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Canals, Castles and Chester

Cycling Holiday in the UK


Price From: £240
Nights: 2 or 3
Difficulty: Easy or Moderate

Holiday Details

Highlights

  • Roman city of Chester
  • Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm - award winning ice cream
  • Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • Beeston Castle
  • Shire Horse Centre

Description

Enjoy a cycling holiday and visit the lovely Roman city of Chester, then meander through rolling farmland past pretty villages, canals, castles and Ice Cream Farm. The route in and out of Chester is along the canal, so no traffic to negotiate!

There are plenty of places to visit on this cycling holiday, including a Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm, Beeston Castle, a working Water Mill, Shire Horse centre, antique shops and pretty villages like Tarporley and Bunbury. There are plenty of good pubs and cafes for lunch stops, including one of our favorites The Dysart Arms at Bunbury, with a lovely garden overlooking the church. Adding a third night and fourth day takes you to Wrenbury on the Shropshire Union Canal and Cholmondeley Castle Gardens.

A relaxing short cycling break ideal for a long weekend. The gentle option is good those wanting easy cycling with plenty of time to explore. The moderate holiday offers slightly longer distances exploring Delamere Forest and this interesting part of Cheshire.

Cycling distances - Gentle 10-15 miles a day. Moderate around 20 - 25 miles a day.

Itinerary for Canals, Castles and Chester

This holiday is flexible and itineraries will vary slightly depending on accommodation choices.

2 nights - 3 days. Gentle route, Farmhouse B & Bs

Day 1 - Arrive at accommodation from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular cycle ride around countryside on the outskirts of Chester (about 10 - 13 miles) or a ride into Chester along the canal (no traffic!) (about 10 - 11 miles). Opportunity to look around the Roman City of Chester.

Day 2 - Cycle through Hockenhull Platts nature reserve to Tarvin. From here pass close to the Boot Inn at Willington (good lunch stop) and on to the Georgian village of Tarporley for tea and cake, and the on to the comfortable, quiet farmhouse B & B near Rushton, optional detours to the Shire Horse Centre and through Little Budworth Country Park. About 13 - 20 miles

Day 3 - Cycle to Beeston Castle, worth a visit, with views across 8 counties on a clear day. Then back to Chester through Burwardsley to visit Candle Workshops or have coffee at Pheasant Inn. From here its downhill all the way to Tattenhall, past the Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm and on to Chester. We meet you back in Chester with you luggage and to collect the bikes. About 16 - 17 miles.

2 nights - 3 days. Moderate route, Hotels 

Day 1 - Arrive at hotel from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular cycle ride around countryside on the outskirts of Chester (about 10 - 13 miles) or if you are staying on outskirts of Chester a ride into the city along the canal (no traffic!) (about 10 - 11 miles). Opportunity to look around the Roman City of Chester.

Day 2 - Cycle through Hockenhull Platts nature reserve to Tarvin. From here pass Boot Inn at Willington, Mount Pleasant Garden (not open every day) and continue on to explore Delamere Forest along gentle, traffic free cycle trails. From here route heads to Kelsall and on to stay at Willington Hall Hotel, a lovely country house hotel. 21 miles

Day 3 - Through to Tarporley, then through Bunbury village (small detour to working water mill and staircase locks on the canal, also the excellent Dysart Arms!). From here to Beeston Castle, worth a visit, with views across 8 counties on a clear day. Then back to Chester past the Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm. We meet you in Chester with your luggage and to collect the bikes. 23 or 25miles.

3 nights, 4 days. Gentle route

Day 1 - Arrive at accommodation from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular cycle ride around countryside on the outskirts of Chester (about 10 - 13 miles) or a ride into Chester along the canal (no traffic!) (about 10 - 11 miles). Opportunity to look around the Roman City of Chester.

Day 2 - Cycle through Hockenhull Platts nature reserve to Tarvin. From here pass close to the Boot Inn at Willington (good lunch stop) and on to the Georgian village of Tarporley for tea and cake, and the on to the comfortable, quiet farmhouse B & B near Rushton, optional detours to the Shire Horse Centre and through Little Budworth Country Park. About 13 - 20 miles

Day 3 - Cycle back into Tarporley and then on to Beeston Castle, well worth a visit, with views across 8 counties on a clear day. Go through Bunbury village (small detour here takes you to working water mill and staircase locks on the canal. There is also the excellent Dysart Arms!. From here on to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (only open Wed, Thurs, Sun and bank holidays). Stay at the Cholmondeley Arms. About 16 miles.

Day 4 - Cycle back to Chester through Burwardsley with option to detour to visit Candle Workshops or have coffee at Pheasant Inn. From here its downhill all the way to Tattenhall, past the Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm and on to Chester. The last part of the route follows the canal. We meet you back in Chester with you luggage and to collect the bikes. 16 - 17 miles.

3 nights - 4 days. Moderate route

Day 1 - Arrive at hotel from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular cycle ride around countryside on the outskirts of Chester (about 10 - 13 miles) or if you are staying on outskirts of Chester a ride into the city along the canal (no traffic!) (about 10 - 11 miles). Opportunity to look around the Roman City of Chester.

Day 2 - Cycle through Hockenhull Platts nature reserve to Tarvin. From here pass Boot Inn at Willington, Mount Pleasant Garden (not open every day) and continue on to explore Delamere Forest along gentle, traffic free cycle trails. From here route heads to Kelsall and on to stay at Willington Hall Hotel - a lovely country house hotel. 21 miles

Day 3 - Cycle into Tarporley and then on to Beeston Castle, well worth a visit, with views across 8 counties on a clear day. Go through Bunbury village (small detour here takes you to working water mill and staircase locks on the canal. There is also the excellent Dysart Arms !. From here route goes through canal village of Wrenbury and on to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (only open Wed, Thurs, Sun and bank holidays). 23 - 25 miles. 

Day 4 - Cycle back to Chester through Burwardsley with option to detour to visit Candle Workshops or have coffee at Pheasant Inn. From here its downhill all the way to Tattenhall, past the Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm and on to Chester. The last part of the route follows the canal. We meet you back in Chester with you luggage and to collect the bikes. 19 miles

Accommodation

Farmhouse B & B, or country inns/hotels. We can offer a mix of accommodation on this cycling holiday so you can sample a variety of accommodation. There is also option to upgrade to Country House Hotels on 1st and 2nd nights.

Parking at farmhouse or countryhouse hotel near Chester. Hotel parking in Chester is limited. Alternatively can start in Tarporley, cycle to Cholmondeley, then Chester to accommodate parking.

Pricing

Prices shown are per person

Number of Nights B &B and Inns/Hotels Country House Hotel
2 £240 - £250 £300
3 £335 - £345 £400 (1 night country inn)
Single supp/night £15 - 30 £30 - 40

Discounts & Offers

Child Discounts - (Children sharing with 2 adults)

Under 2 - free
Under 4 - 80%
Under 12 - 50%
12 to 16 - 25%

Group Discounts - 10% for groups of 4 or more adults

Discount for using own bikes - Short breaks up to 3 nights £8 per day. Longer Breaks 4 nights and over £10 per day

What's included?

This cycling holiday includes -

  • Overnight B & B accommodation
  • Detailed routes, maps, background information
  • Quality bikes (discount available if you prefer to bring your own)
  • Helmets and tool kit, puncture resistant tyres
  • Luggage transfer & full support and back-up should you need help
  • Car parking or transfer to and from nearest station

Nearest station - Chester

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