This June, we are on a mission to explore Lichfield and surrounding areas on two wheels by creating our own cycling adventure with the ‘Slow holidays’ company, InnTravel. Did you know that InnTravel have been offering cycling holidays in Europe since the late 1980s, and their range is wide and varied, with something for all ‘amateurs’?
Even very occasional cyclists like myself, can enjoy an Inntravel cycling holiday where they arrange the hire of a high-quality bike and you cycle self-guided from one welcoming hotel of character to the next, following detailed maps and route notes while luggage is transported ahead. As these bike holidays are for individuals, not groups, you can take your pick of the routes suggested each day and cycle at entirely your own pace. They are carefully planned to make sure that they are interesting and enjoyable, with quiet roads and country lanes wherever possible. Every cycle holiday is tried and tested, ensuring relaxation and the chance to take in the idyllic scenery and best views on two wheels.
So InnTravel has challenged us to create our own cycling adventure in our home town Lichfield and to tell you what we have discovered!
Starting off from Stowe Pool in the centre of Lichfield, we head north out of the urban areas, until we find Netherstowe Lane. This is a country lane which takes us past Curborough Sprint Course and Midland Karting. Heading further north on Gorse Lane now, we come to Fradley Junction, we can stop off for refreshments from Fradley Canalside Café and have a walk around the reservoir.
Back on our bikes now, we head north again until we get to Alrewas Road where we turn right and cycle past Alrewas village and towards the National Memorial Arboretum. Here, we stop off for a walk through the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum to pay homage to all the service men and women.
Back on the bikes again and now we head south through the country lanes through Streethay and returning back to Stowe Pool.
This adventure should be less than 14 miles of cycling. The two sightseeing stop-offs will of course add to the total distance travelled, and it can easily take the best part of a day, depending on your walking speed and of course your cycling speed. However, on a nice day, there’s nothing like getting out on your bike and going on an adventure!
This type of cycling holiday, with sightseeing or food stop-offs, is always our preferred way to get out and about on our bikes. The breaks allow you to rest and recharge and seeing beautiful sights is food for the soul.
If you are looking for cycling adventure holiday, take a look at the InnTravel website where you can find a tailored holiday for you. Let me know how you get on!
Disclosure: In collaboration with InnTravel, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own.