The Carter Company

Authentic Travels By Bike And On Foot

They 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, there is 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. They also design tailor-made holidays.

Their Tours

Whistle-stop Lochs and Glens

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5 Day(s)
Easy
39 Miles
avg 13 Miles
Self-guided

The Trossach hills provide a fabulous backdrop to your route, which leads you through stunning wooded glens and beside quiet lochs. Float along the serenely beautiful Loch Katrine on a steamship and pedal along the water's edge of Lochs Katrine a ...

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Steaming through Snowdonia

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
119 Miles
avg 24 Miles
Self-guided

It's an area of superb natural beauty with a wealth of picturesque villages, an unspoilt coastline, a plethora of castles and small railways and a colourful local history. The area is steeped in distinctive culture.

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Scotland's Grand Tour

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6 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
214 Miles
avg 54 Miles
Self-guided

The route traverses the full range of iconic Scottish landscapes, from epic mountains and lochs to forests and sweeping sand dunes. The reward at the end of each 'not so gentle' day is well worth the effort, with stays in Scotland’s fin ...

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Whistle-stop Devon

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3 Day(s)
Easy
77 Miles
avg 39 Miles
Self-guided

Smell the sea air, taste the cream teas, see the green hills, touch the gentle way of life and almost hear the sound of trains as you ride along the disused railway tracks. Both days on this 2 night break allow as little or as much cycling as you fan ...

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Whistle-stop Cotswolds

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3 Day(s)
Easy
79 Miles
avg 40 Miles
Self-guided

It may be short and it can be as laid back as the moment requires, but it encapsulates all that is so appealing in this much loved area. Pedal through a string of pretty hamlets and along forgotten leafy lanes. Enjoy the market towns of Stow on Wold ...

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Valleys of the Cotswolds

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7 Day(s)
Easy
118 Miles
avg 24 Miles
Self-guided

Add a touch of Roman influence - at Cirencester and relaxing two night stays in the heart of both Burford and Bibury - and you know you've hit a winner.

Follow the Thames meadows out of Oxford and ride tiny lanes and gentle bridlew ...

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The Thames Royal Palaces

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5 Day(s)
Easy
82 Miles
avg 21 Miles
Self-guided

Then step from your overnight accommodation onto a river boat and follow the Thames as it threads its way serenely through the history of England. Monarchs built their palaces and planted their gardens along the banks of the river at Kew, Richmond, H ...

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The Really Rather Special Tour

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6 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

All are country houses in beautiful settings with tip top service. All have excellent restaurants and a number have spas. In fact you might want to relax for a day or so and leave your bike idle. Tailoring the itinerary and distances for you, this is ...

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The New Forest to the Isle of Wight

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6 Day(s)
Easy
78 Miles
avg 20 Miles
Self-guided

Tucked into the peaceful landscape are pretty villages and charming estuaries where maritime history abounds. And just off the coast lies the delightfully English Isle of Wight.

Using awesome gravel tracks through the forest and disuse ...

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The New Forest and Stonehenge

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6 Day(s)
Easy
75 Miles
avg 19 Miles
Self-guided

From your New Forest inn, you freewheel down to the Avon valley and follow the string of pretty villages that lie along the river. Quiet and characterful, the route leads by the back door into the heart of Salisbury. This fascinating city with its fa ...

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The Highlands Coast to Coast

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9 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
195 Miles
avg 28 Miles
Self-guided

From the sandy shores of the Moray Firth east of Inverness to the dramatic and rocky west coast, south of Fort William, this tour includes a wondrous variety of scenery from historic highland towns to tiny fishing hamlets, mountain ranges to deserted ...

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The Grand Tour

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14 Day(s)
Moderate
383 Miles
avg 32 Miles
Self-guided

Like the games, the trip has been a resounding success. Starting and finishing in Oxford, it includes the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and Blenheim Palace, the iconic River Thames, the well-loved towns of Stratford on Avon and Salisbury a ...

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The Cotswolds and Stonehenge

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10 Day(s)
Moderate
293 Miles
avg 37 Miles
Self-guided

Starting in the historic university city of Oxford you visit many of the best loved villages and valleys that have made the Cotswolds so memorable. See Chipping Campden, the Slaughters, Bibury, and Tetbury as you ride through the Windrush and Coln va ...

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The Complete New Forest Experience

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13 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
228 Miles
avg 21 Miles
Self-guided

Put simply, it incorporates everything on offer there - forest life and villages, the Isles of Wight and Purbeck, the coast and beaches of Dorset, the Avon valley, Salisbury and Stonehenge. This staggering array of history, landscapes and mood can al ...

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Lochs and Glens to Edinburgh

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
101 Miles
avg 20 Miles
Self-guided

The Trossach hills provide a fabulous backdrop to your route, which leads you through stunning wooded glens and beside quiet lochs to the highland town of Pitlochry. Float along the serenely beautiful Loch Katrine aboard a steam boat and ride along t ...

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Thames Source to Sea

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11 Day(s)
Moderate
228 Miles
avg 25 Miles
Self-guided

From its quiet source in the Cotswold Hills to the Thames Barrier at Greenwich where river and sea meet, this river of mystery holds many secrets for you to discover and enjoy.

The tranquil river path and the hidden lanes you will ride ...

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Shakespeare's Way

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8 Day(s)
Moderate|Options
170 Miles
avg 34 Miles
Self-guided

In celebration of his legacy, we decided to create our Shakespeare's Way cycling holiday, so you can pedal the route that the poet perhaps took on his journeys between the Globe Theatre in London, where most of his plays were first performed to p ...

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Shakespeare Country and the Cotswolds

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8 Day(s)
Easy|Options
148 Miles
avg 25 Miles
Self-guided

And through its hidden tracks, it leads from the heart of one bustling historic town to another.

The graceful contours of Cotswolds lanes and bridleways provide much of the route with the tranquil Oxford Canal leading to Blenheim Palac ...

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Ramble and Ride in the Cotswolds

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8 Day(s)
Easy|Options
103 Miles
avg 17 Miles
Self-guided

Our carefully tailored route gives you fabulous views on foot at Stow on Wold and Broadway Tower and gentle pedalling takes you along the gorgeous Windrush valley and to the honey-coloured stone villages at Burford and Bourton-on-water (or Lower Slau ...

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Quintessential England

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7 Day(s)
Moderate
106 Miles
avg 35 Miles
Guided|Self-guided

London needs little introduction, except that we hope with our suggestions for exploring the city you will find authentic London and discover what makes this great city tick.

The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natur ...

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