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KIT LIST: WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR CYCLING HOLIDAY

Like any outdoor sport the key to enjoying your cycling holiday is the right clothes.  We carry your luggage and deliver it to your accommodation each night so you always have a change of clothes for enjoying the local inns & restaurants.

 

During the cycling day, layers are always best, so you can adjust according to the weather and the amount of heat you generate. Brightly coloured or Hi–viz tops are always a good idea. Leggings, tracksuits or shorts are more comfortable to cycle in than jeans.  For shoes, you need something with a stiffish sole (e.g.. trainers).

We recommend you bring:

  • Sunscreen

  • Waterproof clothing - a lightweight waterproof jacket is an essential

  • Energy snacks

  • Sunglasses

  • Small first aid kit 

  • Mobile phone

  • Water bottle

  • Camera.

 

Specialist cycling clothing is not essential

....but it is of course designed to make you comfortable when cycling.  If this is your first time and you want inexpensive kit, keep an eye out for the cycling promotions in Aldi and Lidl - good quality equipment at budget prices.

Our clients top items of specialist kit are:

  • Padded shorts!  everyone recommends these, however our saddles are chosen for comfort, so the choice is yours.

  • Bike shoes: Always give you extra pedalling power.  If you have cleated shoes remember to bring your pedals and we will fit them to your bike.

  • Bike helmet: Your own helmet is always the most comfortable so bring it with you, if you have space.

 

We provide:

  • Bikes

  • Panniers - handlebar bag and a pannier on a rack at the back

  • Basic tool kit - pump, lock, puncture repair kit etc

  • Detailed route guides and maps

  • Cycle helmets if required

 
 

ARRIVAL TIMES AND HOLIDAY TIMINGS

To make everything run smoothly, we operate the following schedule.  

 

  • Arrival Time to start your holiday  by 11am. (We open at 9.30am).  

  • Kitting out and briefing - usually takes about half an hour

  • Accommodation and Luggage Deliveries - your room  and luggage will be ready for you at 4pm each afternoon

  • Luggage in the mornings, please take your luggage down to the reception by 10 am (it will be collected at 10.30am)

  • On your last day please make sure you get back to Petchfield Farm by 5pm.  If you need to make an early departure, let us know and we will make sure the luggage is ready for you.

 All these details are in your personalised itinerary   If you are delayed on your journey, or you need to alter any of these timings before you come on your holiday, just let us know and we will sort it out for you.

LUGGAGE 

When you arrive at our base, we label up your luggage with delivery details for your holiday itinerary. Luggage has to be lifted in and out of cars and up and down steps. If you find it difficult to lift your bags, so will we!

Here are some top tips for your luggage

  • Not too heavy - try not to exceed 10kg per bag

  • Bags per person -  2 bags per person

  • Closed securely - please zip up, no open bags

  • Breakables - if you want us to transfer them, please wrap securely in strong closed bag

  • Unneeded luggage?  We are happy to store it whilst you're away.

 

LOCAL INFORMATION

Food 

Is of course, really important to a great cycling holiday.  Lack of food can cause a sense of humour failure (and wobbly legs)... so here are some key points to remember

  • The routes are designed so that there is somewhere to eat or drink approx 5-9 miles after you start from Petchfield Farm

  • When you are cycling, make sure that you keep your energy levels up. It’s always best to stop at the first teashop/inn, rather than holding out for the next one along.  The route notes point out the pubs/teashops enroute.

  • Carry a picnic or a few snacks in your pannier– just in case you arrive at the pub/teashop at the wrong time.  

  • All overnight accommodation is located within a short stroll of one or more restaurants or inns.     

Banks and money

There are very few banks in this area, so plan ahead.  Larger businesses such as inns and restaurants do take credit cards,and/or contactless payments.   But many smaller businesses (e.g. tearooms) do not, so you will need some cash.  You will find banks in all the larger market towns, Post Offices also act as banks and some small supermarkets have cash machines or do cash back.  Ask your host for the nearest cash point.  American Express and Diners cards are not commonly accepted for credit card payments.

 

Mobile phones and Wifi

This is a very rural area, and its a great opportunity to get away from city life, and the demands of modern technology.   But if you need to keep in touch, here's a quick guide of what to expect.

Phones - Coverage in this area can be patchy, for all networks.  Usually you can get phone reception by just moving further along your route.  But if you want friends and relatives to have an emergency contact number, please let them have our phone number and we can forward messages to your accommodation.  

Wifi -  All accommodations now have Wifi, ask your host for the password.  However Broadband strength in the area  is not strong (so streaming films and games is limited), and in some more rambling historic houses, you might find there is only one place in the house with Wifi.