Cycle and Camp the Tour of Britain Route

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Monday 29 October 2012

Follow in the wheels of the some of the world’s best professional cyclists and create your own cycle tour of Britain route with The Camping and Caravanning Club and Sustrans, a leading UK charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike and public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

Cycling has grown in popularity over the last four years due to the success of the British riders in the London Olympics and Bradley Wiggins’ historic effort in the Tour de France, so there has never been a better time to combine two of the nation’s favourite pastimes – cycling and camping!

Five tours have been created which will guide cyclists through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. They are located in; the Midlands, the north of England, the south of England, Scotland and Wales.

Each tour is approximately 100-150 miles long and will take four to five days to complete, with key overnight stops at Camping and Caravanning Club Sites. Cyclists may however wish to add additional days to their schedules to allow them to explore the sites and the local area.

The new partnership venture is poignant as the Club’s founder Thomas Hiram Holding was originally from a cycling background.

Holding was a keen cyclist and one of the leading lights in the formation of the Bicycle Touring Club in 1878. Then, years later, a chance conversation with a friend, who wanted to try ‘cycle camping’ resulted in him designing some suitable lightweight kit and, with four friends, embarking on a cycle camping expedition in Ireland.

Holding invited interested readers to contact him and this resulted in the formation of the Association of Cycle Campers, with 13 members, in 1901. Its inaugural camp at Wantage, with just six people in attendance, was the first meeting of the organisation now known as The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Robert Louden, the Club’s Director General, is delighted with the partnership and said: “Cycle camping is a key part of the Club’s history and it’s fantastic that this pastime is now growing in popularity once again.

“Sustrans is the charity behind the award-winning National Cycle Network and it’s a pleasure to be working with them to boost domestic tourism with an environmentally-friendly holiday option.”

Melissa Henry, Communications Director at Sustrans, added: “Thousands of people across the UK are getting on their bikes and choosing healthy, cheap and green holidays.

“Cycling in a great way to see the countryside with the family, meet local people and stay fit while you travel. Most importantly, it’s great fun too.”

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 110-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites.
  2. There are 20 Camping in the Forest Sites across the UK: Ardgartan, Cashel, Cobleland, Glenmore, Bracelands, Christchurch, Aldridge Hill, Ashurst, Denny Wood, Matley Wood, Hollands Wood, Homsley, Ocknell, Longbeech, Roundhill, Setthorns, Beddgelert, Spiers House, Thorpe, Postern Hill.
  3. Camping in the Forest Sites offer Forest Ranger experiences including: Dusk watch, Forest Survival and Young Explorers and self-lead activities.
  4. Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today.