Ernest Hemingway wrote, ‘It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.’ Now there's a stress-free way of enjoying a holiday by bike - just let Bikecation do the work!
I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of cycling over the years. I reckon I’ve ridden a bicycle most days of my adult life. In my late twenties, I gave up a career as a solicitor in London and rode a bike around the world. It was a great adventure but weirdly, one of the most absorbing parts of the whole journey was arriving back in the UK. I rode from Dover home to the Isle of Man and felt like I was seeing the place for the first time. I recalled then the thrill of my earliest adventure as a kid on a bicycle – 12 miles with a mate to the local beach, to camp the night.
The UK is packed full of iconic landscapes and glorious countryside. The extensive network of quiet lanes, byways, disused railway lines, traffic-free cycle paths, old drovers roads and tracks is just perfect for a few days’ gentle cycling.
Keen for others to discover this, I’ve started a business called ‘Bikecation’ with an old friend, Jamie. We provide cycling holidays that take you to the parts of the UK you’ve always talked about visiting; holidays that revel in the rhythm of two spinning wheels; holidays that capture the fun and freedom of cycling as kids; holidays that celebrate the fellowship of pedalling with friends and family; holidays that give you a thirst for adventure and an appetite for great food; holidays that make time stand still. We provide holidays that move you.
We organise guided and self-guided trips for families, couples and groups of friends – the length of Cornwall, pootling round the Cotswolds, over the Highlands, across Wales, along Hadrian’s Wall, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea and beyond. Many of our trips are devised using the wonderful National Cycle Network, maintained by Sustrans. The routes are sign posted and safe.
How a Bikecation holiday works is pretty simple. You book a trip: we book the accommodation, provide mechanical assistance, supply route notes and maps, transfer luggage and impart local knowledge (the most welcoming pubs, the finest cake shops, wild flowers and birds to look out for, the best places to wild swim and the best spots to catch the sun set).
To get the gist, have a look at one of these short films:
Ernest Hemingway wrote, ‘It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.’ That’s how we feel. The bicycle is a transport of delight. There is no better way to see, and celebrate, our country. So, what are you waiting for?