Cycle Breaks
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About us? Our focus is on your time.

It’s your activity holiday and we want you to feel better for it.

We’d like you to relax, before you even arrive. We know you’ll enjoy the breath-taking scenery, sense of space or great array of historic offerings all the more if you have no worries about the smooth operation of your holiday. We understand that a successful, relaxing holiday starts with your peace of mind.

At our base under huge Suffolk skies, we’ve been listening and learning from our customers since Cycle Breaks was started by Andy Patton in 1991. Over the years, we have refined and developed our tours portfolio, adding bike holiday programmes in Europe and, in England, walking tours around our favourite parts of Suffolk and Norfolk.

Time has seen both our holiday programmes and customer following grow, but we have never lost our very personal touch. Cycle Breaks is still owned and managed by Andy, supported by a long-standing, dedicated and knowledgeable team who are also keen cyclists and walkers themselves.

What’s more, our customers share their experiences with us and many come back to book with us time and again.

In this internet age, we appreciate that choice is at your fingertips. Again and again though, we see proof that our high level of service, valuable local knowledge and attention to detail are very much appreciated and considered good value for money.

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HOW OUR HOLIDAYS WORK

We take care of everything from places to stay to good bikes, from moving your luggage along to your next hotel to preparing a personalised itinerary for your party.

We value your peace of mind, so we’ve also ensured that your holiday payment is safe with us, through our secure online payment system and protection secured through our IPP insurance cover so that there is absolutely no risk to you in the event of our financial failure.

Transporting luggage from place to place

Travel light on your cycling or walking holiday with just the bare essentials – camera, book, binoculars, picnic, etc. In the morning, we pick up your bags and ensure they are waiting for you by late afternoon at your next night’s stop.

Characterful accommodation that’s comfortable & well chosen

Admittedly, when it comes to putting your feet up, roaring log fires and cosy armchairs might be a priority for some. We can’t make any promises there, but – even in Europe – we do select the accommodation for all our tours according to our own criteria and clear standards.

Freedom & flexibility

With only a couple of exceptions, you can start your break in England on any day of the week and are welcome to add extra nights to the beginning or end of your stay, or along the way, if available. In Europe, some of our cycling holidays have more restricted start days, but we’re on hand to advise on what flexibility is available and will book extra nights at either end of your stay as required. We can also give you useful tips for travel to and from your chosen destination.

Graded itineraries, maps, guides & detailed route notes

We’re enthusiastic cyclists and walkers ourselves, so we don’t underestimate the role of a comfortable, well-planned, meticulous itinerary through inspiring scenery. The pace of your break and the distances you cover are up to you, so you can be as active or relaxed as you wish, visit the sights you want to see and enjoy every minute of your holiday.

There’s nothing we enjoy more than pedalling or walking the routes ourselves and getting the detail right. Far from introducing you to run-of-the-mill experiences, we aim to share valuable local tips which enable you to relax into what the regions really have to offer and allow you simply to go with the flow.

All our cycling and walking tours are graded as some routes offer more challenges than others. Most routes feature a range of detours and all our tour descriptions detail minimum and maximum mileages (some longer trips may offer rest days).

We are pleased to offer electric bikes as an option on most of our cycle tours and also a range of single centre breaks – great for first timers or those who might just want to spend more time relaxing at the hotel than heading out and about.

Gentle adventures – expertly organised

Ultimately though, it’s worth remembering that gentle holidays are simply what we do – so you won’t find any ‘extreme’ days in our tour programmes. You can speak with one of our knowledgeable team personally at every stage of your enquiry and booking. And should you need us during your stay, we’re at the end of a phone too.


TOUR GRADES

Grades 1-3 are suitable for the moderately fit. If you are planning to take the longer route options, it is advisable to be reasonably fit.

 

Grade 1

Very Easy

Cycling: Very short rides. Mainly flat terrain. Some small hills.

Walking: Short day walks. Generally flat terrain. May include some small hills.

Grade 2

Easy

Cycling: Slightly longer rides. Mainly flat terrain. Some small hills.

Walking: Slightly longer walks. May include gently rolling hills or stretches of beach.

Grade 3

Moderate

Cycling: Longer rides – generally same itineraries as ‘Easy’ tours, but with the longer route options selected. May include slightly more or bigger hills.

Walking: Moderately long walks. May include some hills or stretches of beach.

Grade 4

More Challenging

Cycling: Longer rides with potentially more frequent climbs and descents, and occasional (though possibly avoidable) challenging climbs.

Walking: Longer walks.  possibly with frequent ascents or descents.

 

The mileages of the routes do vary, considerably at times, but we’ve tried to explain this clearly in the tour descriptions.

As a guide ’occasional’ cyclists should expect to cover between 6-10 miles an hour at a gentle pace, allowing for short stops on the way.


BIKES & BACK-UP 

Great bikes provided…

For our cycling holidays we supply hybrid tourers – a comfortable bike, more rugged than a road bike, but lighter and faster than a mountain bike. They’ve got easy to use gears, flat or ‘quarter-rise’ handle bars and are available with a ladies’ or gents’ frame.

Panniers, handlebar bags, map holders and support equipment are supplied. Given enough notice, we can also supply GPS tracks for use on your own equipment for any of our Cycle Breaks in England and for an increasing number of our overseas routes too. We are also trialling easy to use GPS computers for our tours in England and have a number available for use – free of charge on a first come first served basis.

Or bring your own

If you’d prefer to bring along your own bike, that’s fine by us. We’ll even give you a discount, and should you have a problem with it whilst on the tour, we’ll bring you a replacement bike for the rest of your holiday, charging back the discount you were given.

On the road support

If your bike develops a problem, we’ll come and find you and get it sorted. Before you start though, we ensure your bike is a ‘good fit’ and you receive a briefing about the route and how to make contact in case help is needed. We’ll also run through basic bike repairs such as punctures – unfortunately though, it’s only on our Suffolk cycling tours that we’re able to come to your aid on these.

There’s nothing we enjoy more than pedaling the routes ourselves and getting the detail right. Far from introducing you to run-of-the-mill experiences, we aim to share valuable local tips which enable you to relax into what the regions really have to offer and allow you simply to go with the flow.

A note on our European holidays

Many years ago specialist cycle tour operators from Europe approached us to look after their clients when holidaying in Suffolk. Our relationships developed, and in 2002, we decided to reciprocate. The tours we offer in Europe blend our experience and understanding with the expert knowledge of our local partners who share our commitment to quality, service and great cycling.

We have developed our European programme slowly, choosing tours carefully. We visit the hotels personally, refining the suggested selections where we feel it is appropriate. Although not always able to guarantee the same organisational flexibility on offer through our UK tour programme, we work with our expert partners to accommodate special requests wherever possible.

 

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