round boulders and crossing the river again via stepping stones. Then, there it is – the Lost Valley or Coire...
Tags: Travel, Cycling Holidays, Family Holidays, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Skiing Holidays

How to make the most of the woods this autumn

Foraging, wildlife, art, cycling and walks feature in this pick of autumnal activities, set to a glorious backdrop this year as leaf colours promise to be particularly richWestonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury is one of the best places in the UK to view a huge variety of autumn colours. The arboretum has 2,500 tree species from all over the world, including a national collection of maples. This autumn is predicted to be spectacular, thanks to a wet June and a sunny July, which provided trees with th...
Tags: Travel, UK, Trees and forests, Cycling Holidays, Top 10s, Wildlife Holidays, Foraging, United Kingdom Holidays, Autumn Walks, TETBURY, Old Arboretum

Where environmentalists go on holiday

To mark Climate Week, campaigners and writers reveal how they take their holidays while staying true to their eco-valuesKate Humble, TV presenter and author Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Rail Travel, Cycling Holidays, Green travel, Walking Holidays, Climate Week

10 of the UK's best railway cycle paths

Former railway lines up and down the country now offer great, family-friendly off-road cycle trails – and some even go up and down a bitStart/finish Wenfordbridge/Padstow (with a short spur to Bodmin)Distance 18 miles Getting there/away From Bodmin Parkway station it’s a short ride to the trail at Boscarne Junction, north-west of Bodmin town. Alternatively, pop your bike on one of Bodmin and Wenford Railway’s steam trains from Bodmin Parkway to the junction. Head north-east along the trail to re...
Tags: Travel, UK, Life and style, Cycling, Rail Travel, Cycling Holidays, Family Holidays, Green travel, United Kingdom Holidays, Padstow, Bodmin, Wenfordbridge Padstow, Bodmin Parkway, Boscarne Junction, Wenford Railway, Wenfordbridge

King of the castles: a cabin stay on Northumberland's mighty coast

In Alnmouth, new off-grid seaside huts make a great base for car-free exploring – whether you like your fortresses ruined or smartly keptAs night fell, a lighthouse beam caught my eye as it flickered across the sea from Amble. I folded away the seaside cabin’s mini-table, switched off the radio and stepped out on to the porch, waiting for my eyes to adjust to a night sky packed with stars. It was spellbinding. The north-east coast, with its castles, characters and legends, has magic everywhere, ...
Tags: Travel, Heritage, Rail Travel, Cycling Holidays, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Self-catering, Green travel, Beach Holidays, Walking Holidays, Northumberland, Camping Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Northumberland Holidays

Sculpture from the saddle: a cycling and art tour of Belgium

Only in bike-mad Flanders could they create an installation like Limburg’s Cycling Through Water, part of an art trail designed to regenerate the region – and be seen from a bicycleA ring-necked duck swam by at eye level, the water rippling beside me without spilling over the high metal sides of the Cycling Through Water bike path.This 212-metre concrete path is 1.5 metres deep and slices a pond in two, allowing cyclists to pedal straight through it. From a distance, the position of the path cre...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Art and design, Flanders, Belgium, Cycling Holidays, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Europe Holidays, Limburg, Belgium holidays

Too posh to pitch? Easy bikepacking in the Peak District

To our writer’s delight, the tent is already up, the food sorted and route plotted on this new camping and cycling trip in the PeaksTwigs crackle and mud splatters as I weave and bounce through the woods, but my sleeping bag stays firmly fixed to my handlebars. When the GPS points to a hidden path, we take it and discover our lamp-lit bell tent sheltered by a sycamore tree. There’s a flickering fire, a hamper of goodies and two chairs awaiting our weary limbs. It’s a magical sight, especially af...
Tags: Travel, Cycling Holidays, Adventure Travel, Camping Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Derbyshire Holidays, Peak District Holidays, Tom Continue

Croatia's quiet side: the Neretva delta

Less than two hours from packed Dubrovnik, a peaceful riverside area perfect for cycling, swimming and boat trips lies waiting to be exploredIt’s 6pm on a Saturday in Opuzen, and I’ve just ordered my second £1 beer. Around me, the sunset is turning the off-white marble of the village’s church and houses a rosé pink. A group of men sit beneath an olive tree sliding drafts around a board, and a ginger cat twirls around a lamp-post. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Cycling Holidays, Croatia, Beach Holidays, Summer Holidays, Dubrovnik, Europe Holidays, Croatia Holidays, Dubrovnik Holidays, Neretva, Opuzen

10 of the best activity holidays in Ireland

With its rugged coast, lakes and hills, Ireland is one big adventure playground – perfect for kayaking, hiking, cycling and road trips20 of the best pubs in IrielandStanding at 1,039 metres in the middle of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range, Carrauntoohil is the tallest mountain in Ireland. The range spreads out across 100 sq km in the heart of the Ring of Kerry, adding drama to the Iveragh peninsula’s wild, beautiful landscape. Start the Carrauntoohil ascent from Cronin’s Yard, a car park with se...
Tags: Travel, Music, Ireland, Road Trips, Cycling Holidays, Top 10s, Kerry, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Devil, Ireland Holidays, Cronin, Killarney, Iveragh Peninsula, Carrauntoohil

Cycle and surf from Bordeaux to Bilbao

A 300-mile bike ride from France into Spain, with surfing and beach yoga interludes along the way, proves exhilarating – if exhaustingWhen I heard about Ticket to Ride’s new “cycle surfari” from Bordeaux to Bilbao – cycling 300 miles over seven days and surfing en route – I jumped at the chance to join. OK, so I only ever cycle a few miles to work. And sure, I’ve never been on a surfboard. But how hard can it be? Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Cycling Holidays, Adventure Travel, Bordeaux, Spain Holidays, Surfing Holidays, Camping Holidays, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Bilbao

A bike tour of the real Barbados

Kevin Rushby fears Barbados will be too bling for him – until he gets off the beaten track and discovers its glorious beaches, locals’ bars and rich historyI’m going for a ride with Randy Licorish. We’ve put the bikes in a pickup truck and are heading through the traffic south of Bridgetown. I have to admit that all I’ve seen since arriving in Barbados the night before are endless low-rise buildings, plus a lot of traffic squeezing down narrow, twisting lanes that were never intended for such ve...
Tags: Travel, Heritage, Cycling Holidays, Cultural Trips, Beach Holidays, Caribbean Holidays, Barbados, Kevin Rushby, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados holidays, Randy Licorish

On the Levels: cider, crafts and cycling in Somerset

An idyllic few days in the West Country takes in the local tipple, lazy rivers and crafts stretching back to antiquity. Plus 5 more autumn tripsI smell the harvest before we see it – a floral sweetness drifts in the autumn air, while a hint of wood smoke lingers on the nose. I’m on the Somerset Levels, that secret area of wetland bounded by the Mendips, the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills, and heading to Pass Vale Farm at Burrow Hill, which is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of all things cid...
Tags: Travel, Cycling Holidays, Food And Drink, Cultural Trips, Somerset, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Somerset Holidays, West Country, Blackdown Hills, Pass Vale Farm, Burrow Hill

Better by bike: a guide to the top cycle rides in Britain

From the Scottish coast to the Channel Islands, gear up for our pick of the best ways to explore the British isles on two wheelsJust as I was about to launch myself from the comfort of a minibus on to a bike and into some of the most remote country in the UK, I was reminded to “hold on to the door, or the wind will rip it off”. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, UK, Life and style, Britain, Cycling, Cycling Holidays, Channel Islands, Scotland Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Hampshire holidays

Big in Japan: dozens of adventure trips and activities

From tropical scuba-diving to a samurai festival and skiing in perfect powder, these adventures are as varied as Japan’s climateBeyond the futuristic imagery of its cities, much of Japan is rural or wilderness, especially outside the Kanto and Kansai areas. In the bush you may spot local fauna, such as Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) in the mountains of Nagano, deer in Hiroshima and Nara, wild boar in the hills of Miyagi, foxes in Yamagata, and serows in Aomori. Your best bet for seeing ussuri ...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Art, Asia, Japan, Unesco, Cycling Holidays, Climbing holidays, Adventure Travel, Japan holidays, Hiroshima, Skiing Holidays, Diving Holidays, Nagano, Myanmar Holidays, Kansai

Peaks and troughs: cycling and eating in Austria’s Tyrol

Ahead of the Road World Championships, our writer samples the Alpine route, before riding off in search of the area’s best food producersFrom the moment I step off the plane in Innsbruck, mountains dominate the view. Mighty and majestic, they instil a twinge of excitement (mixed with dread) when I imagine being up among them on two wheels.It will certainly make for a magnificent backdrop next week, when more than 1,000 professional cyclists descend on Tyrol, western Austria, for the Road World C...
Tags: Travel, Austria, Cycling, Innsbruck, Cycling Holidays, Food And Drink, Norway, Alps Holidays, Alpine, Austria Holidays, UCI, Tyrol, US Qatar, Herz der Alpen

Fjords, ferries and forks: cycling the Haute Route Norway

Tackling a tough, three-day course around Stavanger, Peter Kimpton battles the elements to discover a stunning landscape that involves as much water as land Garlanded with wispy clouds, jagged mountains rise sharply above glassy lakes, reflected to sky with such perfection you are almost dizzy with how upside down it all appears. Or is that a mirage – from exhaustion? From the moment 250 cyclists clattered nervously, like skinny, helmeted warriors on to a ferry at 6.45am to battle through the wa...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Life and style, Cycling, Cycling Holidays, Norway, Europe Holidays, Norway Holidays, Stavanger, Stavanger Peter Kimpton

Mountain biking and canoeing in Sweden

On the fourth leg of his Scandinavian summer tour, Kevin Rushby pedals and paddles round Jämtland’s lush forests, snowy peaks and famous blue lake• Scandi tour: part 3, part 2, part 1There comes a point in life when your children start to find excuses not to travel with you any more. Maddy (15) was quite diplomatic about it. “Dad, I’m not keen on mountain biking. I don’t think I’ll come, thanks.” But I was determined to get her to join me in Sweden; I like her company. So I did what any responsi...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Cycling Holidays, Camping Holidays, Europe Holidays, Sweden Holidays, Fishing Holidays, Canoeing And Kayaking Holidays, Kevin Rushby, Maddy, Jämtland, Scandinavia holidays

October - 2021
November - 2021
December - 2021