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New sustainable bike tour company going Dutch

New sustainable bike tour company going Dutch

A NEWLY launched sustainable bike touring company, Beespoke Tours, is offering customers the chance to experience routes from London to Amsterdam, Paris and Bruges

IMG_2027 copyThe first of six planned tours for 2015 will take place on 7 May running from London to Amsterdam, and offering beginners to those more experienced a perfect three-day getaway. Cyclists can expect to travel between 45-65 miles per day, passing rivers, ancient woodlands, farmlands, sand dunes, tulip fields and windmills on their journey. In addition, there will be delicious food and drink at the rest stops, with opportunities to sample CAMRA real ales, Ethiopian food and local cheeses.

P1020108 copyFor those who fancy more of a French twist, the London to Paris will see travellers cycle through historic Normandy and the Bois de Boulogne, as well as passing a transformed railway, lakes, and rolling countryside over four days. Accommodation will be varied and includes a night in a woodland bell tent, another at a converted station house and the final night at a boutique Parisian hotel.

IMG_2169 copyThe four-day Bruges tour will allow travellers to see why Belgium is so much more than chips and Trappist. The journey goes through the beautiful Essex countryside via Maldon, and across the sea to Hoek van Holland before heading south on unique coastal bicycle paths through Holland. Accommodation comes in the form of a super-cool Tipi, with the last day spent cycling through Belgium before arriving at the stunning medieval city of Bruges.

IMG_0987 copyEach of the tours will be led by company co-founders Simon Izod and Clarissa Carlyon. “Beespoke was born out of my quest to align a love for travel and a wish to live and work in a more environmentally sustainable way. Our cycle breaks will provide an authentic, exciting and rewarding experience of travelling,” said co-founder at Beespoke Tours, Simon Izod. ”We want people to gain the sense of achievement and empowerment from our tours, which come from taking an active role in their travel and pleasure. Our routes are planned to be safe, beautiful and sustainable.”

P1020130 copyAll Beespoke trips have been designed with sustainability in mind. Glamping sites and eco hotels have been specifically identified for accommodation, the food provided for breakfast, lunch and snacks are locally sourced, and Kelly Kettles are used to make tea with, which boils water in minutes using twigs to light. A full support vehicle which also transports the luggage will follow each tour for ease and customer confidence. Tour prices range from £650 to £750 and can be booked directly from the company website.

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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