Get on your bike in 2009

***** Offshore Campers are now offering bike hire*****

Autumn is here and there is no better time to get out on your bike. Put the bikes on the back of the camper and head off to a muddy forest of your choice. The bike racks hold up to 4 adult bikes, there is also a secure locking mechanism on the rack so they can be left while you park up. 

If your'e looking to get some cycling in on your camper trip please ask us for some advice as we have researched some of the best places to go - discover the lake district or the new forest by bike. 

A great source of good off road cycling is The Forestry Commission as they are creating off road cycling trails throughout their forests across the UK.

Search the Forestry Commission for a cycle route near you, just type in a town near you.

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There are some great off road cycling routes all over the UK to be enjoyed. In Kent we are lucky as there is plenty to choose from - we love Bedgebury Forest and Bewl Water. 

Bewl Water, the South East’s largest man-made water, has a picturesque 13 mile (4 - 5 hour) round reservoir route which is open to walkers all year round and to cyclists and riders from May to October. There is a great cafe and picnic area with kids playground overlooking the water

Bedgebury now has a 10km family cycle route and 13km of mountain bike trails. This includes a long singletrack cross-country loop combining existing and new paths and a dedicated Freeride area, with and obstacles designed to challenge a rider's ability and technical skills. Trail maps are given to you when you arrive, bike hire is available from Quench Cycles but their bike hire charges are a bit steep if you have a family! There is also a Go Ape tree top trail and an amazing kids adventure playground.

At the end of the trails there is a visitor centre overlooking a lake which is a great spot for a picnic there is also a cafe (serving home made cakes & good coffee) a bike hire and repair hut, plus shower facilities and a bike wash.

For more cycling inspiration see:

The Viking Coast Trail- A 27 mile coastal trail in Kent, it winds it's way past sandy beaches and bays, along cliff tops and seaside resorts.

The Crab & Winkle Way - Links Canterbury and Whitstable, a 7 mile disused railway path.

For more cycle routes across the UK, sustrans is a fantastic website.

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