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Bernie Curtis

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Where am I going in 2022?

I call my tour London and The River Thames .

I specialise in a half board 7 day fixed centre sightseeing cycling holiday ,called currently London and The river Thames, by bike for a minimum of 6 cyclists and a maximum of approximately 12 (this can be increased slightly as the boats now take up to 14 bikes or I have in the past used two boats. The hotel is situated in Gidea Park in The London Borough of Havering.

Day I :- Arrive at our hotel between 3pm and 7 pm . Stay 6 nights.

Day2:- A ride first of all to see the local area of country lanes, villages, woods and country parks, The London Borough of Havering is one of London's greenest with gently dramatic scenery.

Day 3:- Travel by bike and train to take you and your bike on a river trip to London and its famous sights with a fun ride through East London Parks and side streets back to the hotel.

Day 4 :- A train assisted ride to where the River Thames meets the sea at Southend on sea which has the worlds longest pier at one and one third miles. After sampling the wonderful sea food at the old fashioned town of Leigh on sea we go off-road through Hadleigh Country park on an easy to cycle route. Train home .

Day 5 :- Cycle to the world heritage site at Greenwich taking our bikes on the cable car high above the river Thames with extensive views in all directions.

Day 6 (usually Sun) :- Back up to London with train assistance there and Back for a grand finale of iconic London sights . Too many to mention, you name it we probably ride past it stopping for snippets of information from yours truly.,

Day 7 :- The holiday finishes after breakfast.

NB Daily cycling distances will be up to 35 miles per day and although there will be some hills the terrain is mostly flat and not very demanding. In recent years superb dedicated cycle lanes have been laid out in central London making cycling a joy to behold and not the dangerous place of 10 or so years ago.

My Experience and Style

What to expect

Who am I?
I qualified as a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (Blue Badge Guide) in 1981. I am an active member of The London Cycling Campaign and The Forty-Plus Cycling Club. Although I have organised and led holidays in England and France I now specialises in London sightseeing holidays by bike with train, boat and even cable car assistance
My tour leading style
I lead our group of cyclists at a gentle pace usually assisted by a back marker when necessary . I only cover up to 35 miles per day actual cycling and this seems to suit everyone on rides intended to take the numerous sites that will be seen.
The roads I take
Wherever possible I use quieter back streets , dedicated cycle lanes, and easy to ride off road routes
The places we stay
I normally stay at a 3 star hotel outside of central London where the price of accommodation is not so high . This is why most of my rides are assisted by taking our bikes on trains, boats and not forgetting the cable car. The cost of this is not really significant and can be paid for on the day by tapping in and out with a contactless card. This also makes our rides more of an adventure and keeps mileage down to less than 35 miles per day which makes it suitable for all sorts of riders. Most of my participants usually find that taking bikes on public transport is great fun.
Where do I go?
To see the sights of London and some pretty parts of The London Borough of Havering and Essex where there are distant views of London and The River Thames
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