Copenhagen

A visit to Copenhagen the cycle capital of Europe where there are no hills. We cycle countryside and coasts, visit castles, see viking ships, go to the Tivoli gardens, photograph the Little mermaid. Flights £48 return, bikes £80, accommodation £120.

Wednesday 29 Apr

15:20 Edinburgh (EDI) 18:05 Copenhagen (CPH) 1h 45m | easyJet | EZY6983. Train above terminal 3 into town takes 15 minutes. Stay in the Urban House, 2 minutes from the station. Bar, cinema, games room, bike hire here.

This evening we take Brian somewhere special.

Thursday 29 miles

We cycle the coastal route to Dyrehaven where we expect to encounter red, fallow and sika deer. In the middle of Dyrehaven is both the Hermitage Palace and the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken . We eat lunch at the Brede SpeisHus next to a lake or visit Fribad, a Brazilian grill buffet next to the beach.

This evening we take Russell somewhere special. We eat at the La Perla.


Friday 25 miles

A visit to a fishing village via the sea side today and to see the famous bridge to Sweden. We eat lunch overlooking the harbour in Cafe Blink where beer is £4.50 a pint. Tonight we eat in Spiseloppen in Christiania free town

Saturday 20 miles

In the morning do a tour of the most bike friendly city in the world around wonderful lakes and parks using the green ring. The football starts at 13:15  in the Irish Rover where brunch is available for DK99.

Sunday

Carlsberg Brewery Tour in English 13:00. Perhaps the windmills or fjords today. Probably visit the viking village.

21:45 Copenhagen (CPH) 22:35 Edinburgh (EDI) 1h 50m | easyJet | EZY6984

Memmingen March 2010

Sat, 13 Mar 10 Cycle to Fernhoten (16 miles)

FlightFR 6522 Edinburgh to Memmingen 10:05 Depart 13:25 Arrive £5

The bus station in is 4.5km from the airport with the 810/811 line Krumbach-Memmingen-Babenhausen (Brandner Bus) or with town line 2 (Angele) from Memmingen central bus station. The one way journey  costs € 2,50. We got a Diddelcar taxi with 8 seats and shared it with people from the bus stop which meant only €2 each and we got taken to hotel.

Arrived at Gasthaus Schwabenhof for €90 a night for 3 people with breakfast where they have a garage for the bikes. Picked up bikes at Fahrrad Heiss which cost €15 for three days and tried to cycle the Iller-Kneipp cycleway loop. Cycling through 4 inches of fresh snow was no fun and after 4 miles we gave up and went onto normal roads.

Ate Gulash soup in Gasthof Bruckwirt in Fernhoten along with the entire womans institute.Cycled back to Memmingen where we met the bike shop staff in the main square. Wandered round the town which was a mixture of simples bars and up-market places. Ended up in Bernitos mexican bar watching the football before eating in Zur Blauen Traube which was a very good bistro bar. More peopel from bike shop saw us and sent drinks over to our table.

Sun 14 Mar Memmington to Ulm ( 41 miles)

It was impossible to Cycle along the Iller Radweg because of the snow so we took the  st2031 route through many villages. Most of the road had a cycle track beside it and it was nice going to so many villages. Had snow flurries all morning. Stopped in Maristro cafe Bar in Illertissen for apple strudel. Arrived Ulm, a beautiful university town on the Danube and with the tallest church in the world. Ulm was pretty dead, it was vert cold and we were knackered. Ate in the station and discovered that the same train ticket that took us home was also valid for Munich. We jumped on the train to Munich with out bikes and went to the Hofbraus Haus for a couple of steins of lager and to listen to the oompah band. 8pm train back to Memmingen where we went to a couple of bars including the traditional Tunne.

Mon 15 Mar Morning cycle (11 miles)

Snowed quite heavy today and the cycleway was impassable and the single lane road busy with lorries. Did a short circuit and took bikes back. Went shopping and to Kreuzherrn cafe which was very nice with its vaulted ceiling from the 13th century. Got bus to airport. Flight at 14:15 arrives Edinburgh 3pm . £5

Tuscany Sept 2010

 

Lucca is one of Italy’s finest medieval treasures, the centre is sprinkled with palazzi, towers and almost countless splendid churches. The surrounding hills produce some excellent wines and arguably the finest olive oil anywhere, whilst the beaches and nightlife are a short cycle away. Wine is cheaper than water here. Continue reading “Tuscany Sept 2010”

Moselle-Rhine Valley March 2011

A flight to Frankfurt Hahn and cycle down the Moselle wine valley through the well known wine towns to fortress Koblenz then up the Rhine valley. Map here.

Flights £20 return , taxi £16 return, three nights 3* accommodation at £80 Bike hire £20  Train £7 Total £143 Out 17th March back 20th

Day 1Thu (22 miles)

Thu 17 Mar 11 Flight FR 4383 07:20 Depart 10:05 Arrive £20. Taxi to Zell for €8. With over 4 million vines, it is the largest wine-producing town on the Mosel and home to the famous Schwarze Katz. Pick up bikes from Thomas at Fahrradverleih Mesenich, Corray 33,56856 Zell and cycle to Cochem along Moselle river on the Moselradweg for bikes. Visit to Mustard Factory. Stay in Cochem Youth Hostel for night £20 under the shadow of Reichsburg Castle the tallest castle on the Moselle and 1000 years old. Trains every half hour.

Day 2 Fri (40 miles)

Cycle to the Moselle to Koblenz for lunch. Four choices – Alt Brauhaus, alt Coblenz, Trattoria de raffaele, Los Gauchos are all close by in the old town. and then onto the Rhine’s oldest castle finally to stay at Hotel Ebertorin Boppard for £25 including breakfast. Trains every half hour. Visit to Roman Fort obligatory.

Day 3 Sat (30 to 50 miles)

Cycle the Upper Middle Rhine Valley – a world heritage site – through the highest concentration of castles in Europe. 40 castles line the route cycled today. Train option all day every hour but Mainz is destination. Lunch in Bingen. Stay in Mainz, in Koenigshof Hotel for £30 on Scotland Street opposite the main railway station.

Day 4 Sun ( 8 miles)

Up early to cycle to catch train at 08:30. Second train available at 9:30. €7.5 each on group ticket. Arrive Bullay at 11:05. Cycle to Zell . Drop off bikes and then get taxi at 12:15 back to airport for €8.  Sun20 Mar 11 Flight FR 4382 14:25 Depart 15:15 Arrive £10

Saint Emilion Aug 2010

A return to the self-proclaimed capital city of bikes. This time its castles, caves (prehistoric) and chateaux (wine)

Bordeaux has 500km of dedicated cycle tracks through the vineyards that surround it – west to the Atlantic Ocean, east through the Dordogne vineyards, south to the forest.

Day 1 Fri 27th August – Bordeaux

Meet at airport 15:30. Flight departs 18:00 Edinburgh arrives Bordeaux 21:30. Take laine 1 bus into town to Merideck Lycee and change to Tram A to Jardin Botanique. Runs very 10 minutes. Catch end of Tour De France Grand Prix run in Bordeaux city centre. Stay in Etap Bordeaux in the Bastide across the Pont de Pierre for €25 each which includes breakfast. Go to Saint Aubin bar for evening drinks – open till 1am.

Day 2 Sat 28th August – Blaye Citadelle – 35 miles

Take tram A to Place Gambetta to collect bikes at 10am from Pierre Qui Roule. Strap bags to back of bikes ( no luggage deposit). Cycle north on tour de France route. Visit Jacobite vineyards and Chateau. 45,000 Jacobites settled in this area after Culloden. We will pass by Michael Lynch’s chateau north of Macau then 1 mile later Burke’s Chateaux Siran. We will visit Chateaux Clarke now owned by baron Rothschild. After lunch we will visit Fort-Medoc part of a trio of fortresses across the Gironde estuary built by Vauban in 17th centuary. Take ferry from Lamarque to Blaye at 17:00 or 18:30 passing Fort Pate and stay overnight in shadow of Blaye citadelle in Villa St Simon with its own wine cellar. Breakfast included for €40 each.

Day 3 Sun 29th August – Saint Emilion – 40 miles

Cycle east along Gironde coast and visit market town of Bourg built from local limestone and only accessible on foot. Then at Dordogne River visit the prehistoric caves nearby inhabited for 80,000 years with rock carvings – we are booked in at 10:00 and tour last 40 minutes for €7. Pass through Libourne and visit the famous medievil St Emilion founded by a monk in the 8th centuary. We stay in the Hotel Balladins with swimming pool 2 miles outside town for €25 each, breakfast extra. The streets are cobbled and restauranst expensive but probably dine here tonight. Visit to the Eglise Monolithe the largest troglodyte church in France carved out of rock. Possibility of seeing Bordeaux v Marseille on TV kick off 21:00. Trains at 18:05 and 19:09 into Bordeaux but not clear about return.

Day 4 Mon 30th August – Bordeaux – 40 miles

South to Saint Sulpice de Falayrens where we visit the prehistoric menhir. Then return to Bordeaux by bike on Piste Roger Lapebie. Stop at ou legumes oublies to see and perhaps taste vegetables no longer mass cultivated. Vross the Garonne River and get to Place Gambetta before 19:00 Get bus number 1 at about 19:30. Flight home departs at 21:55 arrives 23:10.

Approximate costs

3 nights accommodation at €35 per night

flights £25 return

bike hire €20

lunch and evening meal

Bordeaux May 2010

2010 May A cycle trip to the self-proclaimed capital city of bikes. Bordeaux has 500km of dedicated cycle tracks through the vineyards that surround it – west to the Atlantic Ocean, east through the Dordogne vineyards, south to the forest.

Day 1 Wed 19th May arrival – flights get in around 16:00

Meet at airport 11 am. Flight departs 12:50 Edinburgh. Buy 7 day Bordeaux travel pass for €10 and take laine 1 bus into town to St-Bruno – Hôtel de Région and change to Tram A. Runs very 10 minutes. Stay in Etap Bordeaux in the Bastide across the Pont de Pierre for €26 each. Perhaps take petit-train tour of city for 45 mins at €7. We will eat at the Cassolette at 8pm – 5 courses and bottle of wine for €15. Breakfast additional €4.

Day 2 Thu 20th May Lacanou Ocean – 26 miles

bikesTake tram A then C to get no 3 bus from Quinconces (Munich) bus stop at 9:27 or 9:43 to St Medard eglise. Walk to Oxyjeune bike hire where we leave the hand luggage. Start cycle about 11am. Cycle Piste Bordeaux-Lacanou to Atlantic Ocean and stay in 3 star Hotel du Golf in Lacanou Ocean for €40 each. Heated pool. Breakfast additional €10.

Day 3 Fri 21st May – Atlantic coast to Arcachon – 34 miles

Cycle Piste Medoc. Take the cycleway to Cap Ferret and then get water bus across the Bassin to town of Arcachon at 14:30 or 16:30 for €10.5 inc bike. Visit largest Sand Dune in Europe. Stay in a 2nd empire villa built around 1824 called Villa Regina for €37 in the famous “Hiver Ville” area of Arcachon. Breakfast available at extra fee. This property is self catering so a cheap evening meal is possible.

Day 4 Sat 22nd May – Gasgogne National Forest – 48 miles (35 or 20 option with train)

Early start! Train at 8:26 or 9:26 to Biganos. Go along piste Mios- Basas. Champions league final tonight. Stay in 15th century windmill in forest overnight near village of Sore for €30 including breakfast. If anyone not up to today there is a train option into Bordeaux then change to go to Langon 20 miles from destination.

Day 5 Sun 23rd May Cycle the wine region – 33 miles

Possible stay in Chateau de Grand Banet. Train from Cerons 2:12 and 5:41.

Day 6 Mon Mon 24th May – 26 miles

return to Bordeaux by bike on Piste Roger Lapebie then out to St Medard to return bikes and get cases. Get number 3 bus back into centre Quinconces. Get bus number 1 at about 19:30. Flight home departs at 21:55 arrives 23:10.

Approximate costs

5 nights accommodation at €35 per night

flights at £40 return

bike hire €62

lunch and evening meal

Lagos

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A trip in western Algarve staying in a four start hotel in the old quarter of Lagos and easy access to restaurants. Chance of rain at this time of year and a westerly wind.

Prices – £35 bike hire, £68 4 nights 4 star accommodation, £60 return flight,  £34 airport transfer

Tuesday 20th January
Meet 14:30 in bar through security. Flight at 16:40 arriving Faro 20:00. Transfer to hotel by minibus.

Stay in Lagos Tivoli 4 star with indoor pool and gym for £15 pppn including breakfast. Drinks in Star Bar where beer is £1.10 wine 80p

Wednesday

Cycle to Portimao inland then round coast 25 miles where we have lunch. We eat lunch in the Portuguese restaurant Bacalhoada selling the traditional fish. Train back. This evening we try one of the 7 Indian restaurants in town, the Maharajah Tasty Indian.

Thursday

Train to Portimao at 9 am or cycle the 14 miles. Lunch to be decided. PIzza probably. This evening we eat in Onda Norte a traditional steak and sea food restaurant. Train back 16:17, 17:17.

Friday

Train to Albuferia at 9 am and cycle past Vilamoura to Quartieria where we have lunch in a seafood restaurant that gets its food off the trawlers. Team decision fro evening meal. Train back 16:17, 17:17.

Saturday
Transfer to Faro airport by minibus. Flight home 12:55 arriving 16:20

Extra cycle route

Hadrians Wall

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We follow the ancient Roman wall visiting market towns and Roman forts, cycling along quiet country roads. Mainly flat with a couple of hills in the middle. A train line follows the whole route. Map here 

 

Wednesday 9th July 

Train at 16:52 £14.50 to Maryport with bikes booked on section to Carlisle. Train to Maryport arrives 19:00. Stay in the Golden Lion Hotel  for £90 (£45 each) including breakfast.  Dickens, Wordsworth and Stevenson (rocket) all stayed here. World cup football semi final tonight at 21:00

Thursday 10th July 48 miles Maryport to Carlisle

Stay in city centre  IBIS Carlisle for £42 for twin room (£21 each). Possibly eat in Royal Outpost Thai

Friday 11th July 48 miles to Corbridge

Visit Roman Army Museum in Haltwhistle. Visit Vindolanda fort after Haltwhistle. Lunch somewhere here. 27 miles to Corbridge where we stay in The Wheatsheaf Hotel for £54.50 each.

Saturday 12th July 24 miles to Newcastle

Train booked for 13:35 from Newcastle Coach D arriving 14:20 Berwick. £5.20 Same train arrives Edinburgh 15:20. £7.20 second leg. 18:20 train for Hibees.