Bicycle Beano: really special cycling holidays

Now booking for our 2017 Beanos!

Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and the South Downs

Bicycle Beano cycling holidays are a fine blend of delicious vegetarian cuisine, friendly groups, and brilliant cycling on the idyllic country lanes of Wales, the Welsh Borders and the South and West of England.

Bicycle Beano has been running its own unique type of holiday in Wales and rural England since 1982. We only run holidays in areas that we know and love ourselves; areas we have explored on our own bikes. That means we can introduce you to a cyclist's paradise: peaceful lanes, ruined castles, half-forgotten villages and gorgeous scenery.

In the bike shed. Image © Fran Allen.

In the bike shed. Image © Fran Allen.

What makes our cycling holidays special?

We believe cycling should be an enjoyable experience.

It's like cycling through a postcard! - Amy, Arizona

A Bicycle Beano isn't a training camp or an endurance test, it's a chance to relax, unwind and spend time exploring some hidden corners of Britain in one of the best ways possible: on a bicycle. Often we'll encourage you to stop to admire the view, or explore a ruin, or peek inside a quirky village church.

We cycle along with you, but we don't "lead" the rides.

You'll have a comprehensive route sheet and a daily route talk, so you can set off on your own or link up with others who cycle at a similar speed to you. There's no pressure to keep up with the group.

You can pick your own pace and distance.

You can take shortcuts or detours depending on how you feel and still meet up with the rest of the group for lunch or coffee stops. (A typical day's ride might be 30-40 miles, with optional detours to take it to 60 or more.)

We take over a large country house or residential retreat for the duration.

We stay in one place, giving us a chance to explore the area in depth rather than moving on each day. It gives us a chance to relax into the space and get to know each other – it's the cycling equivalent of a country house party.

We provide great vegetarian catering.

Our venues provide yummy vegetarian cuisine, some of it organic and in some cases grown in their own gardens. As one delighted reviewer put it, "...wholesome and filling and so delicious that the meat eaters among us don't feel we're missing a thing".

Every Beano is hand-crafted.

Each year we run just a handful of carefully-chosen cycling holidays. We don't franchise our holidays or put our name on other people's tours: every Bicycle Beano holiday is carefully designed, planned and organised by us.

So come and join us for some great cycling, brilliant food and good company on a Bicycle Beano.

Everything stops for tea!(Photo: Mark Gallagher)

Everything stops for tea! Image © Mark Gallagher.

Forest of Dean. Image © Zoe Weston.

Forest of Dean. Image © Zoe Weston.

Crossing the Wye. Image © Zoe Weston.

Crossing the Wye. Image © Zoe Weston.

Great cycling country and Bicycle Beano are warmly recommended for value for money fun. – Cycling Plus