Are you planning a short break cycling trip this summer? Read on to find out how to cycle AND holiday in style.
Go for a more glamorous getaway with these accommodation and kit recommendations from the team at Campsites.co.uk
Where To Stay
These glamping sites offer quirky accommodation and are within easy reach of some of the UK’s best bike trails.
Peak District, Tissington Trail
For a romantic short break close to the Peak District's famous Tissington Trail, choose one of the shepherd's huts on New Hanson sheep farm. With a double bed, wood burning stove and battery operated lanterns, these cosy rural hideaways are the ideal escape for couples who want to unwind. The huts overlook the River Dove and footpaths and trails lead off in all directions, with the Tissington Trail just a few minutes away.
Cycling: the Tissington Trail is an old railway line that runs for 13-miles through the Peak District and then joins the High Peak Trail.
Prices: from £50-£70 per night, with a two night minimum. Find out more
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Devon, Tarka Trail
Owl Valley is an off-the-grid eco glamping site close to the traffic-free Tarka Trail. You’ll stay in bell tents that have their own comfy beds, a fire bowl BBQ and solar-powered fairly lights. Off-grid means that the site has no electricity or wifi signal so this is a real retreat, but the camp is set in a former nature reserve with a wildlife pond and slate-bedded stream, and at night the stars are the main source of light.
Cycling: The Tarka Trail is a series of path and trails that stretch for 180 miles across North Devon.
Prices: from £80 per night. Find out more
Hampshire, South Downs Way
Stay in a safari tent at Brocklands Farm in Petersfield for easy access to the South Downs Way and the Meon Valley Trail. These safari tents are a good option for groups, sleeping up to six and featuring living areas with fully equipped kitchens and wood-burning ranges. There's a separate bathroom cabin with a wood burner to heat water for your showers.
Cycling: The South Downs Way runs for 100 miles through a National Park, and the Meon Valley Trail follow a former railway line for 10 miles through beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Prices: from £450 for a four-night midweek break. Find out more
To take on the challenge of the 7stanes mountain bike centres across the south of Scotland, check into a camping pod at Barnsoul Park. These wigwam-style wooden pods are a great base to crash, with foam mattresses, heating, a fridge and a fire pit campfire outside. There's also a bigger little-lodge version for families, with a separate bunk area for kids.
Cycling: three of the incredible 7stanes centres are close by, in the Forest of Ae, Mabie and Dalbeattie. Together they offer an incredible choice of routes for beginners and technical trails for advanced riders.
Prices: from £42 per night for a pod. Find out more
Lancashire, Forest of Bowland
Explore the many bike routes through the Forest of Bowland with a luxurious safari tent getaway on the stunning Bleasdale Estate. Lantern and Larks features five luxurious safari tents, each with three bedrooms sleeping up to six (including bunk beds for kids). There's a fully fitted kitchen, open plan lounge and dining area, with solid decked floors and a wood burning stove for a really comfortable feel. The location is a treat, and the outside terrace and fire pit provide the perfect setting for views across the valley.
Cycling: There are eleven superb routes through the Forest of Bowland, with the scenery including beautiful countryside, open moorland and pretty villages.
Prices: from £365 for a short break. Find out more
What To Wear
Who wants to spend their whole holiday dressing in lycra? Instead, why not pack clothes that have been created to deliver maximum performance and follow the very latest designer styles.
These stylish mid-rise skinny jeans are tailored for riders on and off the bike and use a specialist denim that is hardwearing, stain resistant and dries fast.
Cyclescheme Price: £71.25*
For men, these cotton trousers combine a 98% cotton twill with 2% lycra for comfort, fit and a superb range of movement when riding. The side pockets are zipped for the safe storage of valuables and there is hi-vis pink piping on the inside legs that can be hidden or revealed depending on the visibility you require.
Cyclescheme Price: £71.25*
Levis’ bring their typical simple styles to cycling with this women's shirt. Features include a dropped back hem for better coverage in the riding position and thermo-regulating fabric that pulls moisture from your body - keeping you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold.
RRP: £21 (saving 70%)
Cyclescheme Price: £15.75
This is a wardrobe staple for men that has added features for cyclists: the slim cut prevents billowing during rides, and the stretch cotton fabric allows freedom of movement while in the riding position.
Cyclescheme Price: £71.25*
This lightweight gilet is great when the UK’s weather isn’t. It’s insulated to keep you warm but still allows plenty of freedom to move. It’s reversible too, so you get two looks for the price of one.
Cyclescheme Price: £51.75*
What To Take
This retro-styled duffle backpack is an ideal size for weekend breaks and includes Herschel’s signature shoe compartment, to keep footwear separate from clothes and easily accessible.
RRP: £60 (save 20%)
Cyclescheme Price: £45*
Topeak Hexus II 16 Function Multi Tool
Be prepared to make running repairs with this award-winning multi-tool. There are 16 high-quality tools including wrenches, screwdrivers and tyre levers, that all fold away into a tool is low weight and compact.
RRP: £15.99 (save 27%)
Cyclescheme Price: £11.99*
Keeping hyrdrated during long rides on hot days is essential, and the Raptor hydration pack makes it easy. The reservoir shape keeps water pressure high for a smooth delivery of fluid, and the hose is kept in place by a magnet. You can carry up to 14 litres of water, and the ventilated back panel ensures you stay cool. There are also compartments for storing bike tools and more bulky items and reflective graphics and an LED light attachment to keep you visible.
RRP: from £89.99
Cyclescheme Price: £67.49*
*=based on minimum savings of 25% inc End of Hire