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Black and White Villages

Cycling Holiday in the UK


Price From: £445
Nights: 4
Difficulty: Easy or Moderate

Holiday Details

Highlights

  • Chester - Roman ruins, cathedral, museum
  • Nantwich, market, museum, independent shops
  • Delamere Forest
  • Black and White villages like Tattenhall

Description

A leisurely tour of some of Cheshire's finest black and white villages and the lovely Tudor market town of Nantwich. Starting near Chester, explore Delamere Forest or Little Budworth Common, then to Tarporley with its Georgian High St and good selection of places to eat. From here the route takes you to pretty villages like Bunbury and the market town of Nantwich.

On the moderate route you then head on to Audlem with the busy Shropshire Union canal, and the long stretch of locks, before joining the gentle route near Wrenbury where you can watch the boats negotiate the swing bridge from the canalside pub. Head back to Chester through the unspoilt borders area around (not up) the Peckforton Hills, past Stretton Mill and through the pretty black and white village of Tattenhall.

There are lots of interesting things to do along the route including a visit to Hack Green Nuclear bunker a fascinating 'cold war' nuclear bunker which is now a museum, Dagfields crafts and antiques centre, Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Beeston Castle, Stapley Water Gardens, and Nantwich Museum.

Cycling distances - Gentle 10 - 15 miles a day, moderate 20-25 miles per day

Itinerary for Black and White Villages

Moderate route

Day 1 - Arrive at comfotable farmhouse B & B from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular 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 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 throughTarporley past Beeston Castle and then along quiet lanes to Nantwich with its pretty streets, antique shops and small museum. Spend some time here exploring the town. Hotel in Nantwich. Cycle about 20 miles

Day 4 - Cycle past Dagfields antique and craft centre and on to the canalside village of Audlem and watch the canal boats going through one of the longest sets of locks. Continue on through Wrenbury to Cholmondeley. Accommodation is at the Cholmondeley Arms - 23 - 25 miles.

Day 5 - From Cholmondeley cycle back to Chester through Tilston, Coddington and Tattenhall. Stop for a visit to the Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm and then continue back into Chester following the canal towpath for the last section. We meet you back at your starting point with you luggage and to collect the bikes.- 22 - 24 miles - we can shorten this route if you want to finish early - please advise us.

Gentle route

Day 1 - Arrive at comfotable farmhouse B & B from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular 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 detour to the Boot Inn at Willington, and continue on to Little Budworth Country Park. From here on to the Georgian village of Tarporley for tea and cakes, before the final few miles to Little Budworth. 12 - 15 miles

Day 3 - Cycle to Bunbury with an option to loop to Beeston Castle and then along quiet lanes to Nantwich with its pretty streets, antique shops and small museum. 13 miles or 17 - 18 with loop to Beeston. Stay near Nantwich.

Day 4 - From Nantwich take quiet lanes, past Hack Green Nuclear Bunker (an old bunker now an interesting museum) crossing the canal and on to the canalside village of Wrenbury stopping for lunch at the Cotton Arms, overlooking the canal. From here past Barn Books and on to Cholmondeley. Visit Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (open Wed, Thurs and Suns) Accommodation is at the Cholmondeley Arms  - about 15 miles.

Day 5 - From Cholmondeley cycle back to Chester past the candleworkshop and on the to pretty black and white village of Tattenhall. Stop for a visit to the Cheshire Cheese and Ice Cream Farm and then continue back into Chester following the canal towpath for the last section. We meet you back at your starting point with you luggage and to collect the bikes. About 15 - 17 miles - we can shorten this route if you want to finish early - please advise us.

Accommodation

Farmhouse B & B's and inns/hotels. Parking at farmhouse near Chester. 

Pricing

Prices shown are per person

Number of Nights B&Bs/Farm/Inns Inns/Hotels
4 £445 £460
Single supp/night £15 -25 £20 - 35

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 of 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 (Chester)

Nearest station - Chester

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