Customer reviews: Cycling holidays in the UK
Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop and, where necessary, improve our services and ensure our cycling holidays continue to be the best they can be.
Eveyone who travels with Headwater will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assesment of all aspects of their cycling holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their cycling holiday.
Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.
By Mr Allan on 14/08/2017
Excellent area for cycling - mainly off road and local roads - but quite hilly. Good scenery, lovely villages, plenty of interesting tourist opportunities. Good pubs and tea shops.
By Mr Warden on 21/07/2017
90% of the ride is on quiet lanes and bridal paths which made the ride more pleasurable. The first hotel (b&b) wasn't bike friendly as there were a flight of steps then two heavy sprung doors which made it difficult to get in and out. We did have a direction mistake but once we spoke to Roy this was soon resolved , luckily we hadn't gone too far in the wrong direction. Overall we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed getting away to the fabulous Dorset countryside. We will defiantly be back
By Mrs O'Sullivan on 19/07/2017
The Dorset cycle was very interesting and varied, castles and historical sites, places of literary interest, beaches and fishing ports, and beautiful countryside. Routes were very well planned and signposted. Plenty of good restaurants and tearooms (recommended by local Headwater guide). This was our fourth cycling holiday with Headwater (plus 2 walking and 1 canoeing) but first in England and first with e-bikes. Towns of Weymouth, Dorchester, Wareham and Poole all worth visiting. This is a great trip for a short cycling tour - only three days cycling.
By Mr Wotton on 20/06/2017
Great holidays my first cycling one and lots of fun
By Mrs MacDonald on 16/05/2017
Cycling in South Dorset on decent bikes staying in excellent hotels/hostels is a great experience. The countryside is awesome and the cycle routes though challenging enabled us to enjoy it without killing us.
By Mrs McInnes on 15/02/2017
A wonderful exploration of the Dorset countryside.Very friendly locals,good hotels,very good cycles provided by Roy Griffiths from sign post cycling who gave us an extra days use of the cycles at no charge.
By Mr MacDonald on 15/06/2016
Wonderful chance to experience the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness region. Everyting great including the weather!
By Mr Crossland on 10/09/2015
The route and places visited were superb. There were a variety of options for sightseeing and plenty of time to see them properly. We enjoyed the variety of challenges for cycling with some long off road sections, a few steep inclines and practically no riding on busy roads. The written instructions were very helpful. As with other cycling tours we have taken it would have been beneficial if the route was pre-marked on the map provided and perhaps a few more cross references between the map and written instructions. If arriving by car, it is most important to phone Roy the local representative to help you sort the complex parking arrangements in Weymouth Swannery carpark. He is an excellent ambassador for Headwater.
The Dorchester Sienna Restaurant was superb and visiting the Roman house is a MUST. When leaving Dorchester the route follows the Northern bank of the River NOT the right bank as written in the guidance notes. During the Wareham free day, we visited Swanage via the bus and steam railway. We visited the pier and saw a magnificent Tall ship and walked to the headland for good views of the Isle of Wight. We continued to walk on the Victorian coastal path to the excellent Durlston Castle for lunch and fantastic panoramic views. The Harbour Heights at Poole was the quality of Hotel we were expecting and provided superb views across Poole harbour. We returned to Swanage bus station by the half hourly bus service. Michelle from the Weymouth B&B found the cheapest (Fleetline) taxi return from Poole. This is a highly recommended way to return to Weymouth with suitcases.
By Mr Gray on 10/09/2015
This was an interesting route in the Highlands, with plenty to see and experience. Weather was a problem on one day in particular, but you can't help that - it's been a bad summer in UK. Route needs a bit more work to sort out route instructions and generally settle down. Mileage each day conservative, but no harm in that as it allows for problems arising and time to experience features along the way
By Mr Bailey on 01/09/2015
We went to Dorset in the wettest week of the year, so only managed half a days cycling. The local rep could not have been more helpful, driving us along the routes we were supposed to be cycling and pointing out the sights to see.
Disappointed that in spite of phoning Headwater with our time of arrival, this was not communicated to the rep so we had to walk to our hotel.
I am not sure this particular Headwater holiday is great value for money, as travel and dinner are not included, but I might be less critical had we had some decent weather.
By Ms Skinner on 10/08/2015
We were a group of three; two elderly parents and a sixteen year old son. We all thoroughly enjoyed the routes taken, places stayed and food eaten. It is a tricky task to ensure the enjoyment of three people with diverse interests, (my husband is an architect and loves old buildings!) so , I am very pleased that this holiday was such a success.
Special mention of Roy who spent time and care ensuring that all was in order... And warned us about the steep climb up to Hardy's monument!
I would recommend this holiday to anyone. The Dorset countryside is unbeatable, stunning and truly beautiful.
By Mrs Ryan on 07/08/2015
Organisation and accommodation was first class, however weather was just bearable (both cold and Rainey), making it a tough cycle holiday.
Also cycle notes for first day need rechecking as there are two obvious errors.
By Mr Wignall on 31/07/2015
Jurassic Coast cycling offered a superb variety of classic British countryside, thatched cottages, country lanes, ruined castles, sandy beaches and of course village greens with pubs. A few short hills provided brilliant views over Poole bay and the sea beyond and the route was a good mixture of quiet lanes, gravel tracks and minor roads. We mentioned a small tweek to the route notes around Corfe Castle to the rep you may suggest this amendment in the future.
Unfortunately it rained for 4 days out of the 5 but thats the British summer for you !!
How can we submit photos if we don't do Facebook?
By Ms Singleton on 00/00/0000
We loved our 4 day cycling holiday in Dorset. The B&Bs were excellent. The Kings Arms a little dated and the staff a little bored The Red Lion and Harbour Heights were perfect as were the staff. We definately want to do this again. Roy was so informative. The whole experieince was great. Thank you so much
Del and Jackie