So you’ve decided to go on a cycling holiday. But where are you going to stay each night? If you start looking at B&Bs and hotels, the costs per night soon add up and when you add onto that the cost of eating out every night, you’re looking at what was an inexpensive holiday becoming very expensive. So why not consider camping?
There are a number of advantages to sleeping in a tent. The first one is that it will undoubtedly save you money. The cost of a campsite is much cheaper than a B&B or hotel. If you don’t already have the necessary equipment, you could borrow it or pick it up cheaply at a discount sports store. All you really need are a tent, sleeping bag, small stove and a plate and cup and then a big rucksack or bike panniers to carry it all.
If you have booked B&Bs for your cycling holiday, you are committed to getting to them at the end of the day, no matter what. So even if it is pouring with rain, or the road is hillier than you expected, you have to keep going to reach your booked accommodation. But if you have a tent, you can stop where you like and when you like. If you see a campsite that you fancy but it’s only lunchtime, nothing is stopping you from staying there and making up the distance tomorrow. Camping gives you flexibility that booked accommodation does not.
Camping is fun! Cooking your food on your little stove, having a wander round the campsite chatting to other campsites, unzipping the tent door and gazing at the stars from the warmth of your sleeping bag – all of these are some of the great things you can do while on a campsite and not in a B&B. You will make memories to last a lifetime.
Funding you cycling hobby can be incredibly expensive especially when it comes to buying a new bike. If you are struggling to find the funds needed for your hobby then why not take a finance package out. Finance can help you purchase the bike of your dreams. There are many cheaper bikes available however these may not be the best bike to help you reach your full potential in your hobby.
There are many loan options available to help you finance a new bike. Many bike shops offer finance on the more expensive bikes often for an interest free period. Although with this option a deposit could be needed of 10% for example. There are some bike shops which offer the possibility of purchasing the bike now and paying nothing for 12 months. This would give you the opportunity to save up the money over the year, to pay the balance when the first repayment is due.
A credit card can help you purchase the bike you want by spreading out the repayments. If you have a month in which you are struggling financially then you can pay the minimum payment for that month instead.
If you do not have a credit card a bank or finance provider may be able to provide you with a loan. A bike can be an excellent form of exercise. If you usually pay regular payments to the gym, replacing this with regular payments on a bike can help you get the bike of your dreams. When applying for a loan you will usually need to be at least 18, a resident of the UK and in employment. It is worth checking your credit rating with a credit referencing agency before applying with for a finance package as this can improve your chances of acceptance.
You may find that you struggle to get the finance you need for you bike hobby if you have a bad credit score. It may be worth you applying for you loan at www.easyloanscompany.co.uk/12-month-loans if this is the case.
There are various coast to coast cycle trails within the United Kingdom, all of which are very challenging to even the most experienced cyclist.
Out of all the coast to coast cycle trails, the most well known starts from Whitehaven and finishes at Sunderland. This is definitely one of the most challenging in the United Kingdom. It is roughly 132 miles, taking riders across the north of the Lake District and also through the Pennines. This particular route is often offered as a weekend holiday package and can take up to four days to complete.
Another popular coast to coast cycle route is known as the Hadrian’s Cycleway. Hadrian’s Cycle way, is a 174 mile route, which takes the cyclists alongside Hadrian’s Wall as they travel from Ravenglass to South Shields. This route across the United Kingdom is known to cyclists as going ‘coast to coast the Roman way,’ as its destination is the Arbeia Roman Fort at South Shields. Definitely a different way to view the historic wall.
Another fascinating coast to coast route, which encompasses the breadth of the United Kingdom, is that of the coast to coast Lakes and Dales cycle. It is a route of 160 miles and begins on the west coast of England at Workington. The cycle trail passes over the Cumbrian mountains and then through the Lake District national park before finally finishing at Whitby Bay on the east coast.
A very different but equally as challenging coast to coast trail is that of the Devon coastal route. This journey starts from the idyllic location of Ilfracombe and ends at Plymouth. It is a ride of approximately 102 miles consisting of stunning beaches as well as thrilling views of Dartmoor.
Un-disputably the most famous coast to coast cycle trail is that of Land’s End to John o’ Groats. Cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats is the furthest possible distance to travel in the United Kingdom, covering nearly 1000 miles, making it the most challenging of routes.