Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

EBike Tour 14

Make the most of the great outdoors, on this 3 night electric bike holiday. A cycle to the 2 highest points in Leicestershire are guaranteed to help you warm up and offer fabulous views too. This short break cycling holiday takes you through the fabulous English countryside, with plenty of places to stop and enjoy a break along the way. With warming log fires, delicious pub food, fabulous accommodation and plenty to explore, this is the perfect winter EBike cycling holiday.

A 2 night version of this cycling holiday is possible. Please ask for details

ACCOMMODATION

This route uses small independent hotels

Bed and Breakfast

INFORMATION

  • Nights

  • Ave daily mileage

  • Availability

    3
    20 - 30
    Start any day, all year

PRICE

Price includes

Electric bike hire, accommodation on a b&b basis, luggage transfer each day, car parking, detailed self-guide route to follow at your own pace, helmets. We're on hand to offer local support when required

Price excludes

Travel to your holiday starting point. Entry to attractions. Single supplement. Dinners. Extra nights. Travel insurance

From £475 per person

ROUTE DETAILS

Day 1

Once you are settled, we will bring the bikes to your first accommodation. We will fit the bikes to you and provide all the information you need for a perfect winter EBike cycling break. Take a short ride to get used to your EBike. Or why not enjoy a ramble through the neighbouring country park and look for the resident deer herd? We recommend dinner in one of the lovely local pubs, then snuggle up in your own cosy snug and read more about tomorrow's adventures.


Day 2

Get warm for the day with a cycle around the lovely Beacon Hill Country Park, just a few minutes from your first accommodation stop. Here you might see Highland Cattle, rare breed sheep and even Alpaca. Next stop is the Mt St Bernard Abbey, the only English producer of Trappist beer. Whilst you are unable to visit the brewery, the abbey is still an interesting place for a wander and the beer is available in the onsite shop. Next door is a super cafe, with lots of outdoor seating and fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. It's the perfect place for a warming drink, before continuing your adventure. A cycle through woodland paths will take you past the ancient remains of the Grace Dieu Priory. After a cycle along an old railway track, you'll want a turbo boost to take you up the hill to ancient Breedon Church. It's worth the effort though, for the fabulous views.

If you're feeling thirsty then end your day's adventure, with a diversion to the Milking Parlour Tap, a fabulous pop up beer garden and barn, at a local craft brewery. Warm yourself by the fire in the large barn, or enjoy the last of the sun in the sheltered courtyard. A short distance further brings you to the pretty little town of Melbourne, where you will spend tonight. It's a lovely place for a wander, with its independent shops, restaurants and cafes.


Day 3

First stop today is National Trust's Calke Abbey, with its wonderful grounds and gardens. The walled garden is a delight to explore in every season and there are numerous cycling trails around the grounds. Today's mileage has been kept low, to allow plenty of time for exploring. The sunny courtyard cafe at Calke Abbey is popular with walkers and cyclists in all seasons. Next stop is a visit to the lovely courtyard craft centre at Staunton Harold Hall. The yard is home to a number of craftsmen and artists, as well as a deli, full of delicious treats for a picnic. The cafe here is another popular place to sit outside and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee break. The next part of your journey takes you along a woodland path, where an oak noon column, carved by sculptor David Nash, is hidden from sight. On a sunny day, this is the perfect place for a picnic, as you watch the sun shine through the eye of the column, creating a ray of sunlight in the shadow of the column. Garden lovers should end the day with a visit to the peaceful Bluebell Arboretum, where you will find a wide variety of rare trees, in a woodland setting. A short cycle from the arboretum brings you to your accommodation for tonight, a lovely pub, where you can be sure of a good meal and comfortable bed.


Day 4

Your final day begins with a trip to the ruins of Ashby Castle, nestled behind the town's high street. As you cycle through the countryside, look out for the peculiar village lock-up, in the village of Packington. This is one of several similar village lock-ups in the region. After winding your way through the lanes, your journey back to your start point will take you through woodland and past a second of the David Nash Noon Columns. The landscape becomes more rugged, as you climb back into Charnwood. A cycle through magnificent Bradgate Park, home to many wild deer, brings you back to your start point.

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