Conquer the Coast to Coast!

Stretch your cycling goals this year and take on the North of England’s most famous two-wheeled challenge — the Coast to Coast

This 140-mile sea to sea spectacular serves up awe-inspiring views in the Lake District and North Pennines, alongside serene moments of green fields and THE most well-earned rests you can imagine. If you’ve already ticked of the C2C, here are 3 more rewarding journeys in the UK we recommend…

1. History In The Pedalling — Hadrian’s Cycleway
Duration: 2 to 6 Days … Distance: 100 miles
Travel along the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, starting and finishing at either end of Hadrian’s Wall. You’ll experience fascinating historical sites such as Birdoswald Fort and Vindolanda, as well as the hard-to-beat beauty of Cumbria and Northumberland.

2. On Yer Bike In Bonny Scotland — Lochs and Glens 
Duration: 5 days … Distance: 128 Miles
Cycling trips don’t start much prettier than at the shoreline of Loch Lomond. You’ll journey across the Scottish highlands, open moorland and alongside the incredible Grampian Mountains. Historic sites of battles and ancient castles come as standard, as does the beautiful wildlife.

3. An Epic Tale On Two Wheels — Romans, Reivers and Ancient Castles
Duration: 10 days … Distance: 289 Miles
NEW TRIP! We’re bringing you the best of three ancient times as we journey from the Roman Empire along Hadrian’s Wall, to the Viking and Norman conquests on Northumberland’s coastline, and the border country where the raiding Reivers once roamed.

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Bike Swaziland! Africa’s best kept secret

Join our latest mountain bike journey in the wild kingdom of Swaziland, singletrack and sundowners! Here you can experience lesser visited trails, on a once in a lifetime journey taking in some of the world’s most mighty mammals. Watch our video for a sneak peek, or read on t o discover more:

Challenging trails to thrill en route…
During the course of the trip there will be everything from flowing singletrack across grassy meadows to smooth forest dirt roads, as well as some short sections of granite slickrock to boot. All this with epic vistas to accompany you…what’s not to like?

A fun-filled journey bursting with varied experiences…
The first few days we will be riding in the mountainous area in the west, then descending to the lower hills and wildlife abundant grasslands of Nkonyeni, before the final leg of the tour in the enchanting forests of Mbuluzi in the far north-east.

Wonderful wildlife around every bend…
Swaziland is a hugely underrated safari destination where you can see many of Africa’s biggest mammals! As you explore this stunning destination you can expect to be sharing the trails with plenty of giraffes, as well as getting the chance to spot rhino and other mesmerising exotic animals.

Eager to secure your place? For more information about our new mountain biking tour click here. If African trails don’t do it for you, take a look at our other exciting new long-haul adventure Andean Journey , a cross country journey exploring remote trails in Peru.

Customer Story: Cuban photo diary

Our Customer Competition winner,  Janet Brown, recently headed to Central America for a Cycling Adventure on the ever fascinating island of Cuba! Janet was so impressed with this photogenic destination that she sent us her insightful overview of the two weeks on the Caribbean’s most vibrant island full of cycling, history, cigars and old cars…

‘As a keen photographer, I worked out that a cycling trip to Cuba was the best way to see the country, and the only way to get my other half there!

Cuba didn’t disappoint. The cycling was quite challenging, as there were a few long climbs, some cheeky climbs, and loads of undulations. We were mostly on a mixture of dirt and tarmac roads with little traffic. Our ensuite accommodation was all excellent, varying from small casa particulares to all-inclusive holiday resorts. The food was tasty and plentiful, with the choice generally being chicken, pork, beef or fish.

Finishing a ride with a beer, mojito or pina colada was a bit different to my usual mug of tea! Oh, and the photography was almost too good, with landscapes, people, horse-drawn carts and classic cars at every turn of the head.

We visited many places important to Cuban revolutionary history, with expert knowledge from our Cuban guides (Lazaro in Havana and Andry on the tour). Almost a year to the day after the death of Fidel Castro, we visited his burial place in Santiago de Cuba. 

After a circular ride on the first day, we set off from Santiago de Cuba, and rode along the coastline, heading west to Niquero over 3 days. We were a small group of 6 people, and there was quite a difference in speed on the climbs. However, with our leader Tony’s support, we pulled together and tried to help each other cope with the ups and downs.

Back on the revolutionary trail, we headed towards the Sierra Maestra, where Fidel Castro developed his hidden headquarters. Having cycled along their southern slopes, we were now heading for the northern side.

Cycling through rural farmland, we could have been travelling at any time in the last 2 centuries!

On our first non-cycling day, after a steep ride in a jeep, we trekked the last few km to Fidel Castro’s Comandancia de la Plata. This command HQ was established after a year on the run in the mountains, and was never found by Batista’s soldiers. The fridge can still be seen here in Fidel’s hut, which had several escape routes.

After a transfer from our hotel in Camaguey, we rode into Trinidad, probably my favourite place of the whole trip. A morning’s short ride to the beach was followed by time to wander around and enjoy the cobbled streets and classic cars in town.

Our final destination was Viñales, a land of limestone outcrops known as mogotes, and another wonderful area for cycling, as well as being famous for organic tobacco production. Visiting a tobacco grower, we were persuaded to try the Cuban cigars, and several of us bought them to take home. So what if I gave up smoking in 1981!

When we booked this trip, it had seemed like a good idea to finish up with a day in Havana, but we were woken by strong winds and torrential rain. Undaunted, we set off on the circular HabanaTourBus, ending up in the Café Paris for pizza, cubatas (dark rum version of a cuba libre) and Cuban music.

The return trip along the seafront Avenida de Maceo, otherwise known as the Malecón, was rather exhilarating on the open top of the bus.

And those cars? They really are amazing!’

Feeling inspired? If you would like to head to Cuba, we have two fantastic trips you can choose from!

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