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What has been happening?

The end of a very good cycling season was helped by the driest weather I have ever known here in the UK, hopefully this will continue. 

  • It's not too early to start thinking about touring in 2019, bookings have already been coming in.
  • I'm happy to report that changes are happening at XploreBritain including several updates to the website.

  Seasonal Greetings from Richard (company owner).

Dear Richard,
I’ve been remiss in formally thanking you for one of the most wonderful holidays my family has ever experienced. I managed to post good reviews of all the places we stayed during our 7 day cycling trip this past May-June (2018) in the Borderlands, but failed to thank the very person responsible for FINDING those places and setting up the whole trip!! 
From day one we had the very best experience thanks to your efforts. The details of the itinerary and the maps you provided us were very helpful, and made for a nearly seamless journey through some of the most lovely country I’ve ever seen. Our bikes performed perfectly, and as I already mentioned, the B&B accommodations you secured for us were terrific. Every connection was made; our luggage securely transferred; our appetites sated by the lovely hosts along our way.
I would heartily recommend XploreBritain to anyone interested in carefully planned, expertly tailored cycling journeys in your part of the world. Thanks so very much!!
Lora, Michael and Lily.

May 2018: We would like to let you know how fantastic and thoroughly satisfied we were with this trip.  The routes were fantastic, the accommodations were varied and suitable to our desires, the weather was AMAZING (which of course impacted the entire trip in a positive way), the bikes were perfect for the conditions, and your attention to detail and genuine care for our well being was outstanding.  It was a great balance of good daily distances together with timely 2 night stays. You made us feel very important and valued customers/friends.  

Anne and David Kennedy (Canada)

Again, we can't thank you enough for such a memorable and amazing trip! Your service and attention to details were outstanding. The routing was well paced and your lodging choices were spot-on! And, as far as timing was concerned, I initiated the request to you to pick the best time to tour, and it was your advise to select from the 2nd week of May to the 2nd week of June. Thanks! Again, spot-on! Mindy and Dave Ferrell Montana USA. 

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These are comments from recent clients.

Hi Richard, I just want to thank you for lending me a bike for the Ride the Night Charity Bike Ride. Your bike is brilliant! It is so comfortable, I couldn't believe it. Not only did it mean I completed the full 100kms, I actually enjoyed it! Here's a photo of me and my daughter completing the ride. Thank you so much for supporting this great cause. Our team raised nearly £2500!

Rachel Bedingfield


Richard we were in Pitlochry overnight after two nights in Fort Augustus. If you had not recommend these places, we would not have had such a delightful and interesting experience during our final days in Scotland.

Thank you for all your help and suggestions. They were all greatly appreciated and made for a great trip to Great Britain.

Sent from my iPhone

Nathaniel And Dave 



Dear Richard

Just thought I should write and thank you for the lovely holiday we had 
cycling coast to coast. It was an experience that both Kay and I really 
enjoyed, we found it an excellent break and a super way to visit the 
countryside we passed through. We were both delighted with the interesting 
places you found for us to stay and they were all lovely. We will be 
recommending your services to our friends as it really made life easy for us 
and all the more enjoyable. Please make sure you keep booking the same weather 
that we had it was fine all week and made the whole trip that much easier.
Once again thank you and please pass on our thanks to the accommodations that 
you used for our visit. I should also mention that the company did a 
great job with the luggage transfers.

Steve and Kay, Nottingham, UK.

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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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