Welcome to Bicycle Beano Cycling Holidays
Home-made cakes, oodles of organic vegetarian food, relaxed friendly groups, and comfy accommodation – what more could you ask for on a cycling holiday.
...loads of jolly good vegetarian organic food...with the highly recommended Bicycle Beano – The Guardian
Each day we do a moderately-paced 35 to 40-mile main route, returning to the same venue every evening. Short cuts and longer detours are available on most days, so you can choose how far you ride – anything from 30 to 60 miles depending on how you feel.
Specially designed maps allow you to cycle at your own pace, either with a group or on your own if you prefer. We all meet up at lunchtime hostelries and afternoon tea stops; and perhaps to explore a historic site or to admire a view. Also we (and one or two helpers) join in the cycling, and are available with help and advice.
We had that very rare holiday - absolutely and entirely free of hassles – VegNews magazine
We choose our venues carefully to provide a comfortable and relaxing base for your holiday. We have exclusive use of them during the beanos. All the venues have their own organic vegetable gardens. In 2013 we'll be staying in a Georgian Mansion in Shropshire and a Victorian country retreat in Herefordshire.
Ace cooks provide delicious vegetarian breakfast and evening meals, using home-grown organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible. You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a beano, lots of non-veggies keep coming back because they like our food. We don't ostracise meat-eaters – meat and veggie meals are available at the lunch stops en-route.
You guys make the experience so special – I leave feeling that despite what's happening everywhere else in the world I have been able to share something that restores my faith in life, in being human... – Sheila Johnson
We started running cycling holidays in 1982 as a 'gentle campaign' to encourage more people to cycle and be aware of their environment. We believe that you don't have to travel vast distances to cycle in extraordinary places. Living near the Welsh border in Mid Wales for the last 30 years means we know the area inside out and can take you on some inspirational bike rides. 2013 is our 32nd season.