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Cycle Asia: For the holiday of a lifetime

‘There is simply no better way to explore a country than to cycle, having the opportunity to visit such a culturally diverse destination asChina, on such a well-organised trip, is an experience of a l...

Last Updated: 27 July 2016

5 summer holidays to soak up the sun

Enjoy a Great British Summer… 6 weeks of freedom! The summer holiday’s means there’s all the time in the world for the little ones to get out and explore the UK on two wheels. Join us this summe...

Last Updated: 27 July 2016

Suzanne Discovers the Danube

Our most popular HFH Cycling tour, The Danube Cycle Path, continues to strike a chord with cyclists in 2016, as more of you than ever look to explore this historical European route. We caught up with...

Last Updated: 18 July 2016

Guide Profile: Tom Owen

New guide-on-the-block Tom Owen has been wowing us with his fantastic Instagram skills this summer with a travel list to rival the best. Having helped guide some of THE biggest journeys in our range,...

Last Updated: 18 July 2016

Biking inspiration to whet your wheels

Looking for a last-minute getaway? Whether you’re after the ultimate staycation tour, or want to escape from the UK to immerse yourself in an extraordinary new culture, we’ve got some great bike rides...

Last Updated: 18 July 2016

Design your dream cycling holiday

Looking for something a little bit different? Look no further than our Tailor Made tours! Designed with you specifically in mind, we’ll do our very best to help design the trip of your dreams. What we...

Last Updated: 18 July 2016

10 reasons to stay in the UK

Fighting the lure of the European sun can be hard to resist, but there’s a growing number of you bringing the staycation back to its glory days! Read on to discover how you can join in the movement… S...

Last Updated: 14 July 2016

The secret life of a guide

‘Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but pedalling like the Dickens underneath’ – Michael Caine Taking a leaf out of the great Michael Caine’s book, our Skedaddle guides are f...

Last Updated: 13 July 2016

Colombia: Frame-by-frame

Get an insiders perspective of our road cycling holiday  Colombia – Emerald Mountains with our latest holiday snaps… We’re strong believers that our guides are always one of the best...

Last Updated: 13 July 2016

Ventoux en velo

Standing at a staggering 1900 metres, Mont Ventoux is one of the Tour de France‘s most iconic climbing stages and its legendary route provides of the most impressive riding achievements known to...

Last Updated: 13 July 2016

Discover Chile: Epic landscapes on two wheels

It’s not everyday you ride alongside some of the world’s most impressive volcanoes, but our holiday in Chile and Argentina provides that on an almost daily basis! Combine these extraordinary sceneries...

Last Updated: 11 July 2016

5 trips to inspire a last minute cycling getaway

Summer is the best time to explore the globe on two wheels, and if you’ve not yet managed to escape for some quality time on the bikes, then we’re here to help! Here’s our team’s top cycling pic...

Last Updated: 11 July 2016

Bom Dia Portugal

With 12 holidays in Portugal we offer a fantastic range of cycling opportunities, from wine-inspired routes to the pick of this countries impressive coastline. Here’s our top 4 tours to help ins...

Last Updated: 11 July 2016

Best in cycling Telegraph top 50

We’re over the moon to have two HFH Cycling holidays featured in the Telegraph’s official top 50 cycling holidays. Read on to find out which of our cycling trips made the prestigious list&...

Last Updated: 07 July 2016

The peloton tour of Tuscany

Regular Skedaddler Russ Cummings has been taking to his road bike with Skedaddle and his mates in tow for several years now, so knows a thing or two about how we do things! Having conquered everything...

Last Updated: 06 July 2016

Telegraph Travel: Top 50

It’s not every day you get a mention in one of the UK’s best-loved newspapers and this weekend we were more than a little bit delirious (no, not too many Saturday beers…) to see not...

Last Updated: 05 July 2016

Summer is here Inspire a new generation

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...

Last Updated: 05 July 2016

3 ways to experience your own Tour de France

Immerse yourself in iconic landscapes… T-minus 1 day and counting! Tour fever has descended and we’re chomping at the bit to get out and conquer the extraordinary French landscapes for ourselves. Want...

Last Updated: 05 July 2016

Guide Profile: Lieven

For our latest guide insight we ask you to cast your minds to the warmer, sun-kissed shores of Sardinia in Italy, home to our younger brother company Skedaddle Italia as well as guide Lieven. A wizard...

Last Updated: 30 June 2016

Sardinia in Spring

HFH Cyclists Bob and Wendy Roberts headed off to Italy’s stunning island of Sardinia recently to discover the self-guided coastal treasures of our Cycle Sardinia tour. Here’s their write u...

Last Updated: 30 June 2016

Brexit: The travel truths

Whether you wanted in or out, the course of Britain’s future is changing! Whilst the Brexit backlash roars on, we wanted to look at a few more pressing matters such as, will we still get to speed thro...

Last Updated: 30 June 2016

Discover the UKs finest coastal retreat

Freshwater Bay: The perfect coastal adventure… Escape the hustle and bustle and join us on the beautiful Isle of Wight for a unique cycling break. Based at our newly refurbished HF Country House...

Last Updated: 29 June 2016

Cycle into summer: 4 travel picks

Summertime: The perfect pedalling season… Ice cream pit stops, riverside picnics, warm breezes and sand between your toes adventures! Can’t wait to hop on two wheels and head for the great outdo...

Last Updated: 28 June 2016

Travel the trend

The verdict is in. If, like us, you’re eager to escape the Brexit storm, why not check out our HQ team’s top travel trends of the year? The perfect chance to getaway from it all… 1. Team Road Cycling:...

Last Updated: 28 June 2016

Sound bites from the Azores

Europe’s most mysterious islands, The Azores, are proving more popular than ever, as more and more of you head off in search of the  ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic’. Rather than us singing the praises of thi...

Last Updated: 23 June 2016

Green Heart: Snapshots from Holland

Skedaddler Quentin Field Boden recently headed off to the flat lands of Holland for a cycling holiday in the idyllically named Green Heart. Here’s a few snaps from his cycling travels with us, w...

Last Updated: 22 June 2016

Guide Profile: Ernesto

We take a closer look at our team in Chile who look after some of our most popular tours in South America. Having won our March Guide Competition we wanted to take 5 minutes to catch up with our head...

Last Updated: 22 June 2016

Guide Profile: Nick

Our guides are total superhero’s, that much we know! So, we thought it was high time we shared a little bit more about some of our amazing team across the globe.. Each month we choose a Guide Wi...

Last Updated: 21 June 2016

3 Journeys to inspire a last minute MTB Holiday

Trail hunting this summer? It’s still not too late to sign up to one of our tours in the mountains over the coming months! Here are our top late availability tours with space still left: Something for...

Last Updated: 21 June 2016

Feast on our top 4 guaranteed departures

Guaranteed Departures: Late summer getaways with an all-important alfresco pit-stop … Did you know? All of our guides are trained in the art of picnic creation, which they put to good use during...

Last Updated: 21 June 2016

5 ways to take on 1,000 miles

Achieve iconic journey status this summer and cycle 1,000 miles! Our iconic journeys are as popular as ever and provide cyclists with a unique challenge. Here are our top 5 guaranteed iconic trips wit...

Last Updated: 16 June 2016

Cycle India: A Natural Paradise

Idyllic India comes to life in Kerala, where a lush, green paradise awaits your wheels. Alongside tranquil backwaters, cascading waterfalls and abundant tea plantations, here’s are our Top 4 Experienc...

Last Updated: 16 June 2016

5 remarkable reasons to cycle France

Taking the title of largest country in the EU, France has plenty of space to enjoy a two-wheeled adventure! Alongside getting your fill of all those croissants (we’ll take a pain au chocolat, s’il vou...

Last Updated: 16 June 2016

Strike the perfect pedalling pose

We’re excited to launch our new events photo booth which will be touring the UK this season, stay tuned to find out where you can snap the perfect pedalling pose… Ah, summer! It’s fi...

Last Updated: 16 June 2016

3 awesome journeys for budding historians

School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean the kids need to stop learning! Time then to combine a cycling holiday with the chance to discover more about your chosen destination’s local...

Last Updated: 06 June 2016

Take a closer look at Bike & Boat

Our Bike and Boat tours highlight some of the world’s most stunning waterways. With great accommodation, a new view from your cabin everyday and superb cycling routes, Bike and Boat holidays combine t...

Last Updated: 03 June 2016

Plan Ahead: New 2017 dates

New 2017 dates for our iconic journeys have just been launched, meaning you can already book on to one of our most impressive road cycling holidays next year… An Iconic Journey offers the opport...

Last Updated: 03 June 2016

Liguria: Bring on the whoops

Skedaddler Clive Davies headed to Italy to sample the trails of Liguria by bike. He sent us some cracking photos from his time away. Aside from coastal landscapes to rival the best, the Italian Rivier...

Last Updated: 03 June 2016

Chile Wine Tour: Behind-the-scenes

Fine wine is even better when accompanied with stunning accommodation, and our new Chile Wine Country tour certainly delivers these two luxury holiday ingredients in abundance. Journalist Graeme green...

Last Updated: 03 June 2016

GoPro like a Pro: The Basics

Got a GoPro and looking for some advice to get you started? Look no further! We caught up with our film editor Olly Townsend to get the best technical advice on your exciting GoPro toy. Here’s the sec...

Last Updated: 03 June 2016

Rapha Recommended

It’s not everyday you get the founder of Rapha featuring a tour from your range, so we were pretty psyched to see our Italian Dolomites and Alps tour make the head honchos list of ‘10 grea...

Last Updated: 02 June 2016

Expert Advice: Popular tours from the team

Summer is fast approaching and with it, the promise of plenty two wheeled adventures! Not sorted your holiday yet? Let our team inspire you with their top guaranteed trips, departing over the next few...

Last Updated: 01 June 2016

5 ways to turn your iPhone into a GoPro

Excited by the thought of videoing your two wheeled adventures but not got the funds to go wild and purchase a GoPro? Lucky for you, the technologically savvy age that we live in has the answer sat in...

Last Updated: 26 May 2016

GoPro like a Pro: Getting Started

Media maverick and part-time Skedaddle film editor Olly Townsend knows a thing or two about how to work a camera. With more and more of you looking to capture your two wheeled memories on video, we wa...

Last Updated: 25 May 2016

Burgundy Bonanza: Back for Seconds

Skedaddler Sheila McIntyre joined us in France last year and well and truly caught the cycling bug! Hoping to enjoy more awesome two-wheeled adventures she signed herself and hubby Samuel for another...

Last Updated: 24 May 2016

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 our am...

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

Capturing the Chinese Countryside on Camera

We love receiving your holiday photos and Skedaddler Innes Garden was no exception! His fantastic pictures taken when enjoying our Cycling Adventure in China give a great flavour of the landscape and...

Last Updated: 17 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

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