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Spotlight on the Douro Valley

We take a closer look at the much-celebrated port producing region of Portugal, where our exciting new holidays Port and Wine and Mountains and Vineyards of the Douro are proudly positioned… Win...

Last Updated: 24 May 2016

Buen Camino

Each year, I do a ‘work tour’, which is basically me heading off on a Skedaddle trip so that I keep right up to speed with what goes on outside these four walls. Well I can’t tell you all about &helli...

Last Updated: 23 May 2016

Words of wisdom: Our top singletrack advice

Tricky root sections, steeper descents and complex corners all provide singletrack challenges that make for a rewarding day on the bike. We caught up with our mountain bike specialist Matt Cain, to fi...

Last Updated: 23 May 2016

Ask the Expert: 5 Minutes with Dan Hirst

We’re saying HOLA to our Spanish head honcho Dan Hirst, who oversees our 33 cycling holidays in Spain. In-between guiding, planning your next adventure and soaking up the sun, Dan found time to give u...

Last Updated: 23 May 2016

Travel Alert: Chile Flights

Calling all adventure enthusiasts! The South American country of Chile has always been a firm favourite long-haul destination for Skedaddler’s, as well as the birthplace of our company too, so n...

Last Updated: 19 May 2016

Tulip heaven in Holland

The classic idiom, ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ could certainly be the catchphrase for the fleeting brilliance of Holland’s tulips, which only bloom for a few short weeks each ye...

Last Updated: 18 May 2016

Classic Passes: A personal Epic

Who says you have to hit the continent to test your legs on some teeth-clenching climbs? For those hoping to stay a little closer to home this year, our Classic Passes tour has some of the finest road...

Last Updated: 18 May 2016

Sardinia Biking: Sneak Peek

Biking trails galore await in sunny Sardinia, whose beautiful exterior hides a secret stash of sweet trails! But don’t take our word for it. Keen mountain biker Simon Inkpen recently headed to t...

Last Updated: 18 May 2016

5 UNESCO inspired trips for culture vultures

Pedal for an even greater cause this summer with these top five UNESCO-inspired holidays, where the culture is as enthralling as the cycling… Croatia – Southern Dalmatia: Discover medieval delights al...

Last Updated: 16 May 2016

UK: Our Top 10 Facts

For those after a healthier, happier and simpler holiday this year we can’t rate the UK highly enough. Not quite convinced? Check out our 10 UK facts to help twist your arm… 1. The largest number of h...

Last Updated: 16 May 2016

3 ways to explore Italys most impressive riding routes

Cycling’s most exciting season is finally here for 2016 and all eyes are turned towards Italy for the first Grand Tour of the season. Here are 3 ways you can take on your very own Giro d’Italia…...

Last Updated: 09 May 2016

Trending Destination: Costa Rica

PURA VIDA! We’re celebrating the launch of new direct flights from London to the tropical wonderland of Costa Rica this month. Thanks to BA it’s now easier than ever to discover this destination for y...

Last Updated: 09 May 2016

Picture-postcard Portugal

Whilst we could wax lyrical for hours about the beauty of Portugal, we thought on this occasion we’d share with you our latest Skedaddler snaps, taken by Alison Brotherson, who recently headed h...

Last Updated: 04 May 2016

Skedaddle HQ pick their top GUARANTEED tours

Summer is fast approaching and so are many of the most popular tours in our range! For those of you who are in need of some travel inspiration, here’s our team’s top 5 guaranteed tours thi...

Last Updated: 03 May 2016

Costa Rica: A Photo Diary

New direct BA flights to Costa Rica have us jumping for joy in the office this week, helping make this tropical wonderland that little bit more accessible! For those who have had their interest twigge...

Last Updated: 29 April 2016

Rioja: Grape Expectations

Rioja is the new tipple of the moment and everyone who’s anyone seems to be enjoying the delicious tones of this yummy Spanish wine! From those after the perfect tapas accompaniment to drinkers in sea...

Last Updated: 26 April 2016

Set your sights on: the worlds longest climb

Boasting the impressive 52-mile Alto de Letras, Colombia is the perfect destination for experienced riders who are looking for a challenge with a twist. Read on to find out more about this South Ameri...

Last Updated: 26 April 2016

Take on the worlds most exciting downhill trails

Get the heart racing this summer with our exotic holidays featuring daring downhill experiences! Epic descents to suit a range of riders… Brace yourself for North Africa’s most impressive mounta...

Last Updated: 26 April 2016

Pack to perfection

Wanting to avoid the sense of unease as you creep further towards the check-in counter at the airport? We’ve all been there, that unpleasant thought where you foresee your luggage weighing in over you...

Last Updated: 12 April 2016

Europes 3 most scenic Lakes

Nature’s beauty is perfectly captured during one of our gentle HFH cycling holidays, exploring Europe’s finest watery wonders! So, for those after enchanting mirror-like reflections and the perfect pe...

Last Updated: 11 April 2016

Explore the Best of Britain

Whether ticking off our epic C2C challenge in Scotland or winding your way though England’s least populated county (Northumberland), our UK mountain biking tours have lots to keep you grinning from ea...

Last Updated: 11 April 2016

Sandstone Way: Trip Highlight

A remote and scenic route through the wilds of England’s least populated county is probably the best way to describe the Sandstone Way. The riding is diverse, the scenery breath-taking and the sense o...

Last Updated: 08 April 2016

Tailor Made: Customise & Exercise

At Saddle Skedaddle we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of high quality cycling holidays to meet the requirements of every kind of rider. Anything from a weekend in Northumberland to a high al...

Last Updated: 07 April 2016

Roadie heaven in Corsica

Those wise ancient Greeks were definitely on to something when they first encountered the Mediterranean island of Corsica and named it ‘kalliste’, known as ‘the most beautiful of them all’. Today Cors...

Last Updated: 04 April 2016

Chile: Travel Pick

They say good things come in small packages and the 100-mile wide country of Chile certainly does this phrase justice! Sandwiched between the dramatic Andes and the expansive Pacific Ocean, this narro...

Last Updated: 04 April 2016

Tuscan Tastes: Buon appetito

dire pane al pane e vino al vine Translation: Call bread bread and wine wine… This classic Italian phrase means you should simply ‘tell it how it is’, an important philosophy which soaks into the coun...

Last Updated: 01 April 2016

Colombia: The Last Day

Taking on the world’s largest mountains by bike is easy, said no one ever! Combine this with tropical Caribbean heat and you’ve got yourself a road cycling challenge with an interesting twist. Having...

Last Updated: 31 March 2016

Aint no mountain high enough

Warmer weather is back on the cards and with it, the return of fast, furious and adrenaline-fuelled fun in the mountains. So, with high-altitude biking firmly in mind, we thought we’d take a closer lo...

Last Updated: 29 March 2016

Sustrans: Join the movement

The clocks have sprung forward, which means the nights are getting lighter and warmer weather is on its way!  With spring in the air, we’re feeling all sentimental about our beautiful backyard and wan...

Last Updated: 29 March 2016

Support the Lakes this Summer

Two devastating storms, 16,000 flooded homes and a landscape submerged in water…4 months on from the great Lake District flooding, we take a closer look at this rural destination, to find out ho...

Last Updated: 24 March 2016

Country House Highlight: Derwentwater

If you catch Derwent Water on a good day and are up with the lark in time to see the sunrise over the lake and it’s serene islands, we guarantee there’s no place you’d rather be. Having recently heade...

Last Updated: 23 March 2016

A minute with Alastair

Many of you may have had had the pleasure of Alastair Clark as your guide in 2015 and we were pretty excited to award our HFH leader ‘Guide of the Year’ at our annual company gathering in February. Wi...

Last Updated: 23 March 2016

Dreaming of an island adventure

For those looking to really escape from it all, exploring a spectacular island on two wheels offers one of the best opportunities to switch off from the modern world and tune in to your incredible sur...

Last Updated: 21 March 2016

5 reasons to experience a Great British summer in 2016

Treating the kids to a summer holiday extravaganza is now easier than ever! If you’re keen to experience a fun cycling holiday this summer, but can’t face the thought of heading too far away, we’ve go...

Last Updated: 21 March 2016

The climbs are calling

Grand Tour season is fast approaching and the pro peloton pack is busily preparing for another sensational season in the saddle. Time then to set your sights high and check out our super-slick mountai...

Last Updated: 21 March 2016

For the love of Chocolate

Chocolate lovers rejoice! With Easter just a stone’s throw away and only a few more days left to abstain from your favourite indulgent snack, the end is in sight. With the spring holiday fast approach...

Last Updated: 18 March 2016

Holland: A fairytale journey

With pretty canal ways and lovely leisurely cycling routes, it’s not hard to see why Holland is a destination that continues to captivate the minds of those who travel here, and cyclist Janet Yo...

Last Updated: 15 March 2016

Travel Trends from Team Leisure

Experiential travel > sightseeing: Never mind selfies in front of famous landmarks, the new way to experience a destination is the authentic approach. Lucky for you, all of our holidays offer the o...

Last Updated: 15 March 2016

Hidden treasures for your mountain bike

Love biking but want an extra kick to your journey? We’ve searched high and low to find some of the world’s greatest adventures, where fun trails allow you to discover secret mysteries, far-removed fr...

Last Updated: 14 March 2016

Go guided in 2016

Looking for a holiday with a sense of camaraderie and plenty of support? Our guided holidays are perfect for solo travellers, or those looking for a bit of encouragement along the way. Here are a sele...

Last Updated: 14 March 2016

Top tips from the guides

We’re pretty proud of our guides at Skedaddle and we know that they’re a big part of making so many of your cycling holidays that extra bit special! Having recently caught up with this charismatic bun...

Last Updated: 14 March 2016

Guidesweek: Behind-the-scenes

It’s a bright and beautiful day (if not a little chilly) at Derwentbank country house, the fantastic location of our annual company gathering (well we don’t do things by halves), and acros...

Last Updated: 09 March 2016

Guide Competition: Winner Revealed

Stop the clocks! Our annual guide’s competition has come to a close and the votes have been counted, re-counted and verified. With 5 of our guiding team shortlisted and a giant bike worth up to...

Last Updated: 07 March 2016

The Longest Climb in the World

Ahhh Colombia! Famous for its delicious coffee and more recently the hit TV series Narcos, which wowed us with its stunning landscapes and extraordinary historic re-telling of this country’s col...

Last Updated: 07 March 2016

3 of the most scenic road cycling routes in Europe

Cycling alongside some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders is always a bonus during your getaway! With stunning sights from your saddle firmly in mind, we set out to find the finest landscap...

Last Updated: 07 March 2016

5 sights to experience from your saddle in Vietnam

Prepare for Vietnam to immerse you in the unexpected! This is a country thriving with life, where new sights, sounds and experiences lie around every corner. Here are our top Vietnamese wonders for yo...

Last Updated: 07 March 2016

France: 6 reasons why you should travel here in 2016

Want to discover France from two wheels but not so keen on the pro peloton pace and steep iconic climbs? Leisure cyclists needn’t be afraid! With several gentle-paced tours dotted around this country,...

Last Updated: 01 March 2016

Holiday Countdown

If Kevin Mccallister’s Home Alone trauma still haunts you to this day, you best brew yourself a cuppa and check out our super-handy holiday countdown. The best way to keep cool, calm and smiling...

Last Updated: 26 February 2016

Guide Competition: The Final

We’re extremely proud of our tour guides and the amazing work they do to make each holiday extra special. It seems their talents know no bounds and includes leading daily riding, preparing lavish lunc...

Last Updated: 24 February 2016

3 epic journeys to take in 2016

Time to swap your daily commute for an adventurous journey on the wild side! With a diverse mix of scenery, trails and experiences awaiting your tyres, here are our top 3 mountain biking journeys: Sar...

Last Updated: 22 February 2016

The best beaches to build your sandcastle

Time to pack your swimming cozzie, bucket and spade! With our sights set longingly on the sandy shores of the world’s finest coastal regions, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the am...

Last Updated: 22 February 2016

All we need is you

Keen to join us for some guided fun across the globe? Our guaranteed departures are a great way to see which holidays are proving popular in 2016. With 74 group holidays and counting, it’s time to fin...

Last Updated: 22 February 2016

A Cyclone of cycling, right in our back yard

Saddle Skedaddle travels to some of the best riding destinations in the world, but the riding at home in Newcastle and Northumberland really is world class. And we love playing our part in the local c...

Last Updated: 19 February 2016

Coast and Castles: Winner of Customer Competition

The votes are in and we’re excited to reveal our 2015 Customer Competition winner goes to Skedaddler David Bentley and his magical snaps from our popular Coast and Castles holiday in the UK. Hav...

Last Updated: 17 February 2016

Take on the journey of a lifetime

Journey (n): An act of travelling from one place to another. A process of personal change and development. Journeys take place in everyday life and help us get from A to B. From your daily commute to...

Last Updated: 16 February 2016

All roads lead to Lake Garda

With consistently cracking feedback our Via Claudia holiday is one of the most popular leisure cycling options in our range and a cycling journey that will certainly leave its mark… Featuring tw...

Last Updated: 15 February 2016

3 Island escapes to discover in 2016

Our top island escapes in 2016 all provide wonderful experiences, including coastal riding beside sparkling seas, relaxing on a yacht watching the sun set from your deckchair and the opportunity to di...

Last Updated: 15 February 2016

For the love of cycling

Valentines day has come and gone once again and along with it obscene amounts of PDA (get a room, please!) and lavish declarations of love. Whilst most have been treating their significant other halve...

Last Updated: 12 February 2016

Customer Competition: The Fantastic 5

The glitz and glamour of awards season is in full swing once again, with plenty of razzle, dazzle and scandal to keep you on the edge of your seats. From that hilarious awards win all-nighter (thanks...

Last Updated: 09 February 2016

Take on your very own Tour de France in 2016

It’s no secret that France is the spiritual home of cycling, with the world’s largest road race snaking its way through iconic landscapes each year. We thought we’d take a closer look at some of our t...

Last Updated: 08 February 2016

The Lofoten Islands: A Photo Diary

The dramatic landscapes of Norway have had us ‘oo-ing’ and ‘aa-ing’ in the office for years and with some of the worlds most striking scenery, it’s not hard to see why. This is a destination where the...

Last Updated: 05 February 2016

China: 5 Fast Facts

Chopsticks at the ready! With Chinese New Year celebrations about to kick off for another year, we thought we’d take a closer look at this enthralling country and its fascinating customs. Most of you...

Last Updated: 04 February 2016

Mind over matter

With New Year fast becoming a distant memory of blurry celebrations and broken resolutions, we thought we’d take a fresh look at February to find out how you can grab the bike by the handlebars (quite...

Last Updated: 03 February 2016

Discover our guaranteed departures in 2016

Hip hip hooray! We’re jumping for joy and celebrating lots of guaranteed departures in 2016. With over 53 tours having already been confirmed across our range, it’s time to find out how you can join i...

Last Updated: 01 February 2016

Introducing our exciting new holiday in sunny Sardinia

As the 2nd largest island in the Mediterranean, the stunning island of Sardinia is blessed with a sensational coastline, making up a quarter of the total length of Italy’s coastal treasures. With natu...

Last Updated: 01 February 2016

Discover our early season discounts in 2016

Picturesque lakes & crisp apple strudels Breathtaking castles & schnitzel with noodles Cycling downhill & the pleasure that brings… These are a few of our favourite things! Our early season discounts...

Last Updated: 01 February 2016

Trip the lake fantastic

Fancy a holiday far from the hustle and bustle of the hoarding masses, but don’t want to compromise the picture-postcard views? With snow-capped mountains, fresh air you can taste, and lush, unspoilt...

Last Updated: 29 January 2016

Cycle beautiful Botswana in 2016 for the holiday of a lifetime

‘One of the most beautiful Skedaddle holidays we have been on. The wildlife along our cycle rides was amazing.’ John & Ruth Hill, Newcastle Upon Tyne Our South Africa & Botswana tour has the opportuni...

Last Updated: 25 January 2016

3 ways to bag yourself a grand tour climb in 2016

Grand Tour season will soon be upon us and along with it, the sight of the pro riders battling their way up some of the world’s most iconic climbs. Always looking to stay ahead of the pack, we’v...

Last Updated: 25 January 2016

Summer Holiday Skedaddlin in 2016

With six glorious weeks to keep the kids entertained, it’s time to think about planning a holiday the little ones will never forget. Never fear, our summer cycling holidays have got your family...

Last Updated: 20 January 2016

New year, new adventure

Our festive departures offer a great opportunity for cyclists to get out on their bikes and celebrate this special holiday season in style! One such Skedaddler, Mike Heath, decided our Costa Rican adv...

Last Updated: 19 January 2016

Treat the kids to the Tyrolean

Plenty of space for you and the family to roam! The Tyrolean Valley in Austria houses a secret which promises to transform your family summer holiday. Long after the snow has melted this un-spoilt reg...

Last Updated: 19 January 2016

Danube diary

HFH Cyclist Walter Muir and his wife Liz decided that 2015 was the year they take to two wheels! Having chosen the popular Danube Cycle Path, Wal sent us his daily cycling diary so we could find out a...

Last Updated: 18 January 2016

Top spending tips

With 2016 now in full swing many of you may be beginning to think about your next travel adventure! For those in need of a little emotional support to help you along the way, we caught up with the fri...

Last Updated: 18 January 2016

4 of the best ways to explore Chile in 2016

It’s hard to believe it was 20 years since we first envisioned Saddle Skedaddle, on that fateful night in Chile. What better way to celebrate our big birthday than taking you back to where it all bega...

Last Updated: 18 January 2016

Adventures Abound in 2016

Out of this world explorations seemed to dominate the media in 2015. From British astronaut Tim Peak’s highly publicised expedition into space, to serene shots of the moon projected into our homes ove...

Last Updated: 12 January 2016

Join the movement

Fancy taking on 1,000 miles in 2016? Read these top tips from our Skedaddle experts and find out how you can go the distance this year taking on one of our inspiring iconic journeys… Our 3 week...

Last Updated: 11 January 2016

Take on the C2C Challenge

The ‘must do’ cycling holiday with its quiet country lanes, cycleways and paths is a wonderful way to see the varied and beautiful landscapes of northern England. If you’ve not taken up this cla...

Last Updated: 07 January 2016

Moped Top Trumps

Vietnam – Mountains and Coast from Saddle Skedaddle on Vimeo. Vibrant Vietnam offers a real feast for the cycling soul and our media maverick Olly Townsend couldn’t resist the lure of this...

Last Updated: 07 January 2016

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

Hell’s teeth…time certainly flies when you are having fun! it’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that we started Saddle Skedaddle. Lots was happening back then…Kevin Spacey...

Last Updated: 31 December 2015

Tis the season to be merry

A festive feast wouldn’t be complete without a tasty tipple or two. We thought we’d take you on a tour of some of our favourite European wines to help you pick the perfect bottle this Christmas…...

Last Updated: 21 December 2015

Discover Peru in 2016 book before permits sell out

Once the largest empire the Americas had ever seen, the former Ancient Incan inhabitants have certainly left a powerful mark on Peru’s dramatic landscapes. Join us for a cycling journey here and you’l...

Last Updated: 21 December 2015

Best of 2015

“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein Wise words, Mr Einstein. We have always believed our pedalling prowess had some greater meaning! O...

Last Updated: 21 December 2015

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’...

Last Updated: 17 December 2015

Time for a pint?

That first cold beer after a long ride is always the best, but is it helping or hindering your recovery? We caught up with experienced cyclist and fitness writer, Hannah Reynolds (also guide to many o...

Last Updated: 15 December 2015

Movers and shakers

Thinking ahead to the New Year and in need of a little inspiration for your next cycling holiday? We’re taking a look at some of our most popular destinations, which are already proving a hit in 2016…...

Last Updated: 15 December 2015

Ride Scotlands most impressive singletrack

With remote, rip-roaring trails and bold, brazen beauty, Scotland is a dream mountain biking destination. Never mind the prestigious peaks of Europe, bags of biking character and challenging riding ro...

Last Updated: 15 December 2015

Warm breeze, yes please

Characterised by generous doses of sunshine, it’s little wonder the Mediterranean was the highway and heart of so many impressive ancient civilisations. Now a new generation of sunshine-worshipping pi...

Last Updated: 15 December 2015

St Malo to Nice in Cycling Active Magazine

Our St Malo to Nice road cycling holiday has featured in December’s edition of Cycling Active magazine. We would like to say a big thank you to them for choosing us to feature in their magazine,...

Last Updated: 14 December 2015

Cycling gift guide

Love it or loathe it, the Christmas season is most certainly upon us. Having dusted off the decorations and painstakingly purchased a suitably festive fir tree (can you tell we’re in the ‘...

Last Updated: 09 December 2015

Escape to the Caribbean

All we seem to hear these days is ‘see it before it goes.’ Without a doubt everyone is talking about Cuba! Here at Skedaddle we have two unique tours which promise plenty of heavenly pedalling,...

Last Updated: 08 December 2015

Meet the team

It’s often claimed that Newcastle is the friendliest city in the UK, and our lovely team based at our Newcastle HQ, certainly do this phrase justice! We may be small, but we’d like to say...

Last Updated: 03 December 2015

Discover watery wonders in 2016

Life really is but a dream when you combine cycling with a journey on the water! Our Bike and Boat holidaysprovide all the usual cycling highlights, alongside a delightful floating home to relax on at...

Last Updated: 01 December 2015

Say hello to Spanish sunshine in Spring

It’s no secret that Mallorca’s intoxicating mix of blue seas and sun-kissed beaches has been attracting visitors for years, but our Guided and Self-Guided cycling holidays aim to spin a new ligh...

Last Updated: 01 December 2015

3 ways to reach new heights in 2016

Riding the lofty peaks of some of the world’s most impressive mountains may seem like the unattainable golden chalice of road cycling. But we’re here to help make your dream riding a reali...

Last Updated: 01 December 2015

Make your own energy bars

Energy bars are a tasty and convenient way to eat on your bike but you don’t have to buy expensive sports nutrition products, its easy to make your own. If you are riding for more than an hour your bo...

Last Updated: 27 November 2015

Raid Dolomiti, dare you?

Our HC Category offers the closest thing to riding like a pro you can get! With opportunities to access some of the most impressive mountain ranges, with the riding at the forefront of your journey, t...

Last Updated: 26 November 2015

Top Adventures in 2016

A wise chap once declared, ‘travelling – leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller’. For plenty of spine-tingling, spellbinding moments, check out our adventure picks for 2016… In China...

Last Updated: 23 November 2015

Cycle and Sail with the kids

Check out our brand new family cycling holiday in sunny Croatia! A Southern Dalmatian Adventure is an exciting addition to our range and promises a fun-filled adventure, guaranteed to delight both par...

Last Updated: 23 November 2015

Cycle Lake Bled to the Dalmatian Coast

Our brand new road cycling holiday, Slovenian Alps to Dalmatian Coast, has been exclusively created by our guides, John Walsh and Hannah Reynolds, and offers a unique insight into some of Europe’s mos...

Last Updated: 23 November 2015

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