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Designed with the thoughtful traveller in mind, our creative routes aim to show you the hidden gems of your destination, not just the highlights. Pedal, walk or drive through countryside and cities as you get to know the local landscape, culture, history and cuisine, and at the end of the day unwind in our favourite boutique hotels.

With over 25 years of experience, our speciality is our insider knowledge - from a secret traffic-free bike route in the Cotswolds which leads to a tiny church with rare medieval wall paintings, to remote tracks in the Outer Hebrides which roll down onto wild sandy beaches where there isn’t a soul in sight. We offer a range of gentle and ‘not-so-gentle’ trips, both self-guided and guided, as well as a tailor-made service. Our touring itineraries, self drive or chauffeur driven, are all tailor-made too. We look forward to sharing them with you!

Good to know

  • Book with confidence: flexible rebookings
  • Luxury & boutique standard accommodation
  • Gentle and easy-going routes

Key information

Destinations Destinations Europe, The United Kingdom, England, Peak District
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour

The Carter Company Reviews

What people are saying about The Carter Company

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Thomas Nordyke
05/02/2020

We, a group of four, rode ebikes from Oxford to Bath over 8 days late summer. The Carter Company did a fantastic job of arranging our trip - procuring the bikes of our choice, arranging accommodations in fun pubs and B&B’s, setting us up with accurate GPS navigation and taking care of our baggage as we rolled across the old England countryside. All we needed to carry each day was a small backpack. The route took us on bikeways, smooth trails, canal paths, and small country roads from village to village. Almost no cars. Unforgettable! And at the end of each day we enjoyed good company over a pint or two, of course. Exercise, good friends, beautiful sights. What more can you ask for?!

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Amy Smith
11/03/2020

Recently cycled the Lochs and Glens Tour with the Carter Company and it was fab. The route was great, perfect distances – with so much stunning scenery. Having the route on GPS on the phone made it completely stress free. They were able to give us E-bikes too which was great! So many highlights but cycling over the Glen Ogle viaduct and seeing and osprey at Lake Menteith were up there. Everyone was so helpful and the organisation was flawless - gonna book again next year :)

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shannon faulkner
17/07/2018

We recently did "The Valley of the Cotswolds" self guided tour. It was fabulous. Rob, our liaison, was friendly and knowledgeable. The bikes were super, just the right balance to plow through a newly hayed field, or go on the roads. They were comfortable, too. The route was lovely and the instructions were fairly easy to follow. We particularly enjoyed the accommodations. They all had character, yet were comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed doing the trip on our own, but knowing we had back up for any problems (which we fortunately didn't encounter) We would certainly consider doing another trip with the Carter Company and would recommend them. Shannon and Bob, Victoria, Canada

The Carter Company tours

Ceredigion Coast Path

Cardigan Bay self-guided walking holiday

4 days From £880 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Cardigan Bay
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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A Celtic Caper

Luxury self-guided walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast

7 days From £1,825 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Pembrokeshire
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Enid Blyton's Dorset

Luxury, easy-going self-guided walking holiday

4 days From £1,015 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Dorset
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Kent's Coast and Castles

Luxury & easy-going, self-guided walking holiday

7 days From £1,140 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Kent
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Chilterns Chalk & Cheese

Easy-going self-guided walking holiday

6 days From £995 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Chiltern Hills
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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The Suffolk Coast

Easy-going self-guided walking holiday

8 days From £1,140 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Suffolk
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Quintessential Lake District

Luxury, easy-going walking holiday

7 days From £1,455 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Lake District
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Hadrian's Wall Walk

Luxury, easy-going walking holiday

8 days From £2,490 Customisable
Destinations Destinations Hadrian's Wall
Activity Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, History
Tour Type Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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What's included

All trips with The Carter Company include the following services. Get in touch to find out more.

Included Accommodation

On our Luxury trips we use AA/RAC awarded 4 and 5 star (the occasional 3 star) hotels, manor houses, old inns and boutique hotels chosen for their quality, character and location. Links to all these hotels appear on each luxury itinerary. On our Classic trips, we have carefully chosen small hotels and inns and a few private homes picked for their quality, character and location

Included Breakfast

In the UK all breakfasts are cooked. In Europe, breakfasts are continental

Included Ground transfers

Secure door-to-door luggage transfers

Included Bike rental

Hybrid bikes and additional accessories

Included Support

24/7 emergency support

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