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.