Cycling holidays in The UK

There’s no better way to explore the UK than by bicycle. A cycling holiday offers the opportunity to discover the real, authentic Britain - whether it’s Kent’s historic coast, Oxford’s secret alleyways, the remote Scottish Hebrides, Dorset’s charming countryside or the royal heritage of the Thames.

Cycling holidays in the spirit of slow travel

Here at The Carter Company, we believe in ‘slow travel’ - which means mainly gentle (alongside a few not-so-gentle) routes that allow our customers the luxury of time to slow down and soak up the details. Our cycling holidays are all about rediscovering the fun of exploring. The majority of our trips are self-guided, which means you can travel at your own pace and stop off en route as you please - whether it’s for a spot of bird watching in The Chiltern Hills, a seaside dip in Cornwall or a pint of ale in a traditional Cotswold pub.

We believe the magic is in the detail

We are passionate about sharing authentic British culture through our thoughtfully designed, unusual routes. With over 25 years of experience in creating cycling holidays, what sets us apart from other tour operators is our local expertise and in-depth knowledge of the areas we cover. We carefully research and then cycle in person every single route we sell, because we know that the magic of holidays is in the detail. Our itineraries are put together to take in not just the headline attractions but also the hidden gems of the local area that most tourists never see. We visit and stay in every hotel we use, to ensure our customers enjoy the highest quality and best located accommodation for exploring the area. Alongside the route directions (or in addition to your guide if you prefer to have one), we give each customer a Carter Company Adventure Handbook, which is jam packed with interesting nuggets of information and our insider tips we have accumulated over the years on the best things to see and do in the area.

Fantastic tailor-made UK cycling holidays

With all our experience in designing routes, we also offer a bespoke service and create tailor-made cycling holidays for many of our customers. If you have something specific in mind, or would like some inspiration, please do get in touch and we’d be delighted to help.


Our UK Cycling holidays


  1. Steaming through Snowdonia

    Snowdonia National Park where this cycling tour takes place, boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales and the largest natural lake in…

    From £2,165

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Wales

  2. Electric end to end

    End to end is Britain's epic cycling tour, starting from Land's End in Cornwall and finishing at John O' Groats in Scotland, covering the 3 countries…

    From £4,350

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Devon & Cornwall

  3. Captivating Cornwall

    Lying on England’s rugged southwestern tip, Cornwall captivates with its dramatic cliffs and coves, its intriguing tales of smuggling and mining,…

    From £1,790

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Devon & Cornwall

  4. Electric Lakes

    Home to England's biggest lakes and tallest mountains, the Lake District is an area of electrifying natural beauty and as such, has recently…

    From £1,590

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Lake District

  5. Enid Blyton's Dorset

    Enid Blyton once said, “My imagination contains all the things I have ever seen or heard, things my conscious mind has long forgotten. I don’t…

    From £1,015

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  6. The Highlands coast to coast

    The Highlands of Scotland are known for their stunning scenery and sparse population and conjure a romantic image which doesn't disappoint on…

    From £1,880

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Scotland

  7. Lochs and glens to Edinburgh 6 nights

    This gorgeous cycling holiday travels from the shores of Loch Lomond through to the dramatic lochs and glens of the Trossachs National Park,…

    From £1,290

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Scotland

  8. Lochs and glens to Edinburgh

    From the shores of Loch Lomond through to the dramatic lochs and glens of the Trossachs National Park, to Pitlochry in the Highlands and onto…

    From £1,390

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Scotland

  9. Whistle-stop lochs and glens

    We are thrilled to offer this gentle bike holiday which presents a very unique opportunity to experience the dramatic and beautiful lochs and…

    From £820

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Scotland

  10. A Highland fling

    The awesome landscapes and fascinating history of the Highlands in Scotland are unique and unparalleled. On this gentle self-guided cycling tour,…

    From £1,695

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Scotland

  11. Scotland's grand tour

    This road cycling tour is grand in every way. With 3,000 feet of climbing on each of the four days, it’s certainly a big physical challenge.…

    From £2,785

    Not so gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Scotland

  12. Ramble and ride in the Cotswolds

    This tour combines walking and cycling and enables you to enjoy the full variety of the magical Cotswolds area with its beautiful hills and picture…

    From £1,270

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  13. Shakespeare's Way 7 nights

    William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. His 37 plays feature inspired plots, remarkable poetry, brilliant…

    From £1,880

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  14. A Chiltern challenge

    Following much of the 170 mile Chiltern Cycleway, this tour covers the entire Chiltern Hills area: from the Thames at Henley in the south west,…

    From £840

    Not so gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Chilterns

  15. Highlands and Hebrides

    The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their stunning scenery and the west coast where this tour begins includes peaceful and idyllic…

    From £2,530

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Scotland

  16. The complete New Forest experience

    This holiday includes all the cycling and experiences we provide in the New Forest. Put simply, it incorporates everything on offer there - forest…

    From £2,250

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  17. The New Forest and Stonehenge

    This is an inspiring holiday of contrasts offering some fabulous cycling in the New Forest National Park coupled with a visit to the World Heritage…

    From £1,070

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  18. Isles coast and the New Forest

    This holiday gives you a comprehensive look at the villages and estuaries of the New Forest National Park, the outstanding coast of Dorset and…

    From £1,480

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  19. Dorset beaches and the New Forest

    Starting in the New Forest, this tour combines forest life at its best with the stunning Dorset coast. With several days of optional cycling,…

    From £1,155

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  20. The New Forest to the Isle of Wight

    The New Forest National Park lies at the heart of this trip with its vast forests, heaths and pasture-land where deer, ponies, and pigs have…

    From £1,050

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  21. A jaunt around Dorset

    This is unspoilt Dorset at its most delightful: if you're looking for a tranquil trip, look no further. Discover expansive sandy beaches at Studland,…

    From £690

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Dorset & The New Forest

  22. Kent ~ the garden of England

    Known as The Garden of England, this corner of Kent is a pretty and rural area dotted with orchards and small farms. But on this tour you will…

    From £1,150

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Kent

  23. Kent coast to capital

    On this unique journey from the south coast at Dover to the very heart of London, the richness of England's history and the variety and charm…

    From £1,550

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Kent

  24. A Kent seaside jolly

    This leisurely tour is ideal for families or those wanting to enjoy the wonderful beaches and fascinating history of this unspoilt area. There…

    From £1,080

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Kent

  25. Kent for foodies

    This is something special for those of us who love our food combined with a gentle pedal, as it justifies the many gourmet opportunities en route.…

    From £440

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / Kent

  26. History and legend in Kent

    On this unique journey from the south coast of Kent at Dover to Canterbury, the rich history of England unravels before you. Maritime history…

    From £780

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Kent

  27. The really rather special tour

    For our Really Rather Special Tour, we have combined our most stunning and interesting cycling routes in the Cotswolds with what we think are…

    From £3,500

    Gentle / Many durations / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  28. Quintessential England

    This tour combines a three night stay in London with idyllic cycling in the Cotswolds - two contrasting pictures of quintessential England. London…

    From £1,195

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  29. Cotswold gardens

    As the Cotswolds are home to numerous stunning English gardens, we have created this tour to include many of the most renowned. To these we have…

    From £1,340

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  30. Thames source to sea

    Often described as 'liquid history', let the Thames lead you on a unique adventure through the heart and history of England. From its quiet source…

    From £2,140

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Thames

  31. Oxford and Thames royal palaces

    The River Thames threads its way serenely through sleepy rural villages, pretty landscapes and through the heart of bustling historic towns such…

    From £1,265

    Gentle / Many durations / Self-guided / The Thames

  32. The grand tour

    We created this grand tour of England taking in many of its historic sights, to celebrate the 2012 Olympics. Like the games, the trip has been…

    From £2,490

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  33. A Cotswold ride to Bath

    This romantic and relaxed journey between Oxford and Bath, two of England's finest cities, leads you through many of the Cotswolds' best loved…

    From £1,730

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  34. The Cotswolds and Stonehenge

    This iconic trip includes the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and Blenheim Palace and a stunning journey from Oxford to Stratford on…

    From £1,920

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  35. The Thames royal palaces

    Revel in the very heart of London and enjoy whatever takes your fancy for a day in the capital. Then step from your overnight accommodation onto…

    From £1,050

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  36. A riverside ride from Oxford

    Oxfordshire boasts an idyllic and peaceful rural landscape. Quaint and pretty villages, the unspoilt Chiltern Hills, the charming meadows of…

    From £780

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  37. Valleys of the Cotswolds

    Imagine Cotswold valleys at their most beautiful and chocolate box villages at their most glorious and you have this tour in a nutshell. Add…

    From £1,220

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  38. Coastal adventures in Devon and Cornwall

    This stunning ride takes you from the north coast of both Cornwall and Devon to their respective southern shores. Riding from Ilfracombe to Plymouth…

    From £1,240

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Devon & Cornwall

  39. Shakespeare country and the Cotswolds

    This holiday wanders through the classic hills and valleys of Cotswold country with its picturesque honey coloured villages and peaceful streams.…

    From £1,440

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  40. Cotswold villages and Oxford

    This tour wanders through the classic hills and valleys of Cotswold country with its picturesque honey coloured villages and peaceful streams.…

    From £990

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  41. Devon coast to coast

    This spectacular journey takes you from the beaches and estuaries in north Devon to the stunning south coast of Devon at Plymouth. Ride beside…

    From £1,155

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Devon & Cornwall

  42. Whistle-stop Cotswolds

    Enjoy a wonderful array of our favourite sights in the rolling Cotswolds with this whistle-stop tour. It may be short and it can be as laid back…

    From £450

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  43. Whistle-stop Thames and Chilterns

    This 2 night break embraces the best of the beautiful area where the river Thames and the rolling Chiltern Hills meet. There are two flat river…

    From £400

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / The Chilterns

  44. Whistle-stop Devon

    This tour has all the delights of Devon with idyllic flat, traffic free pedalling. Smell the sea air, taste the cream teas, see the green hills,…

    From £420

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / Devon & Cornwall

  45. A jaunt around Oxford

    On this tour you will explore the different landscapes surrounding Oxford - the river Thames, the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Oxford Canal.…

    From £490

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / Oxford


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