With the sultry heat of summer dipping away and the trails empting as the holiday crowds return home, autumn is the perfect time for cycle touring. Trike hire offers a carefree solution to exploring exotic destinations. Here’s a pick of five to get you started on an autumnal adventure.
Le Barjonaute, Camargue, France
Eagles, hawks and harriers soar in the blue skies, while black bulls and white horses graze in the pastures. The Camargue is a flat landscape full of marshes, fields and lakes with roads and lanes often forbidden to motor vehicles. It is home to an astonishing range of wildlife, and trikes make for the perfect way to observe the nature first-hand. At Le Barjonaute you can hire an ICE trike and set off alone, or be accompanied by owner Jean-Jaques Courree for a tail-made tour.
Laid-Back Bikes, Edinburgh, Scotland
From the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town to the beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. Compact yet diverse, Edinburgh is steeped in history and rich architectural heritage, and what better way to explore than by trike? Discover beautiful Georgian avenues, cycle in the shadow of the prodigious Edinburgh castle or escape into the dramatic Lothian countryside. David from Laid Back Bikes will plan a tour for you and up to 4 friends to enjoy the splendour of Edinburgh at your leisure.
Future Cycles, Forest Row, England
Nestled near Ashdown Forest, Future Cycles is ideally placed for exploring the stomping-grounds of Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. Meandering through the Medway Valley, the traffic-free Forest Way leads you through wooded, rolling hills dotted with small fields and farms. Trikes can be rented by the day, and if you are a long way from home, Ian at Future Cycles can arrange accommodation on your behalf.
Atmosphère Péi, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
A speck in the vast Indian Ocean, the French Reunion Island is a paradise of lush forest, golden beaches and cascading waterfalls dominated by the rumblings of Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The exotic location, welcoming locals and excellent facilities makes Reunion Island is a sanctuary for independent travellers seeking unique destinations. Atmosphère Péi offer a range of rental options, from half-day jaunts to 10 day expeditions.
Ligfietswinkel Amsterdam, Holland
Quirky and creative, elegant and modern, with a rich heritage and eventful past, Amsterdam is a delight to visit at any time of year. Whether travelling along the canals of central Amsterdam or meandering through the countryside and suburbs on the ‘Fietspad’ – purpose-made cycle paths – cycling in Holland is a leisurely affair and ideal for the first-time tour. Trikes can be hired from Ligfietswinkel Amsterdam by the day, or join in on the weekly ride through the quiet countryside past the beautiful waterways.