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The Carter Company
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The Red House
Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire HP22 5EZ
United Kingdom
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The Carter Company

The Carter Company

Authentic Travels By Bike And On Foot

We offer a fantastic selection of cycling holidays in the UK and Europe. From day tours to short breaks and longer holidays of 13 nights or more, from gentle to not-so-gentle distances, and self-led or guided options, we have something to suit all appetites.

What sets us apart from other tour operators is our attention to detail and insider knowledge. With over 25 years of experience, we have personally cycled or walked every one of our trips. Our routes are unique to us and are thoughtfully designed to show you not just the headline attractions but also the hidden gems of the area you are visiting. We take the time to find routes along little-known back roads and quiet lanes that minimise the traffic and the slopes, and maximise the time you have to soak up the local culture and atmosphere. Since many of our trips are gentle and we use a lot of traffic-free paths, they are a great choice for family holidays.

Accommodation is hand-picked and boutique – most tours offer a choice of either classic inns or luxury hotels. We also design tailor-made holidays; please visit our website or contact us to find out more
Their Tours

A jolly around Corfu

8 Days Easy
This is a very relaxed wander by bike around one of the greenest of the Greek islands through pretty seaside villages and traditional inland hamlets. The rather sleepy ambiance of Corfu all adds to the charm along with old Corfu town itself - a World Heritage listed centre. This gentle journey ...

A Chiltern challenge

3 Days Easy-Moderate
This tour is based on the 170 mile way marked Chiltern Cycleway which covers the entire Chiltern Hills from the Thames at Henley in the south west to Hitchin in Hertfordshire in the north east. Comprised of chalk, these very pretty hills are known for red kites, beech woods, soaring views ...

London West to Kew and Richmond

1 Days Easy
This gentle ride of 18 miles takes you under many of the London bridges you may know and to riverside surprises you don't know. Then there's Kew to enjoy and Richmond to explore with its many waterside retreats, fine houses and park. Relax at the end of the day with bikes aboard a leisurely boat ...

London East to Greenwich and The Barrier

1 Days Easy
Ride east on this fascinating tour of 7 or 15 miles and unravel the layers of history that have built up beside the Thames. Discover the unexpected, a tiny museum and a farm. Soak up the maritime treasures at Greenwich and if you want to explore further, cycle on to the Barrier. There's a ...

London's Heart

1 Days Easy
Ideal for a half day, this 13.5 mile route is virtually traffic free. It explores famous London landmarks as well as the quirky and unexpected. The banks of the Thames and many of London's spacious parks define the route for this ride. Take in tiny mews and Kensington Palace, a street market and ...

A day in Oxford

1 Days Easy
Our classic city tour embraces many of the famous and beautiful university colleges and buildings including the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library. But it also includes the hidden backwaters of the Thames and Isis rivers, glorious meadows, the colourful Oxford Canal and some infamous ...

A day in Oxford and Blenheim

1 Days Easy
Our guided tour of Oxford and Blenheim Palace runs daily in the summer months at 10am .This is the best way to see Oxford and its surrounding countryside and stunning palace. Saddle up with your guide and pedal traffic free around the highlights of the city. Enjoy the Thames and its locks and ...

Brittany's emerald coast

9 Days Easy
This gentle cycling holiday includes all that we love about Brittany and more. A dramatic and rocky coast with wide sandy beaches, medieval streets, a rural landscape sometimes wild and always beautiful, seafood in abundance, small towns that charm, hotels with character and wonderful local food ...

Chateau living in the Loir

7 Days Easy-Moderate
Nowhere in France will you find as many 'chateaux' and manor houses as in the Loir Valley. This is the Loir without an 'e'. The castles along this river may not be quite as majestic as those of its famous 'sister' valley, the Loire, but they are certainly equally beautiful. Here you cycle along ...

Coastal adventures in Devon and Cornwall

8 Days Easy-Moderate
This stunning ride takes you from the north coast of both Cornwall and Devon to their respective southern shores. Riding from Ilfracombe to Plymouth across Devon and from Bude to Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, much of this spectacular route is on disused railway track taking you through tunnels and ...

Cotswold gardens

6 Days Easy
As the Cotswolds are home to numerous stunning English gardens, we have created this tour to include many of the most renowned. To these we have added the gardens we love and know others find inspirational. Collectively they show a wide range of styles and we are sure you will leave touched ...

Dutch craft Flemish art

8 Days Easy
What could be more Dutch than to live aboard a traditional barge and tootle about on a bike through the lowlands where everything's an art form? Freewheel through the fields and polders immortalised in the works of the Dutch masters en route to Antwerp, the city of Rubens. Windmills appear as ...

Easy Tuscany ~ Pisa to Florence

7 Days Easy
This is a very leisurely ride through the magic of Tuscany - through a wonderful landscape of vineyards and olive groves, charming villages and cypress tree lined lanes. Along the way lie the unique centres of Pisa, Lucca and Florence - 'art cities' which have shaped the history of Italy from ...

Highlights of Holland

7 Days Easy
Of all countries, Holland offers the most fabulous gentle cycling for it is wonderfully flat and has an astonishing network of well signed tarmacked bike paths with traffic lights for cyclists. It also has a stunning mix of heritage rich towns, beautiful coastline, picture postcard countryside ...

Kent for art lovers

3 Days Easy
Whitstable - charming, vintage and boutique is the base for this arty tour. From your home on the beach, famed for its oysters, there is wonderful gentle pedalling adjacent to the sea and along the coast. Enjoy The Turner Contemporary at Margate, the mysterious shell grotto and several step back ...

Land of the Spanish conquistadors

7 Days Easy-Moderate
This is the land of the Spanish Conquistadors that grew in wealth from the conquest of South America and as a result boasts a string of outstanding settlements rich in history and architecture. Starting from the old castle of Oropesa in West Spain, the tour leads along the south side of the ...

Majorca coast to coast

8 Days Easy
A wonderfully gentle ride takes you from the turquoise waters of the south to the north coast giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the many unspoilt delights of Majorca this tour unearths and the beaches along the way. We have chosen lovely boutique hotels each with a pool and a relaxed and ...

Oxford and Thames royal palaces

7 Days Easy
The River Thames threads its way serenely through sleepy rural villages, pretty landscapes and through the heart of bustling historic towns such as Oxford and Windsor. Royalty and history beckon, whilst water meadows, old inns, wildlife and weirs lead you on The tranquil river path provides ...

Quintessential England

7 Days Easy-Moderate
This tour combines a three night stay in London with idyllic cycling in the Cotswolds - two contrasting pictures of quintessential England. London needs little introduction, except that we hope with our suggestions for exploring the city you will find real London and discover what makes this ...

Shakespeare's Way

8 Days Easy-Moderate
William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. His 37 plays feature inspired plots, remarkable poetry, brilliant insights into human character and a very creative use of the English language. 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. In ...

Slow Bordeaux

8 Days Easy
This is a very leisurely holiday designed for you to fully enjoy the notable food and wines of the area, the many chateaux, the sun and the swimming pools and the considerable history and charm of the region. Bordeaux itself is a great start and finale to the tour with its people friendly ...

The Curonian lagoon

8 Days Easy
This is a truly fascinating trip that explores the World Heritage listed Curonian Spit in Lithuania. Blessed with stunning sandy beaches, remarkable dunes and a timeless landscape of pine forests and traditional fishing villages, this unique area also includes the first official cycle route in ...

Whistle-stop Thames and Chilterns

3 Days Easy
This 2 night break embraces the best of the beautiful area where the river Thames and the rolling Chiltern Hills meet. There are two flat river focused routes contrasting with a ride up into the hills on the third day. With a string of riverside villages and elegant towns to explore, the ...

The medieval heart of Spain

8 Days Easy-Moderate
This tour enables you to discover the real Spain and its cultural and medieval heart. Blessed with natural beauty, great wines and good food, the area abounds in history. From the World Heritage city of Segovia with its Roman aqueduct to the medieval villages and hill top towns and castles, you ...

The Grand Tour

14 Days Easy-Moderate
We created this grand tour of England taking in many of its historic sights, to celebrate the 2012 Olympics. Like the games, the trip has been a resounding success. Starting and finishing in Oxford, it includes the World Heritage sights of Stonehenge, Bath and Blenheim Palace, the iconic River ...

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