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Richard Morris trading as Xplore Britain Cycling operates as a sole trader in the United Kingdom.

About Xplore Britain

In 2007 Richard Morris set up “Xplore Britain Cycling”, operating as a sole trader business in the United Kingdom.  Xplore Britain offers independent self-guided cycling and mountain biking tours and holidays in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.  While we have many suggested itineraries, we specialize in tailoring any of our tours and holidays to suit your requirements, including adjusting the number of days, the mileage cycled, the routes chosen and the accommodation category.  We work as quickly and efficiently as possible to make the booking experience as pleasurable as the holidays themselves. If you want something slightly different than what we show on the website, we CAN offer it. We aim to make your dream holiday a reality.

Meet the Staff

Richard Morris – Owner Operator

Richard has worked in the tourism sector for 15 years including working for Explore Britain Walking tours and working as a ski guide in Europe. Prior to his tourism career he worked for many years in printing. He has lived in County Durham in northern England his entire life (over 6 decades) and has a wide experience of cycling in Great Britain.  Winter months are spent preparing special tours for returning clients, working on new tour ideas and servicing his fleet of hybrid tour bicycles. In his free time, Richard stays active cycling, fishing, walking, skiing and pursuing other outdoor activities and interests.  You can reach Richard at richard@xplorebritain.com

Anne Kennedy – Experience Consultant

In 2016 Anne and her husband Dave did their first of what would be several self-guided cycle tours in the UK.  After meeting Richard and enjoying her first tour with Xplore Britain in May 2018 she reached out with an offer to provide voluntary assistance to Xplore Britain.  Since then she has been assisting with website updates, document reviews, and providing Richard with valuable advice from a cycle tourist point of view. Anne is particularly interested in working with our current and potential clients, particularly those new to self-guided cycle touring.  Anne lives in western Canada and when she isn’t planning her own future cycle trips she enjoys an active retired lifestyle including cycling, walking and playing pickleball. Please feel free to contact Anne at anne@xplorebritain.com

We would like to thank Visit England and Visit Scotland for the use of some of the pictures on our web site. These images have been taken by various photographers Tony Cobley, Diana Jarvis, Roger Clegg, Paul Close, Luke Rodgers, Jim Marks, Iain Lewis, Craig Fast

 

Other Recommendations

Bob Mizen of South Wales is our first choice for those who would like to travel from Bristol or London, directly to our tours in Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons. You will find their website at SOUTH WALES CHAUFFEUR. They can also meet you at the end of the Offa's Dyke Walk tour and take you to London or Bristol.

Our very first cycling tour website was created by JARED SMITH, who worked with us as a student to provide an excellent website using, what was for then, the new concept of a database driven site. He continues to do freelance work, as always making the forefront of technology accesible to all. Thanks Jared!

This website was initially produced by EDWARD ROBERTSON. Set up in 1996, they provide creative web design solutions for national and regional companies, the emphasis being on getting the right response from the correct audience. We have been pleased with their projects for us, which met our objectives and exceeded our expectations, and they speak in plain English.

I am happy to recommend the Guided programme tours offered by Luxury Tours of Ireland by My Ireland Tour. They have taken great pride in creating the finest tours of Ireland for the past 26 years. Using local knowledge and huge collective experience, they craft some of the finest and most affordable Tours Ireland has to offer.

We have used Valley Taxis of Corfe Castle to transfer our luggage along the Dorset Coast Path in the Pubeck Hills. Valley Taxis is a family run business set in the picturesque town of Corfe Castle, which is right in the heart of The Isle Of Purbeck. At present we have available 4, 6 and 8 seater taxis and further taxis will soon be joining the fleet. Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth are local pick-ups for them.

We recommend the use of car sharing if you have regular journeys to and from work, or looking for cycling or cycling buddies. The website Liftshare Solutions encourages: cycling, cycling, and efficient car and taxi use and better use of community and public transport. Liftshare solutions are: Affordable, proven, successful and easy to implement. Liftshare solutions help: Reduce congestion, improve air quality, improve accessibility and improve road safety.

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I work at The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel as General Manager and as such I 
understand customer service and the need for a worry free vacation. 
 
My wife and I decided on a cycling vacation in England. We researched the 
trip we wanted to take (which ended up being the C2C route from Whitehaven to 
Newcastle) After numerous hours researching tour companies we found Xplore 
Britain and Richard Morris online.
 
We chose Xplore Britain over others because the Tours that Richard sets up are totally 
flexible regarding departure times and daily distance and that allowed us to create our 
own cycling vacation with guidance from Richard using his knowledge and 
experience. Although we actually never met Richard until the last day through email 
and phone contact he created a high level of trust. The accommodations he selected 
were excellent, baggage movement from location to location was never an issue In 
addition we chose not to bring our own bikes and relied on Richard to select the 
appropriate bike for the trip again he didn't let us down The vacation as it turned out 
was outstanding The value that Richard gave us made using him and his company 
an easy decision when we started to plan this year cycling vacation. This trip will be 
this June when we cycle the Coast to Castle route.
 
I have planned and executed several cycle trips for myself and for friends (in and 
around Vancouver) and know the details that must go into the planning process, such 
as Transportation, accommodations, luggage transfers, breakdowns etc. At first I had 
though that through my previous knowledge of England and the use of guide books 
etc that I could plan the UK trip on my own. I was very happy with the decision to hire 
Richard as it provided us with a worry and stress free vacation all we had to do was 
cycle and enjoy the scenery.
 
Francis, Victoria BC, Canada.

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Francis
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