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Skedaddle Blog - News, Views, Customer Stories and Trip Updates

Moroccan Meanderings

Skedaddler Mark Cobby is a regular rider in Morocco, after taking on Road Atlas with us last year and heading back again in 2015 to take on our mountain biking trip, Atlas to Desert. Feeling so inspir...

Last Updated: 06 May 2015

Picturesque Passes in the Lakes

We’re always on the look out for new blood to join our guiding team and Tom Owen is part of our new generation of guides in 2015! Based in Lancashire, Tom knows the northern hills well and so hi...

Last Updated: 06 May 2015

Grab Yourself a Spring Bargain

Looking for a holiday with extra sparkle? With Spring offers on selected holidays from our range of HF Cycling trips, there’s never been a better time to book yourself a cycling holiday! Feeling...

Last Updated: 05 May 2015

Scandinavian Skedaddlin

Dramatic landscapes, fascinating culture and fantastic cycling routes combine to provide a totally unique experience in both Norway and Denmark. Our cycling journeys in Scandinavia take in spectacular...

Last Updated: 05 May 2015

Two Britons go to Brittany

We love receiving your Customer Competition entries and our latest article comes from leisure cyclist, Sheila McIntyre, who recently headed to France to explore beautiful Brittany with her husband! Sh...

Last Updated: 01 May 2015

Sandstone Way Launch

Just another glorious sunset over Northumberland… Our brand new mountain biking route in rural Northumberland has got us very excited for summer! Having been planned over several years, it’...

Last Updated: 30 April 2015

Cycling Checklist: Time to get Organised

Heading off on a cycling adventure soon? Our friends at Go Outdoors have created a fantastic ‘cycling checklist’ for those heading out on a biking trip for the first time. So, if you reall...

Last Updated: 29 April 2015

UK Biking: Rugged and Remote

Britain is bursting with dramatic scenery and fun biking routes, so it’s not hard to see why so many of you prefer staying in the UK, as opposed to heading off abroad! With heart racing descents and v...

Last Updated: 29 April 2015

Oh la la: French fun in the Sun

Not looking to become the King or Queen of the mountains, but still want to discover the spectacular scenery of the French countryside? Then it’s time to take a look at our range of slightly gen...

Last Updated: 29 April 2015

Picnic Pack Giveaway

Whose been out enjoying the sunshine? If, like us, you couldn’t think of anything better than heading off on two wheels with a picnic in hand, you may want to take a look at our special Spring g...

Last Updated: 22 April 2015

Time to take on an Enduro

The sun has got his hat on and there’s never been a better time to get out and enjoy blasting the trails on two wheels! If you’re eager to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, but not qui...

Last Updated: 21 April 2015

How to Package a Bike

Heading on holiday and don’t want to leave your bike at home? Don’t be put off by the expensive price airlines attach to flying with your bike! Mark Bunce from online courier service Parce...

Last Updated: 21 April 2015

Holland: Windmills, Canals and Cheese

Charming architecture, lovely landscapes and a land so flat you’d think it had been personally crafted for gentle, leisurely cycle routes – if you’re looking for mellow pedalling, there’s no better pl...

Last Updated: 20 April 2015

Whats Your French Fancy?

Looking for a laid back holiday this Summer? Our holidays in France offer a great mix of gentle riding routes and picturesque countryside, as well as some of the worlds most famous vineyards… If...

Last Updated: 20 April 2015

New Date Added For Adventure to Japan

Back due to popular demand! Having fully booked our first October departure and with lots of interest to take on a journey through this stunning Asian country, we’ve decided to add a new date, d...

Last Updated: 20 April 2015

Keep Calm and Stay in the UK

Eaten one too many Easter eggs over the holiday weekend? Then it’s time to burn off those extra calories on a UK cycling trip! Whether you’re after challenging routes to stretch the legs or just...

Last Updated: 14 April 2015

Take on the Alps

Having thawed from winter’s grip, the colossal peaks of the Alps are once again beginning to be eyed enviously by many road cyclists keen to tackle a legendary alpine col, or two… For newc...

Last Updated: 14 April 2015

Riding the Roads of Chile and Argentina

Skedaddler Jeff Thomas recently embarked on our first ever road cycling holiday to Chile and Argentina and had such a great time he wrote us this fantastic piece about his journey away with us. We lov...

Last Updated: 13 April 2015

Tales from the Shadow of the Volcano

Our cycling holiday to Chile and Argentina has fast become one of our most popular adventures at Skedaddle and its not hard to see why! This incredible destination is packed full of awe-inspiring scen...

Last Updated: 08 April 2015

A Week in Chalabre

Our Fitness Weeks are proving hugely popular this year and we’ve had lots of amazing feedback from you all about your training in the hills! Skedaddler Chris Budge is once such cyclist and after...

Last Updated: 08 April 2015

Escape to the Country

For those of you looking to explore the UK by bike, HF Cycling have a number of superb cycling holidays, all based from our magnificent country houses. From Wales to Northumberland, our accommodation...

Last Updated: 07 April 2015

Aint No Mountain High Enough

Summer is fast approaching and that means the big mountains are beginning to thaw out! We’ve a fantastic selection of trips exploring these mighty natural wonders, taking in some of the most imp...

Last Updated: 07 April 2015

Relive the Yorkshire Grand Depart

Anyone part of the cycling extravaganza that was the Tour de France last year will know what a spectacular weekend of cycling was enjoyed, both by the pro’s and spectators themselves! With stunn...

Last Updated: 07 April 2015

Vietnam: Discover the Ethereal Wonders

Boasting exquisite natural landscapes, unique exotic culture and lip smacking cuisine to fuel your legs, our Cycling Adventure to Vietnam promises a journey that will fascinate, delight and inspire! F...

Last Updated: 31 March 2015

Summer Holiday Skedaddlin

Looking for a fun-filled cycling adventure with the kids this summer? Look no further! Our family cycling holidays all have fantastic daily cycle routes, as well as a whole host of additional extra ac...

Last Updated: 31 March 2015

Skedaddle and Splash

Cast your mind back to your summer holidays and we guarantee amongst your holiday highlights are tales of trips to the sea side, epic sandcastle building and fun in the water! Knowing how much we all...

Last Updated: 24 March 2015

Ready, Steady, Singletrack

For many, long rocky descents and narrow twisting trails is the perfect combination for a biking day out. Our singletrack trips offer fun mountain trails, with plenty to grip your tyres into… Peru is...

Last Updated: 23 March 2015

Let the Odyssey Begin

Looking for that elusive ‘once in a lifetime’ trip? Time to get yourself booked onto an iconic journey! All of our long distance trips combine carefully selected routes hand picked by our...

Last Updated: 23 March 2015

Take on a Sportivein the Pyrenees

Looking to take on a sportive in 2015? Why not head to the French Pyrenees! We’ve just launched a brand new road cycling holiday exploring some of France’s most beautiful landscapes, as we...

Last Updated: 19 March 2015

Time to go Viking

Voyagers, explorers and invaders! The Vikings played a powerful role in shaping Norway’s history and now you can experience the might of this iconic era by visiting the immersive Lofotr Viking M...

Last Updated: 18 March 2015

Become the King or Queen of the Mountain

Nearly everyone who rides a road bike has aspirations to conquer a few iconic mountains from the world of professional cycling. If you’ve got your sights set high, we have a wide selection of th...

Last Updated: 16 March 2015

Drink Your Way Around Portugal

Porto’s famous Robelo boats drifting down the river… We’re pretty excited to announce a brand new cycling tour aimed specifically at leisure cyclists looking to enjoy one of the fine...

Last Updated: 13 March 2015

Tweet tweet @ Guides Week

Following hot on the heels of our fantastic Monthly Customer Competition, we’ve now introduced a Guide’s Competition for 2015. Intended to help highlight the amazing work our guides carry...

Last Updated: 12 March 2015

Northumberland: UKs Favourite Family Destination 2015

Northumberland has been voted by popular family website Mumsnet UK as the top destination to visit in the UK in 2015. Its no surprise to us that people are finally wisening up to the amazing county th...

Last Updated: 11 March 2015

Tenerife Cycling: Fun in the sun

Another month and another fantastic entry for our monthly Customer Competition! Thanks Moira Hamilton for sharing your wonderful postcard, featuring photos and highlights from your time away with us i...

Last Updated: 09 March 2015

Soul-Stirring Scenery Awaits Your Wheels

Our cycling holidays in Austria and Germany offer a great way to access the incredible abundance of picturesque landscapes, fascinating history and impressive architecture on offer. All that’s left to...

Last Updated: 09 March 2015

Italy: A Mountain Bikers Paradise

With mountainous interior and Mediterranean sunshine, its no wonder people flock to mainland Italy to get their mountain biking fix! We’ve got a great range of trips exploring the best trails on offer...

Last Updated: 09 March 2015

Customer Competition Winner: Sierra Nevada Mountains

Our first customer competition winner of 2015 goes to Skedaddler David Allen for his fantastic mountain biking entry from the trails of the sensational Sierra Nevada mountain range! Now thats what we...

Last Updated: 03 March 2015

Customer Competition Winner 2014

Stop the clocks! After a frantic two weeks of liking and sharing on Facebook our annual Customer Competition has now closed.  The votes have been counted and we are chuffed to announce that our 2014 C...

Last Updated: 03 March 2015

Fiestas, Siestas and Spanish Sun

Looking for some Spanish sunshine away from the crowds? Then we’ve a fantastic range of leisure and family cycling holidays, that explore some of the country’s most beautiful natural landscapes....

Last Updated: 02 March 2015

Sunshine Cycling and Sparkling Seas

The lure of cycling in almost guaranteed sunshine, under blue skies and set against a sparkling coastline, is impossible to resist. Combine those things with superb accomodation and fantastically fres...

Last Updated: 02 March 2015

Budapest: A Hidden Treasure Chest

Modern culture seems to have taken a fancy for the stylish Hungarian capital Budapest of late, with both film and music turning to this impressive city, often called the ‘Paris of the east,’ for inspi...

Last Updated: 24 February 2015

Tempt the Taste Buds in Italy

Looking to tantalise the taste buds on your next cycling holiday? If, like us, your perfect getaway includes enjoying delicious traditional dishes and sipping on heavenly, home grown wine, we recommen...

Last Updated: 23 February 2015

This Way to the Wilderness Playground

Looking to be inspired?! You don’t need to hop on a plane to experience biking in dramatic and awe inspiring landscapes…some of Europe’s finest scenery and impressive wilderness lies...

Last Updated: 23 February 2015

Brand New Grand Tour Date Added

Roll up, roll up! Due to popular demand we’re pleased to announce that a brand new departure has been added to our Grand Tour Road Cycling Holiday. Exploring some of the most stunning coastal sc...

Last Updated: 19 February 2015

Chinese Whispers.

Its not often our cherished tourist hot spots around the UK get a makeover, so VisitEngland’s new campaign to rename several of our much loved destinations, certainly sparked our interest! In a...

Last Updated: 18 February 2015

Cycling Colombia

Road cyclist Ged Lawrenson recently headed off to tropical Colombia with us to take on some testing climbs and experience breathtaking scenery and culture along the way! Before his tyres were even bac...

Last Updated: 18 February 2015

Summer Monkey Mountain Biking

Looking to take on an enduro this summer? Why not get involved with the Merida Summer Monkey Enduro! With a cracking course, full facilities and large prize pool this is a great all round day out that...

Last Updated: 17 February 2015

Fancy Winning a Free Family Holiday?

We’ve teamed up with Sustrans to help support the Big Pedal 2015. Hoping to inspire thousands of children to take up the challenge and cycle or scoot to school, this is a great campaign to help...

Last Updated: 16 February 2015

Time to Get Booking

We know you like to get organised for your holidays, so here’s our selection of guaranteed-to-run departures, for some of our most popular guided trips! Perfect for those wishing to finalise tra...

Last Updated: 13 February 2015

Our Customer Competition Hots Up

We all love a competition and Skedaddle is no exception Whilst we may have seen 2014 off over a month ago now we’ve been looking back over our Customer Competition Entries and enjoying what we f...

Last Updated: 12 February 2015

All Aboard: Time to Book Your Bike and Boat

Do you dream of gliding merrily down a canal, watching the world go by? Maybe relaxing on a yacht in the open water is more your cup of tea? For lovers of water, we’ve got a great range of bike …...

Last Updated: 11 February 2015

Follow in the Footsteps of the Incas

Combining dramatic, awe inspiring landscapes, striking heritage and fun trails to boot, our Cycling Adventure in Peru provides a spine-tingling tour of the breathtaking Sacred Valley – former ho...

Last Updated: 11 February 2015

To Infinity and Beyond

Intrigued by our brand new Hors Categorie tours? Coined by the French to name climbs that are beyond regular categorization, it’s no surprise these tours take on some of the big European climbs...

Last Updated: 11 February 2015

Wheel you be my Valentine?

Looking for a unique and extra special Valentines gift for your nearest and dearest this year? Why not buy your other half a Skedaddle gift voucher! Vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be used to...

Last Updated: 06 February 2015

Mountain Riding: Thine be the Glory

You may have heard us wax lyrical about our brand new Hors Categories tours and as well as a super tailored roadie schedule, each HC holiday also incorporates a RAID challenge to really kick things up...

Last Updated: 03 February 2015

An Alpine Adventure on Two Wheels

Fancy winding your way through beautiful Alpine valleys, pedalling past lush green mountains and sparkling turquoise lakes, on a journey through Austria and Italy? Look no further than our La Via Clau...

Last Updated: 02 February 2015

Time for a Skedaddle in Sunny Spain

Are you fed up of heading out on the bikes and getting engulfed by a blizzard or a drenching downpour? If, like us, you’re longing to get out into the great outdoors and feel those warm rays bea...

Last Updated: 02 February 2015

Living the Dream in Colombia

Our latest customer competition has certainly brightened up a cold and crisp Friday in the office! Sent in by Skedaddler Nigel Searle, it shows us the view of Choachi, from the top of the hills around...

Last Updated: 30 January 2015

Historic Routes to Cycle

Fancy yourself a history buff? If the past fascinates you why not take on one of our historical journeys! Our place to place trips offer a great way to experience these historical routes and learn a l...

Last Updated: 29 January 2015

Introduce Yourself to the Mountains with Skedaddle

Ever wondered what it’s like to ride a road bike high up in the mountains, but not quite sure if you’re up for the challenge of slogging it out all day every day? Keen to give it a go, but...

Last Updated: 26 January 2015

Easter Escapes to the Sea.

Ahoy there! Do beachside picnics, warm sunshine and seaside splashing sound like your perfect Easter getaway? We thought so too. Our early season holidays all provide plenty of opportunity for fun on...

Last Updated: 26 January 2015

Fun in Funky Tarifa

Think of Spain and we guarantee one of the first images to pop into your head is the costa del resorts and hoards of British tourists. Whilst certainly the case for certain parts of this large Europea...

Last Updated: 20 January 2015

Cycle Coast to Coast in 2015

People ride from coast to coast for many different reasons. For some, it’s a fitness thing or a personal challenge, whereas others just enjoy exploring the glorious countryside by bike. Whoever...

Last Updated: 19 January 2015

Azores leading the way

We love the beautiful and bubbling land of the Azores with its lush landscapes, volcano’s and abundant water life ( you can’t beat a boat trip out looking for whales and dolphins!) So, its...

Last Updated: 16 January 2015

The only way is up

“Three kilometres to go” says Stu, from the open window of the support vehicle as he eases past. “Great”, I say, giving him a thumbs up. Actually, inside my head there’s a little voice screaming “3kms...

Last Updated: 13 January 2015

Ride the Route Less Travelled in China

Think about China and what do you imagine? Hardy farmers tilling lush rice paddies powered by water buffaloes, bamboo lined emerald rivers, mist swept limestone peaks and villages dotting the countrys...

Last Updated: 12 January 2015

Take on an Iconic Journey in 2015

It’s time to start thinking about that long distance trip for this year! If you’re looking for a holiday that offers you the chance to explore the entire length of a country, are after a little bit of...

Last Updated: 12 January 2015

Skedaddle the Hadrian Way

Stretching 80 miles from from the Solway Coast in Cumbria to Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne, Hadrian’s Wall was an enormous feat of engineering excellence, masterminded by those Tuga wearing...

Last Updated: 09 January 2015

Fancy a Week of Time Travelling?

Head guide Steve skedaddles past one of Cuba’s famous old cars… Our Cycling Adventure to Cuba offers the closest thing to time travel, with a journey through a country that has experienced...

Last Updated: 08 January 2015

Cheap flights for 2015

Looking to head off on holiday in 2015? easyJet have just announced thousands of cheap seats to a range of destinations we fly to across Europe and further afield too. With flights from as little as £...

Last Updated: 02 January 2015

Skedaddle Customer Loyalty Scheme

We love the fact that you keep coming back for more…seems there’s no stopping some folks! So we thought it was about time that we gave you a little thank-you present for your support over the years. L...

Last Updated: 01 January 2015

Gorrick Spring Series Returns in 2015

The hotly anticipated Gorrick XC Spring Series returns on Sunday 18 January 2015 to kick off the New Year series in style! Once again we’ll be the headline sponsor for the events and will be on...

Last Updated: 30 December 2014

Claim your January Discount

We all know the best way to spend January is to start planning the rest of the year’s cycling and there’s no better time to be getting your 2015 Skedaddles booked than with our early seaso...

Last Updated: 30 December 2014

Moroccan Cycling Holidays

Morocco is the nearest place to the UK with a truly different culture. A flight time similar to visiting southern Italy or Spain will transport you to an altogether different destination! And if that...

Last Updated: 23 December 2014

Skedaddles Cycle Cafe Tour

Here at Skedaddle we like our cycling with a slice of cake and a cappuccino…where possible, so in 2010 we launched The Cycle HUB, combining our two passions in life at our base in Newcastle. Now...

Last Updated: 23 December 2014

Mesmerising Morocco

We love it when you get in touch and let us know how your holidays are going and one such Skedaddler, Angela Hall, went that extra mile and daily tweeted us to tell us how her road cycling trip in ...

Last Updated: 23 December 2014

Colossal landscapes in Chile and Argentina

Getting back to nature… If your ultimate holiday experience consists of taking in some of the worlds most inspiring and beautiful landscapes, you can’t go far wrong with Chile and Argentin...

Last Updated: 22 December 2014

Say hello to HF Holidays

We are chuffed to bits to announce we are now in partnership with leisure holiday operators HF holidays! Having been going abroad since its early days in 1913 we feel privileged to be part of such a l...

Last Updated: 19 December 2014

Beautiful Brittany: The Cycle Carrot

Anne and Roger get a cycling snap in front of magical Mont St Michel Ever dreamt of cycling along quiet country lanes in France? You wouldn’t be the first! With stunning scenery, quaint villages...

Last Updated: 18 December 2014

Festive Cycling Fun

Vic Keeton gives our Skedaddle water bottle a festive makeover… Congratulations to Skedaddler’s Vic Keeton and Ruth Pritchard who both sent us in some fantastically festive cycling shots t...

Last Updated: 16 December 2014

Adventuring to the Azores just got Easier

Ryanair have just announced a brand new route from London to the Azores, making this Mid- Atlantic, tropical island easier than ever to reach. With Family, Road and Leisure cycling holidays based here...

Last Updated: 16 December 2014

Head up to the Highlands in 2015

British mountain bikers are blessed with some of the best riding in the world. It’s no secret though our winter conditions are somewhat challenging! However, come the summer there are few places...

Last Updated: 16 December 2014

Adventures in Wonderlands

Looking for a holiday that will really inspire the kids? It’s time to journey beyond and take a look at some of our more exotic destinations, where wild adventures await your wheels… It seems no...

Last Updated: 16 December 2014

Cycle the Adventure in 2015

Our fantastic choice of Cycling Adventures take in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. The idea behind these trips is to allow you to immerse yourself in a destination in a way which...

Last Updated: 16 December 2014

Come fly with me

Time to jump for joy, after lengthy campaigns from airlines and holiday firms, Air Passenger Duty has finally been scrapped for children under 12, as of next May! This is perfect timing for those look...

Last Updated: 16 December 2014

Book a slice of Spring Sunshine

It’s December, the nights are closing in and whilst Christmas is just round the corner it’s time to plan for some springtime sunshine. We’ve some fantastic guided or self guided leis...

Last Updated: 09 December 2014

The Best of Lands End to John OGroats

Our end to end Tour of Britain, Lands End to John O’Groats, is our original iconic journey and still as popular as ever! Aside from the huge achievement in completing this journey by bike, there...

Last Updated: 05 December 2014

Cuba: Alive with the sound of music

Regular Skedaddler Jim Taylor recently headed over to Central America for a Cycling Adventure on the ever energetic island of Cuba! Jim was so impressed with his trip away that he sent us in this blog...

Last Updated: 05 December 2014

The Outer Limits Tales from our biking trip in the Outer Hebrides

Immerse yourself in the Hebrides Regular customers, Sharon and John Deaves head to Scotland for a spot of island hopping. Within an hour of being on the Isles, we caught our first glimpse of why we ha...

Last Updated: 05 December 2014

Keeping Healthy and Hydrated

Sports therapist Jo returns with another insightful blog relating to keeping fit and healthy on the bike! This month she tackles the issue of keeping hydrated whilst out riding and the types of drinks...

Last Updated: 05 December 2014

Life through a LENS

Russ Cummings and friends have been joining Skedaddle trips for a number of years now and they always bring their photographer-friend Rob “if it moves I’ll shoot it” Sharp of Lightrapper Photography w...

Last Updated: 05 December 2014

Mountain Biking in Awesome Andalucia

Matt from the Skedaddle office returned recently from guiding on our Trans Andaluz holiday. Here’s what he thought about the trip. “Even for those of us ‘on the inside’ a holiday to a new...

Last Updated: 02 December 2014

Road Cycling in Mediterranean Europe

The lure of cycling in golden sunshine, under blue skies, set against a sparkling coastline is almost impossible to resist. Combine those things with stunning mountain scenery, fantastic fresh food an...

Last Updated: 02 December 2014

Time to explore the UK by road bike

We know what busy lives you all lead and that sometimes a week away is just not possible! That’s why we’ve created a fantastic range of short cycling breaks, giving you the chance to get a...

Last Updated: 02 December 2014

Border Crossing

Regular Skeddadler Katharine Howe’s trip away with us this year saw her taking on the Via Claudia from Fernpass in Austria to Italy’s Lake Garda. There is something about a journey that cr...

Last Updated: 26 November 2014

A Family Affair

As well as excellent cycling routes to engage and inspire the kids our self guided family cycling holidays also have lots of other fun activities to keep the whole family entertained along the way, he...

Last Updated: 26 November 2014

Spain, Singletrack & the Sierras

Skedaddle’s resident mountain goat and off road aficionado Matt decided he’d head to Spain for his mountain biking fix this year. He couldn’t decide whether to go to the North or the South, so we sent...

Last Updated: 26 November 2014

Flirt With Some Dirt

Chief guide Steve Woods reveals why the UK has much to offer as a mountain biking destination and remains his favourite biking playground. The UK boasts a network of bridleways and historical rights o...

Last Updated: 26 November 2014

Dont be Afraid to Ask

We’ve been designing tailor made tours for years but a particular trip in 2014 made us re-think our approach regarding the number we usually cater for. Classic Road Cycling Product Manager David Hall...

Last Updated: 26 November 2014

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