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UK’s best cycle routes to enjoy on a short break

UK’s best cycle routes to enjoy on a short break

In celebration of National Bike Week from June 15 - 23, we’ve put together a list of the UK’s top cycling routes to enjoy on a short break. If you don’t have the time or the endurance for epic cycle rides like Land’s End to John O’Groats or the Sea to Sea Cycle Route, then don’t worry, you can complete all of these in just a few hours.

Explore lovely vineyards in the Loire Valley

What to do on a weekend in the Loire Valley

If you're considering spending a short break in France, the Loire Valley is one area you definitely ought to think about heading to. With this stunning central region containing a vast array of landmarks and activities, you're certain to find it offers something amazing for you.

Get cycling with all the family in Kent

Kent: the perfect place for a family bike ride

If you would like to get away from it all for a weekend or perhaps you need some inspiration for the school holidays, a bike ride through the beautiful Kent countryside will keep every member of your family happy. So, where are the best places to explore?

Get more use from your snowboard jacket

Get more use from your snowboard jacket

Your snowboarding jacket might be the first thing you reach for when packing for a winter sports holiday - but you can get plenty of use out of it on any outdoor break. If you're preparing to go for a short weekend away this summer, don't forget this garment.

Enjoy active pursuits on a break in Mallorca

Mallorca: the perfect place for an active villa holiday

If you're hoping to enjoy a short break that allows you to combine staying in high-quality accommodation with fantastic sports, it is worth considering booking Mallorca villas. With the island receiving some 300 days of sunshine each year, you'll find taking part in any of the following pursuits should give you the chance to develop a glowing tan as well.

outdoor delights in Reykjavik

Most outdoorsy European cities

Sometimes when you’re on a city break you feel like you just want to get away from it all, take a break from the hustle and bustle and get to the outdoors. City breaks don’t all have to be about museums, shopping, eating and nightlife, they can be about nature and the open-air too, so here’s our list of the most outdoorsy European cities.

An all new meaning of B&B

An all new meaning of B&B

There’s a new trend emerging when it comes to B&B’s that’s bed and bicycle, not the traditional bed & breakfast. i-escape.com have found the new trend with more and more hotels, guesthouses and holiday homes offering guests the use of free bikes.

The National Forest offers a great day out

Feature: Family activities in the National Forest

The National Forest - a sweeping expanse of 200 square metered woodland that spans the English midlands is an area of soon-to-be area natural beauty. As well as a shining example of biodiversity, it's a great place for an activity break.

The Henley Regatta is a summer highlight

Treat Dad to a Father's Day to remember

Dads are often dismissed as being too difficult to buy for on special occasions. But why not put a smile on dad’s face this June with a Father’s Day treat to remember, such as a trip to his favourite sporting event or an activity-packed break aboard.

See more of Ireland this summer - on a bike

See more of Ireland this summer

Dromoland Castle is the ideal base for those holidaymakers looking to explore Ireland this summer. The luxury hotel offers plenty to do for the whole family including golf, swimming, archery, falconry and horse riding, as well as a spa and cycling.

A tour guide will plan your cycling route

Get on your bike for a group cycling holiday

Get active and be sociable with a group cycling holiday this summer. A number of exciting routes on the continent are available via ActivityBreaks.com, who have based their main activity centre in the Lower Alps on the Giro D'Italia tour route.

Cambridge Bike Tours launches cycling trips

Cambridge Bike Tours launches cycling trips

Cambridge is home to home to a world-famous university but also it is a great city to cycle around, offering miles of well kept cycle tracks taking you from the city to country and somewhere in between.

The Peak District affords stunning views

Pedal power around the Peak District, sketching as you go

Explore the Peak Distract this spring by pedal power as the next guided tour on the Monsal Trail is to take place on Sunday 27 March. The Tour de Sketch ride is organised by the National Park Authority's Pedal Peak District project and will allow cyclists and sketchers to explore an area of natural beauty.

You can take your dog on a five-star German break

Black Forest breaks for dog lovers

There aren't many five-star hotels that welcome dogs, but Brenner's Park Hotel & Spa in Baden Baden is unlike most five-star hotels. As well as being canine-friendly, this luxury German resort boasts two Michelin stars for its cuisine.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?