About Our Holidays

Byways Breaks UK walking and cycling holidays are chosen to explore the best scenery and nicest places. You go at your own pace, take detours and stop when and where you want. There are plenty of places for ‘refreshment’ and a comfortable place to stay each night. Detailed maps are provided with routes highlighting things to see and do along the way. We move your luggage each day so you travel light, and we are always just a phone call away if you need our help.

Our cycling and walking holidays start on any day. Routes are graded (gentle, moderate or strenuous) and flexible so there’s something to suit all ages and abilities. Choose from touring breaks where you stay somewhere different most nights, or one centre breaks, for those who may not want to cycle or walk every day.

UK Cycling Holidays – Cycling holidays are one centre or touring breaks with routes which we have carefully planned.

UK Walking Holidays – Our walking holidays are either one centre breaks or they follow a trail like Offa’s Dyke path, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Llangollen Canal, We offer these either as a full walking holiday package or a walkers accommodation booking and luggage service – where we help you plan your route, book accommodation and move your luggage.


At the end of the day welcoming accommodation, good food and a comfortable bed are essential. Over the years we have found many special places to stay. Whether you are looking for a quiet farmhouse, country pub or hotel with good food, or the luxury of a country house hotel we have found the best places to stay along our routes. We inspect all accommodation we use regularly, and insist on high standards. We also pay a great deal of attention to customer feedback which helps us ensure that accommodation standards continue to be high.

All holidays include bed and breakfast. Evening meals and packed lunches are not generally included as we find people prefer to make their own arrangements. Most accommodation is in towns or villages where there is a choice of places to eat in the evening and we provide advice and tips about the best options in the route notes. Some B & Bs, particularly on remote sections on some of the trail walking holidays can be a distance from somewhere to eat. In these places the B & BS will offer an evening meal.

Our accommodation options are flexible. If you would like to stay in a selection, sampling the best, (perhaps a night in a quiet, quality farmhouse, another in a country house hotel) give us a call and we can suggest the best options for you on your holiday.

About our routes

UK Cycling holidaysCycle routes follow quiet lanes, bridleways and towpaths. They are chosen for you to see the best scenery, take in the attractions and best teashops and pubs. Each group receives a holiday information pack with the cycle route marked on an Ordnance Survey Landranger map, written directions and plenty of background information about the area, places of interest, pubs, teashops and shops. If you don’t want to stick to our routes, you have enough information to discover your own detours!

Cycling routes cover different distances and terrain. They are flexible and there is something for everyone regardless of age and fitness. Generally routes cover 15-25 miles a day through gentle countryside and can be managed by most people, though we do have longer more demanding routes. We grade routes from gentle, moderate to strenuous. In gentle countryside, 20 miles will probably take someone who doesn’t cycle regularly 2 -3 hours, so there’s plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and exploration.

UK Walking holidaysWalking routes are either along well marked, signed trails like Offa’s Dyke and the Shropshire Way or follow towpaths, footpaths and bridleways. Each group receives a holiday information pack with the route marked on an Ordnance Survey Landranger or Explorer map, written directions and information about places of interest on the route and nearby pubs, teashops and shops. For people using the Walkers Accommodation Booking and Luggage Service directions are provided to each nights’ accommodation but, maps and guide books for the trail are not included. We do sell these separately – see Books and Maps.

Fitness – You do not need to be super-fit to enjoy one of our holidays, they are pleasurable, not an endurance test! You have all day, and if you do not regularly cycle or walk one of the gentle options is easily manageable for most people. Routes are graded (gentle, moderate or strenuous) and flexible so there’s something to suit all ages and abilities. If you do not cycle or walk regularly it is a good idea to do some preparation before you come on the holiday.

About bikes and equipment

Most people bring their own bikes as they tend to be more comfortable with them. We deduct £8 a day on a short break and £10 on a longer holiday. Please make sure it is roadworthy and don’t forget to bring spare inner tubes with you. Should you break down we will do all we can to help, but we cannot be called out to repair your bike or be held responsible for any breakdown. In some areas we may be able to arrange bike hire for you. Please contact us if you don’t want to bring your own bike.

Families and children

A cycling or walking holiday in the UK is an ideal family holiday provided the right distances are chosen for the younger ones in the party. Many routes are manageable by older children and gentle cycling distances of 10 – 15 miles are suitable for younger children. One centre breaks are good for families – they are flexible and you don’t have to cycle or walk every day.

We have reduced price for children on all breaks. Please ask us for advice on which cycling or walking holiday might suit your family best.

What about support

On cycling and walking holidays (except the walkers accommodation booking and luggage service) we will contact you by phone when you arrive, to answer any questions you may have about the routes and arrangements.

Each day your luggage is transferred to your next destination – you only take what you need for the day. If you buy anything, call and we’ll move it with your bags! If you break down or need help we’re only a phone call away. You will have a mobile number to contact us on throughout the day.  

Tailor made holidays and larger groups

While we offer a wide range of cycling and walking holidays many people do not find exactly what they are looking for. We arrange many individually tailored holidays and can cater for larger groups at several of the one centre bases where we can offer very competitive dinner, bed and breakfast breaks.

How to get to the area

Cheshire, Shropshire and the Welsh borders has good road and rail links. Most holidays are accessible easily by train and there are stations in Chester, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch as well as other local stations. London, Leeds and Sheffield are only 2 hours from Chester by train. If booking in advance there are many cheap ticket offers. See the Trainline for booking information.

Manchester airport is only 45 minutes from Chester and Liverpool is less than 40 minutes. Airport transfers can be arranged.

On UK walking and cycling holidays come by car and we will arrange parking for you; come by train and we will collect you from the nearest local station. Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday will be sent to you in your holiday information pack.

For walkers using the Accommodation Booking and Luggage service, there are easily accessible stations, on most of the trail walks. We can help with car parking arrangements and taxis to collect you from stations – please e mail or give us a call.

What is included in the price

Prices for holidays are based on 2 people sharing. Most hotels, farms etc charge extra for singles and in these cases we do have to charge a supplement. We try to keep this as low as possible.

  • Children sharing rooms with adults: Under 2s – free; under 4s- 80% reduction (no bikes included); under 12 – 50% reduction; 12 and over – 25 % reduction
  • Groups of 4 or more adults – 10% discount
  • Bring your own bike  –  reduction of £8 a day on short breaks and £10 on longer breaks.
The holiday price includes:
  • Overnight accommodation with full breakfast (except self-catering holidays)
  • Cycle hire where we arrange it
  • Detailed routes and Ordnance Survey maps
  • Transfer of your luggage each day
  • Emergency back-up service
  • Transfer to and from local station