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Cycling Holidays in the UK

Fantastic Ideas for Cycling Holidays in the UK

This guest post is by Shannen Doherty of http://www.iexplore.co.uk/activities/cycling.

While the French can perhaps be justified in their claim as being the leaders in cycling holidays, others are now not so far behind. This includes the UK and discovering London on a cycling holiday is surely one of the finest ways to spend part of your summer. Here is how to make the best of it.

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The Beauty of the Bicycle

There is perhaps no better way of experiencing a new destination than on a bicycle. Indeed, for family holidays in the UK, arranging a cycling tour of the country’s capital city is sure to go down well with everyone. Cycling at a pace that suits you and the rest of the family, stopping for a chat with the friendly locals or visiting the local sights has never been easier. In fact, simply watching the world drift slowly past is a pleasure in itself.

Cycling in London

The good news is that recent improvements mean that riding through London is now better, safer and infinitely more enjoyable than ever before. In particular, the addition of numerous new cycle lanes and special cycle routes makes cycling in London considerably more pleasant than you would imagine. Furthermore, the recent introduction of the cycle hire scheme means you could always choose to pick up your bikes when you are there.

Nonetheless, cycling in London, much like any other major city, is not without its dangers. With this in mind, some safety measures should be adopted. For example, wearing a safety helmet is essential while wearing some kind of reflective clothing, such as a high-viz vest, is highly recommended. You must certainly always make sure your lights are all in good working order before setting off.

One point to bear in mind should you or the family not be ready for great distances is that much of London’s transport will allow you to take your bike on board. However, more often than not, this allowance is restricted to folding cycles. These can be taken on virtually every form of public transport including overground and underground trains, the tramlink and even some buses (this often depends on the driver).

Meanwhile, non-folding bikes can be taken on the majority of overground trains, while non-folding bikes are allowed on certain underground lines outside peak hours, such as the Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Metropolitan lines. The best thing to do, however, is to check in advance when planning your route.

Cycle Route Options

One of the best ways to take in London on a bicycle is to restrict yourself to the banks of the River Thames. Much of the river is lined by long stretches of traffic-free routes. Indeed, the Thames Path National Trail that runs from the source of the River (in the Cotswolds) to the Greenwich Thames barrier is one of the nineteen official UK national trails.

The official Thames Cultural Cycling Tour, which stretches for some 27 kilometres, is another fantastic option. This route is specifically designed to include much of London’s maritime history and begins at the famous South Bank then winds through Rotherhithe towards Greenwich. From here, the route then continues beneath the Thames to Canary Wharf and onto Wapping, before winding back over Tower Bridge to the South Bank.

Further options include the Lee Valley route, which lies to the North-east of London’s centre and strectches for some 26 miles. In addition, the route that takes in the south-westerly region of Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Wandsworth and is known as the Wandle Trail has always proven a popular favorite.

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Cornwall Holidays

Cornwall Holidays: 5 Reasons To Visit The Eden Project

This is a guest post by Ella Green of www.holiday-rentals.co.uk.

Beautiful stretches of white sandy beach, extensive woodland and its reputation as a premier surfing and family holiday destination see many people visit the county of Cornwall each year. Aside from popular attractions such as theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, castles and museums, The Eden Project – a multiple greenhouse complex – also welcomes many visitors and for many fantastic reasons.

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My own family and I visited The Eden Project during summer last year and these are my five top reasons as to why it is a must-see attraction for those travelling to Cornwall:

The Rainforest Biome

The majority of people from the UK will never get to see the actual rainforests of the world but with Cornwall and The Eden Project on their doorstep there is no excuse not to witness rubber trees, soya plantations, mangrove swamps, exotic tropical flowers and even more in person! My nine year old was very interested to see the plants from which chocolate products, Coca-Cola, and chewing gum are made whilst I was amazed to see bananas growing at the top of several trees.

The Rainforest Lookout

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As if the Rainforest Biome didn’t offer visitors enough stimulation already, it also comprises a treetop lookout which takes guests high above the treetops for a birds-eye-view of the entire biome. Every ten seconds, a section of rainforest that is the same size of that which can be seen from this lookout is destroyed; a devastating context! It should be noted that on very hot days, guests are not allowed to use the lookout for the temperature to the roof of the biome becomes too high.

The Core Education Centre

This facility proves that learning does not have to be boring for it contains many interactive displays that both kids and adults will enjoy. When you have become bored of looking inside things, pushing buttons and pulling handles, you can explore the rear Spiral Garden, buy a snack from the terrace that overlooks the other biomes and/or let your children take advantage of the centre’s secret slide! On some occasions, the venue will even host live music events in the evening – be sure to check what’s going on at the time of your family’s visit.

The Bombus Bee Sculpture

This sculpture was built buy an artist named Robert Bradford as a reminder of how important bees and the process of pollination is for ensuring humans have food to eat. My youngest – who was just four years old at the time of our visit – was convinced that this bee was real. Once my partner and I had convinced him otherwise, he agreed that the bee was “awesome” and that it looked incredible hovering on the hillside with the plantation biomes behind.

Dining Delights

Most family days out involve taking the little ones to a fast food restaurant for convenience but you will find no such junk food within the confines of The Eden Project! A wide selection of dietary requirements are catered for across the site (useful considering my husband’s intolerance to wheat) and even better, the majority of food sold within The Eden Project is fair trade and sourced locally.  The Eden Project Cafe in St Austell meanwhile brings a little piece of the garden to the town centre.

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