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England Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Lakes, Dales, Moors & Castles in the Countryside

  • Savor the ceremony of proper English tea—one lump or two?
  • After pedaling through timeless villages, charming farms and rolling pastures, unwind at a classic British pub
  • Climb over Kirkstone Pass for stunning views of glacier-carved lakes
  • Imagine riding alongside world-class cyclists through the spectacular Yorkshire countryside, starting point for the 2014 Tour de France
  • Relish the history of some of the UK's beautiful centuries-old stone castles, storybook English gardens and the awe-inspiring ruins of Fountains Abbey at Studley Royal Park, a World Heritage site

The Royals, double-decker buses and red telephone booths are all Great Britain. But so is the steep winding Kirkstone Pass. The breathtaking Lake Ullswater. The grand historic Bolton Castle. They're as much Great Britain as the Tower of London (and much less crowded). Visit for yourself—find your family's Great Britain.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Following morning tea in the magnificent Lowther Castle grounds, set out for a scenic spin through emerald pastures and sun-dappled forests  Ullswater, formed by a glacier after the last Ice Age, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the United Kingdom  Climb famous Kirkstone Pass for staggering mountain vistas.

Day 2 Take in views of vast blue Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells on this morning's ride  Discover a traditional farm with Shire horses, dairy cows and other animals  Lunch offers a farm to table dining experience including freshly made ice cream for dessert.

Day 3 Pedal through the bucolic sheep-dotted countryside, with its ancient drystone walls and gentle hills  Stop at a local artists retreat where our good friend Janet Benefield hosts a lovely private lunch  Journey through the tranquil Rusland Valley to the shores of Lake Windermere.

Day 4 Indulge in fish-and-chips in the bustling market town of Hawes, in the heart of the renowned Yorkshire Dales  Visit 600-year-old Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned  Pedal quiet country roads amid breathtaking rural beauty, verdant hills and picturesque villages.

Days 5-6 Cycle through the misty Yorkshire moorland, savoring glorious sweeping views of the Nidderdale  Pause to explore historic villages and the captivating ruins of Fountains Abbey.

I'm excited to offer this trip as one of our special Breakaway adventures, because there's really nothing quite like experiencing the verdant beauty of England on two wheels. Everything seems more vibrant, more intense—from the lake and mountain vistas and quaint market towns to sheep-dotted meadows and misty moorland, from the rich history to the lively pub culture. I invite you and your family to join us and live England to the fullest!
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British luxury doesn’t get much better than this well-appointed, elegant family-run inn. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

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Swinton Park

Masham (2 nights)

An incredible 17th century castle-turned-hotel boasting ornate ceilings and priceless art. This unique and eco-conscious property sources all food locally. (pool, spa)

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I'm excited to offer this trip as one of our special Breakaway adventures, because there's really nothing quite like experiencing the verdant beauty of England on two wheels. Everything seems more vibrant, more intense—from the lake and mountain vistas and quaint market towns to sheep-dotted meadows and misty moorland, from the rich history to the lively pub culture. I invite you and your family to join us and live England to the fullest!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 900 31 2700
2 13* 1300 33 3200 43 4000
27* 2700
3 8* 900 19* 1700 34 3000
41 3600
4 15* 1100 39* 2700 51* 3400 70 4100
5 22* 1200 29* 2400 42 3400
51 4100
6 13 1100
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in England

Shall We Meet in the Drawing Room?

The Lake District was the backyard of our England expert, Drew Smith, when he went to school nearby. He's crafted a unique biking itinerary that combines the Lakes with the Yorkshire Dales, weaving in castles, abbeys and expert tours of formal gardens – plus stays at two grand hotels, The Gilpin (Relais & Châteaux) and Swinton Park, both harking back to a Downton-style heritage that's easy to get accustomed to.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our England trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our England trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in England designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in England—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,498 pp dbl occ

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