Join us for an exciting new guided tour in Portugal

Psst! We’ve some exciting news to share…
Our best-selling leisure holiday, the Azure Ocean Ridehas been a firm favourite of Skedaddlers for a good few years now and in 2018 we’re chuffed to introduce a new guided version of this classic cycling journey. Alongside charismatic guides to show you the way and a support van for when the going gets tough, here’s what else you can expect…

We say:
If you dream of cycling beside the sea, this is the ride for you! The wild Atlantic ocean forms an almost constant companion as you glide ever South in search of sweeping golden beaches, tasty, fresh fish and the enchanting castles of Sintra.

You say:
“Beyond our expectations! Your partner in Portugal’s organisation and coordination was first class. The hotels were beyond our expectations, in wonderful locations and extremely comfortable. Sintra was just amazing an added bonus which we were not expecting! Tim, Wiltshire

The views along the Atlantic coast were amazing. We also enjoyed the variety of terrain, which included forested areas, fishing villages, sand dunes and castle towns. Much of our enjoyment can be attributed to the support provided by Antonio.” Bruce, Canada

Feeling inspired? 
Don’t miss your chance to join our inaugural guided tour in 2018, or go self-guided and choose your own dates. To see more of our new trips click here.

The Sandstone Way in motion

There is no need to travel far when you have some of the best trails awaiting you at your doorstep! Covering 120 miles in just 3 days, our remote and scenic Sandstone Way route in Northumberland is bursting with challenges and is a fantastic journey for those looking to get away from the chaos of everyday life without leaving UK. Get inspired by our latest video that will give you a great insight into the trip with the foreword from our Mountain Biking Product Manager Matt Cain

‘After three seasons guiding the Sandstone Way I still enjoy every trip as much as the first. There is just something very gratifying about a proper cross-country journey.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a really hard technical descent or a day blasting round a trail centre as much as anyone, but the reward that comes after a big day out in the countryside is different. Setting out early in the morning with a far-away destination in mind changes the way you ride. You tend to absorb the scenery that little bit more, taking your time to eat well, take some photos and chat to your fellow riders. There is more of a feeling of comradery, support and a joint sense of accomplishment when you roll in to the finish of the day. And what’s even better is heading to bed, well fed and knowing that you have nothing to do the next day but ride your bike.

It might be a little ‘old-school’ but I don’t think that place-to-place mountain biking tours have ever really lost their charm. The Sandstone Way is the perfect way to try out a multi-day tour before tackling a bigger trip in Scotland or abroad.’

Feeling inspired? If you are craving some spectacular wilderness and  want to take on the UK best trails, our cross-country journey Sandstone Way is the one for you! Or, head further afield and explore best trails in Europe and around the world though our extensive range of biking holidays.

North VS South: Your guide to Italian cycling

Inspiring Italy is a place that boasts many cultural treasures known ther world over, but we’d like to put a new spin on this world-famous destination! Take a closer look at what the country has to offer those keen to take to two wheels in 2018…

The North
Best for: Soaking up classic Italian culture
Trips: Venetian Waterways & A Taste of Tuscany

We say: Italy’s iconic Medieval and Renaissance architecture is most apparent in the North, an area packed full of UNESCO gems. Whether gliding past cypress tree-lined horizons or gazing in awe at romantic cities from the saddle…our holidays here help to immerse you in some of the country’s most recognisable sights.

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The South
Best for: Lesser-visited regions and sublime coastine
Trip: Puglia
We say: The South may have less glitz and glamour but what it lacks in renowned treasures, it more than makes up for in stunning vistas over azure sparkling seas. Aside from plenty of post-ride swimming opportunities, the area is also home to some historical gems too, including the fascinating town of Alberobello and the Baroque city of Lecce, otherwise known as the ‘Florence of the South’.

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