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Customer story: Playgrounds of Austria

Meet our May winners of the Customer Competition! Amy, Richard and little Beatrice traveled together to Austria to explore this beautiful part of the world just before welcoming a new addition to their family. After returning home, with memories still fresh of their two-wheeled adventure, Amy felt inspired to send us a great write-up of their experience and give you a window into what you can expect from a family cycling holiday…

‘With a 2 year old in tow, and another little one on the way in 4 months, we thought that a springtime Alpine cycling adventure would be the perfect way to have a last family holiday as a three and build our confidence for the next time we pack our panniers with two little ones to contend with! And we were not disappointed – the Zillertal is the absolute ideal base for a wonderful family cycling trip; idyllic off-road flat cycle routes along rivers and railways, swimming and ice cream stops aplenty, contented cows and meadowland, a real-life narrow gauge steam train, hearty hospitality, and all surrounded by stunning mountain scenery – and crucially, plenty of great playgrounds. The hotel was a real treat, so friendly and perfect for families – a wonderful garden, playground, playroom and swimming pool which kept us all happy, and fantastic 5 or 6 course meals every night.

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We hired both a bike seat and a child trailer, and our daughter was very happily entertained with scenery, songs, stories, snacks and snoozes in the back, while we did the hard (or not so hard) work…

A particular highlight was the Reintaler See on the Lakes tour, where we happened upon an Austrian tourist board photo shoot with some pro cyclists (cheerfully drinking coffee and pedalo-ing at the time…) ahead of the UCI Road World Championships to be hosted in the Tyrol next year.

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Rattenberg was another great stopping point on the ride to Kufstein – a picturesque historic small town in the literal shadow of ‘Rat Mountain’, meaning that it is in darkness for the winter months – or would be, were it not for a set of 30 heliostats, or rotating mirrors, installed on the opposite side of the valley to reflect much needed sunlight onto the residents. The nearby Schloss Matzen has a lovely shaded playground in the castle grounds.

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We also loved the trip up the valley to Mayrhofen, so much so that we repeated it to revisit the open air pool – and of course, playground – at Zell-am-Ziller. It was great to have the option of hopping on a train along with the trailer at any point on all the rides. On our ‘rest day’ we hiked through the forest above us to a woodland play area and nature trail, where the local forest school children were having a fine time building a dam in a mountain stream. The swimming lake at Schlitters (only 5km ride along the river from Fuegen) is also host to a fabulous adventure playground with a giant wooden giraffe, which we visited on more than one occasion.

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Having thoroughly explored every playground the Tyrol can possibly have to offer, with the added bonus of beautiful calm rides through mountain and valley scenery and a wonderful hotel, we can safely say that we can’t wait to come back and introduce our ne addition to the joys of exploring the Tyrolean valleys on two wheels!’

Feeling inspired? Our centre based Tyrollean Valleys trip is a great fit for young families or for those new to cycling holidays. Feeling more confident? Check out our full range of family cycling holidays.

Summer is here! Inspire a new generation…

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Kids love cycling and with a great range of bicycle hire options (including kids seats, trailers and tag-a-longs) our younger family range is perfect for budding cyclists,eager to explore the globe on two wheels. Check out 3 of our family cycling holidays to suit a range of bank balances this summer…

1. On a budget: Hadrian’s Cycleway
Go supported this summer and you’ll benefit from the wonderful help and support of our expert guides! This is a great opportunity to introduce the little ones to one of the UK’s most historically fascinating features.

2. The middle ground: Tyrolean Valleys
The quiet cycle paths in Austria are perfect for building the kid’s confidence on the bikes! Combine this with the comfort of your 4 star, centre-based accommodation and this is the perfect tour for those looking to ease the little ones into a two-wheeled holiday.

3. Splashing out: A Southern Dalmatian Adventure
Short, daily cycling distances allow plenty of opportunity to soak up all the fun activities up for grabs in Croatia! From quality relaxation on board your yacht for the week, to splashing and rafting the crystal clear waters. This is a very popular option, with limited availability on all of our summer departures – book now to secure your space!

Looking for a more challenging family option?
If your little ones are not so little anymore and you’re looking for a trip with slightly longer distances each day, why not try the Gentle Via Claudia? Featuring the best of northern Italy, this is a great chance to explore some of the countries finest landscapes.

Our Favourite Family Cycling Holidays…

Helping inspire a new generation of Skedaddlers is something we’re really passionate about at Skedaddle HQ. 2015 has seen some magical cycling memories made by lots of little wheels and we thought we’d share some of our most popular tours from the past year, as well as what families thought about the trips themselves…

1. Which trip?
Morocco – Desert, Mountains & Coast

Holiday highlights:

  • Camel trekking into the desert 
  • Navigating the maze of magical souks in Marrakech
  • Experiencing the longest zip wire in Africa at a fun family adventure centre in the Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy a range of activities on the beach at Essaouira, from horse riding to surfing

Feedback:
I was a bit nervous about taking the whole family on a cycling holiday, however this was the perfect mixture of cycling with other elements (adventure centre and beach). And the guides Saaid and Yassim were brilliant.
Michael, Bavaria

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2. Which trip?
Germany, Austria & Switzerland – Lake Constance

Holiday highlights:

  • Picnic lunches on the banks of Lake Constance to refuel after your cycling
  • Visiting the exotic butterfly house on the island of Mainau
  • Post-ride dips in the lake to cool off

Feedback:
This was a great family holiday, the children both really enjoyed themselves, especially the swimming in the lake! The hotel in Lindau was amazing, and the lady that looked after us was particularly helpful. Thank you for a fantastic holiday that we can’t recommend enough.
Becky, Bristol

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3. Which trip?
Northern Spain – Asturian Coastal Ride

Holiday highlights:

  • Discovering the treasure chest of unspoilt beaches, coves & rock pools which can be found along the Asturian coastline
  • Enjoying the impressive natural Bufones (blowholes) de Pria
  • Giving kayaking a go down the beautiful River Sella

Feedback:
We enjoyed all the days but the last day kayaking was probably the most memorable. Seeing the start of the Sella race was amazing and then kayaking down with crowds of celebrating Spaniards through lovely scenery was fantastic fun.
Sarah, Cheshire 

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4. Which Trip?
Hadrian’s Cycleway – 4 Day Supported

Holiday highlights:

  • Following in the footsteps of the ancient Romans
  • Learning about the Wall’s fascinating history at one of the fun Roman forts along the way
  • Taking on a coast to coast challenge with the family

Feedback:
‘We had a good laugh with our guide, Les, who is very likeable. More importantly though his group leadership skills were excellent. He managed the two families who cycled at different paces very well.’
Angela, Leeds

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This is just a flavour of the family cycling holidays we have on offer in 2016! For a full list and to find more inspiring rides for you and the kids, click here to view our website.