Explore the UK on Two Wheels


Lockdown has left people longing for different views and clean air, with many now looking to book a break away that will satisfy those desires within the bounds of ongoing travel restrictions. Active holidays from experienced cycling tour operator BSpoke Tours include newly-created trips in Sussex and the Cotswolds to do just that.

With domestic travel opening up soonest, BSpoke Tours show that stunning landscapes and eye-opening adventures can be had closer to home.

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Harvey Downard, Head of Cycling at BSpoke Tours, explains: “We’ve had brilliant feedback from customers who enjoy our cycling tours across Europe, so now seemed the perfect time to offer more choice around the British Isles. Whether it’s to maintain new-found fitness from increased exercise during lockdown, or to escape familiar surroundings and enjoy an immersive holiday somewhere new, these cycling tours provide an opportunity to discover some of the UK’s most beautiful regions on two wheels.”

And to make it more of a holiday from the outset, BSpoke’s carefully curated itineraries include quality accommodation, detailed routes and stops along the way for additional enjoyment, with a choice between guided and self-guided options.

Sparkling Sussex E-Bike Tour, England

Enjoy the best of Sussex and Sussex wine on this serene six-day self-guided E-Bike tour. Stop off at two vineyards for a delicious wine tasting experience, charming riverside and coastal paths and spectacular scenic routes taking in Arundel Castle, Bramber Castle and the South Downs. After an exciting day exploring, head back and relax at luxurious Ockenden Manor and Bailiffscourt, enjoying soothing complimentary spa treatments.

From £1,395 per person. Trip includes taxi collection from train station, four days E-bike hire, GPS routes and support from BSpoke’s local Destination Manager, four nights’ accommodation with full English breakfast and a delicious evening meal each night plus two spa treatments, afternoon tea, two vineyard tours and wine tastings at local Sussex vineyards, and luggage transfer between hotels.

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Casks and Castles Whisky Tour, Scotland

For those who enjoy the warming Scottish tipple, the Casks and Castles Whisky Tour offers the best of Scottish culture. Explore Scotland’s famous whisky region on a seven-day road cycling tour through the stunning Highland scenery led by an experienced local guide. With a flexible itinerary, the tour is suitable for novice and seasoned riders alike. Visit farmed distilleries, ancient castles, tread the historic Culloden battlefield and even search for Nessie along the banks of Loch Ness itself.

From £1,995 per person. Accommodation included on a bed and breakfast basis, with lunch also provided daily and dinner on the first and last evenings.

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Read Mark Bibby Jackson’s experience filling his boots on a Speyside Whisky Tour.

The Cotswolds in Comfort E-Bike Tour, England

Famed for its quaint villages, meandering rivers and rolling hills, enjoy The Cotswolds In Comfort with BSpoke’s leisurely self-guided E-Bike tour. The epitome of old English charm, visit picture-perfect villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and explore the captivating countryside at ease with assistance from a top of the range E-Bike, before relaxing in a hand-picked spa hotel with a massage and delicious meal.

From £1,245 per person. Trip includes four nights luxurious spa hotel accommodation on a half board basis, fully serviced E-Bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on the spot support and luggage transfers between hotels

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Road Cycling Coast to Coast, Scotland

Tackle 262 miles of the Scottish coast from Aberdeen in the east to Applecross in the west, soaking up the ever-changing scenery on a challenging road ride. The Coast to Coast tour covers a range of terrain including testing climbs and superb descents. Planned stops include an array of cultural experiences ranging from exploring castles, national parks, distilleries and even a boat trip along Loch Ness making this tour rewarding in many different ways.

From £1,795 per person. Trip includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis as well as lunch each day. Fully guided including pick up and collection from local railway stations.

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Donegal from Cliffs to Coast, Ireland

Heralded as ‘the coolest place on earth’ by National Geographic Traveller, discover the spectacular scenery of Donegal on the guided Cliffs to Coast Tour. With rugged mountains, towering cliffs, white sand beaches and quaint fishing villages, Donegal is a remote escape boasting the best of Irish culture and cuisine. The route stretches from the cliffs at Slieve League all the way through the lush Glenveagh National Park and to the shores of Lough Swilly, before continuing to Ireland’s northernmost point, Malin Head.

From £1,995 per person. Trip includes seven days with a lead guide and support driver, accommodation on a mixed board basis, vehicle and any required ferry transport and ride snacks.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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