We know that many of our passengers enjoy taking some exercise during their hotel barge cruise, so each vessel carries bicycles for everyone on board to use. On most cruises the crew can offload the bikes almost anytime for you to take a gentle pedal along the canal towpath, perhaps to the next pretty village or lock. Children's & tandem bikes are also available on request.
For those passengers who would like to be a little more adventurous, a number of our hotel barges now offer a “Biking Plus” option, as follows:
Whilst others are relaxing on deck, or maybe enjoying a stroll, you can take a bike on most days and follow an interesting, but not too challenging route which we will have already carefully researched.
You will be given clearly marked maps for each round trip route and a backpack with everything you might need so that, for an hour or two, you can explore the surrounding countryside and villages along the lanes, towpaths and byways. Itineraries are usually between 10 to 20 miles.
If you get stuck or lost, a crew member will come to fetch you. Otherwise, you can just re-join the hotel barge where you left her – or maybe a little further along the canal.
The hotel barge itinerary is arranged so that you won’t miss any of the organised excursions or much of the cruising, but you will have seen a little more of the people & places around you – and done yourself some good at the same time!
For more committed cyclists, there are biking charters with half-day guided itineraries, upgraded bikes and picnic lunches – but still with the usual. Helmets are always available and strongly recommended on all of our biking cruises.