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

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Captivating Cornwall

9 Day(s)
Moderate
Self-guided

Lying on England's rugged southwestern tip, Cornwall captivates with its dramatic cliffs and coves, its intriguing tales of smuggling and mining, the myriad of steep villages rising from the sea and the vibrant art and culinary finds around every ...

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The Highlands coast to coast

8 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

The Highlands of Scotland are known for their stunning scenery and sparse population and conjure a romantic image which doesn't disappoint on closer inspection. From the sandy shores of the Moray Firth east of Inverness to the dramatic and rocky ...

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Electric Lakes

9 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

Home to England's biggest lakes and tallest mountains, the Lake District is an area of electrifying natural beauty and as such, has recently become a World Heritage Site. It has inspired numerous writers, artists and poets and you will not fail t ...

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A Highland fling

5 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

The awesome landscapes and fascinating history of the Highlands in Scotland are unique and unparalleled. On this gentle self-guided cycling tour, discover for yourself the details that make this region so beloved by locals and visitors alike. There's ...

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A jolly around Connemara

7 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

Connemara is often described as the 'western wonderland of Europe', and when you come here you'll see why: it's where rugged mountains soar above breathtaking wild Atlantic beaches. Your route will take you both inland and along the coast, giving you ...

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The awesome Algarve

8 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

The Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region, is known for its year round sunshine and wonderful coastline along which beaches are strung out embellished with coves, caves, dramatic cliffs and sea-carved archways and offshore sand strips are reach ...

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A Grand Tour of the Southern Netherlands

10 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

A stunning nine day cycling tour from Amsterdam to Maastricht that takes in the beautiful and varied landscape of the Southern Netherlands, its medieval architecture, farmlands, forests, canals and the Dutch Golden Age, staying at beautifully located ...

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Highlights of Holland

7 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

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, beaut ...

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Dutch craft Flemish art

8 Day(s)
Easy
Guided

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 A ...

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The Curonian lagoon

8 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

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 als ...

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Easy Tuscany ~ Pisa to Florence

8 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

This is a 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 ...

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Provence and the wild Camargue

7 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

This gentle bicycle tour weaves its way through the picturesque Van Gogh landscapes of Provence and into the wild heart of the Camargue. Pedal at your own pace along quiet backroads through sweeping plains, olive groves and vineyards, and discover th ...

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Brittany's emerald coast

9 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

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 tow ...

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The medieval heart of Spain

8 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

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 ...

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Majorca coast to coast

8 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

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 bout ...

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Land of the Spanish conquistadors

7 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
Self-guided

This tour covers 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 ...

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Windsor and Hampton Court

4 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

Here is a celebration of royal history. Monarchs built their palaces and planted their gardens along the banks of the River Thames at Richmond, Kew, Hampton Court and Windsor. They hunted on the vast tracts of land surrounding these palaces which rem ...

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Whistle-stop Thames and Chilterns

3 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

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 vill ...

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Whistle-stop Devon

3 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

This tour has all the delights of Devon with idyllic flat, traffic free pedalling. 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 tr ...

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Whistle-stop Cotswolds

3 Day(s)
Easy
Self-guided

Enjoy a wonderful array of our favourite sights in the rolling Cotswolds with this whistle-stop tour. 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 throu ...

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