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Kids touring next summer.

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Crackle, 25 Oct 2007.

  1. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Whilst idly watching the approaching winter my thoughts turned to the summer hols. 'This year,' I thought, 'I'm going to plan it in advance, something different we can all look forward to.'

    So, having thought on it before but having always put it off due to age etc.. I think this summer coming, not only would the kids be old enough to do it but they'd enjoy it too.

    So I was wondering if anyone has any ideas or done something like that themselves. My kids will be 10.5 and nearly nine by next summer, they both enjoy camping and the youngest in particular is a good cyclist.

    My initial thoughts were, on the continent, warm but not hot, with interesting non-cycling diversions and 20-30 mile days. Also I hadn't discounted using a company who supplies bikes and tents and stuff, otherwise I shall have to purchase some new kit for everyone.

    These people sort have the right kind of setup, even have kiddi tandems:-

    http://www.bretonbikes.com/

    anyone tried them?
     
  2. tomb1960

    tomb1960 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    No but they look great!
     
  3. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    If you really live where you say on your avatar, I think you would find Brittanny fairly uninteresting. I found also that tourist facilities in northern France do not open up until well after mid summer, a bit late if you are running on Scottish school holiday times.
    You might consider the LF1 route, it runs from Den Helder to Boulogne, but I preferred the part between Den Helder and the Belgian border. Plenty of camp sites, sandy beaches, good cycle facilities, friendly natives, passing through lots of interesting communities. Or from Den Helder you might enjoy a trip over to Texel, an island with plenty of camp sites.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    I shall have a look at that. Islands, ferries and cycling are an attractive mix.

    Yes I know what you mean about Northern France but I've cycled around Brittany in the past so I know it well enough to know it would work. Plus the big advantage of that idea and Scottish holidays is I could get to the start of the Tour next year. They'd love that, catching all the goodies from the publicity caravan.
     
  5. Tim Bennet

    Tim Bennet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    One of the things to research carefully is the cost of crossing the Channel. There is now a huge difference betwen the short sea routes across the Straits of Dover and the western end crossings to Brittany.

    A year or so ago, it would have been much cheaper for two of us to take the van across Dover - Boulogne with Speedferries and then drive all the way to Brittany, than it was buying two foot tickets plus two bikes from Plymouth - Roscoff.

    As another alternative, the coast south of Bologne is not without interest and again has plenty of cycle ways. There is the odd castle, steam trains, campsites, beaches but no Tour.
     
  6. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    'Brittanny fairly uninteresting? Naahhh...

    A different culture - they see themselves as Celts rather than French
    Different language
    Menhirs and the like
    Galettes....mmmmmm....
    Great cathedrals

    Must visit soonish.....
     
  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I will start a new thread on "France" some day.xx(
     
  8. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Just as a warning. We tried to book ourselves and our 2 children (7 & 5) onto Brittany Ferries, for a long weekend in Brittany cycling. Do it in person, the website is bonkers!! You can put only 1 passenger per bicycle, but when you try and put in an under 16 it tells you they must travel with an adult, so you put them under your booking, and it tells you there are too many people for the bike, make individual bookings!!!!! If I had any hair I would have torn it all out:biggrin:

    We wound up going around the Isle of Wight, having parked the car in Lymington. It was great, 15 miles a day, lots of cake and a Youth Hostel full of cyclists. Our sons chest swelled with pride anytime one of them complimented him on his Decathlon Racing bike:thumbsup: Cyclists are great people:biggrin:
     
  9. friedel

    friedel New Member

    Location:
    On our bikes!
    It's well known, but the Danube Cycle Path might be a good option. There are heaps of hire companies to choose from based on the number of kitted out bikes we passed and we saw lots of families doing the trip. Plenty of nice stops, on the river, you can swim in many places, always flat, no traffic. And lots of options for hopping on the train if it rains. For a first cycle trip it would be a really easy start.