The Carter Company invite you to join this inspiring holiday of contrasts, offering some fabulous cycling in the New Forest National Park coupled with a visit to the World Heritage site of Stonehenge with your own tour guide and time to enjoy the historic city of Salisbury. Moreover, you will also have an ample time to explore these beautiful locations of England.
On the classic trips, The Carter Company has carefully chosen four-star (the very occasional three-star) small hotels and inns and a few private homes picked for their quality, character, and location. The classic accommodations during this cycling holiday are three nights in forest inns and two nights in a small hotel in the heart of Salisbury.
On the luxury trips, The Carter Company uses AA / RAC awarded four and five-star (the occasional three-star) hotels, manor houses, old inns, and boutique hotels chosen for their quality, character, and location. The luxury accommodations during this cycling holiday include a country house hotel, a 4-star Georgian hotel, and one of the classic forest inns.
Burley Manor has made sure that the rooms live up to the rest of your experience with them. A bold use of color, fabrics, and artwork is teamed with antique furniture for a unique look and feel. Comfort is their priority with top quality beds, sumptuous bedding, power showers, and a few luxury goodies.
Situated in the heart of historic Salisbury, The Chapter House comprises a cozy restaurant, friendly pub, and comfortable letting rooms and lies within easy reach of some of Southern England’s most important landmarks. The perfect base when visiting Wiltshire’s historic sites, The Chapter House is also an ideal stopover en route to the coast or as a home-from-home option when on a business trip.
You will arrive in Burley and check into your hotel in this cozy forest village. At a time to suit you, make your way to The Carter Company base for a few minutes walk away, which is open from 09:00 to 17:30, to pick up your cycling equipment.
Your host will meet you first thing to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route. Then, you will begin your ride by freewheeling downhill from Burley to the River Avon. As you pedal the valley floor, a string of pretty villages unfolds, increasingly peaceful and always characterful. Crossing fords and the occasional wooded hill, there are some great views through this charming rural area, which has a different feel to that of the New Forest. You will slip into the historic Salisbury along a back road and suddenly arrive in the heart of this fascinating town beside the cathedral. Your overnight stay for the next two nights is close by.
Today's ride leaves Salisbury on a traffic-free route and leads to Amesbury, still following the picturesque villages and hamlets that line the banks of the Avon River. Nearby is the stunning World Heritage Site of Stonehenge with all its mysteries and drama. The Carter Company has arranged for a guide to meet you in Amesbury and this ensures you to get the best Stonehenge experience, which does not include cycling there! Back in the saddle, you will return to Salisbury along quiet roads passing one or two ancient historic sites en-route you may wish to view.
This morning is your opportunity to fully explore Salisbury with its rich history around every corner. Enjoy the cathedral and its surrounding extensively close, the Avon and its backwaters, which thread through the city, and discover the beamed interiors of historic buildings. After lunch, retrace some of your routes before riding up into the northern fringes of the New Forest where charm lurks around every bend and wooded enclaves dice with unexpected views. You will stay the night in a delightful forest inn.
Riding in the New Forest all day, you will see the full variety this national park has to offer. There are grand views across heathlands, cozy wooded villages, awesome gravel tracks, wide open roads, trees to inspire, brooks to cross, and wandering animals to engage with. And this sums up the tour - so many different experiences within one inspirational ride. You will return to Burley for a final night.
Return your bikes to The Carter Company base and depart at your leisure.
A tour to explore Stonehenge is included in this package.
This cycling holiday starts and ends in Burley, UK. It will cover Burley, Salisbury, Stonehenge, and New Forest. Burley is a short taxi ride from Brockenhurst station which is 1.5 hours from London by train. It is also close to Bournemouth Airport (BOH).
From London, you can go by train to Brockenhurst station (1.5 hours). Burley is a short taxi ride from Brockenhurst station.