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Explore Belgravia

You know where Belgravia is, right?  Sure, eastern Europe, south of Romania, right?  Um…nope, it’s a district in West London where that Downton Abbey guy has set his new novel.

Nigel Cox [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Nigel Cox [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
As “one of the wealthiest districts in the world”, you might think that bike tours just aren’t done in Belgravia.  However, if you happen to find yourself staying at the luxe Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, you are invited to borrow a Belgravia bike (note that there are only FOUR of these “bespoke” bikes) and take the Belgravia & Beyond by Bicycle self-guided tour.

Presumably, this ride is only for hotel guests, but Luxury London got an insider’s preview:

I head off into the heart of Belgravia and with one eye on the cars around me, I glance up at the houses majestically lining the edge of Belgrave Square. Seeing it from afar, and not behind tinted windows of a car, I can appreciate its unparalleled beauty. From Wilton Terrace to Grosvenor Crescent, the tour takes you to the best of Belgravia and then beyond.

It all seems quite civilized, upper crust and a jolly good ride.  Here’s the good news for us commoners, the Jumeirah has kindly linked the route map.  So, grab a bike (there’s bike share all over London) and ride like a king.

Pip pip and cheerio, then.

Manchester Themed Tours

Bike Tours Manchester has a series of “Themed Tours” available this season.   Tomorrow’s ride is the Suffragette Ride and Tea Party:

The bicycle has long been associated with Manchester’s suffragettes and is a powerful symbol of women’s liberation. As the city gears up for International Women’s Day, we are holding a Suffragette Ride from Chorlton via the Pankhurst Centre and Alexandra Park to celebrate the bicycle’s role in women’s history and highlight today’s gender imbalance in cycling, largely due to fears around road safety. Sign up now for a limited number of places on a led ride (Edwardian costume and suffragette banners encouraged) or cycle the route yourself and meet us at Alexandra Park for tea and cake, talks, activities and a small exhibition.

This is, of course, Manchester, UK.  The rides vary in price, but the Suffragette ride is free.  RSVP on Eventbrite.

Sometimes You Get Lucky – Bike Tours in Newcastle upon Tyne

There are now well over 350 city bike tours in BeenThereBikeTours‘s database.  We’ve been around for about 10 months now.  So, try as we might, we haven’t ridden all of them or even been to all seven continents (yet).  By the way, are there bike tours in Antarctica?  People do ride there and there’s even a fat bike expedition to the South Pole coming up in 2016!  It’s only $70,000 to ride (airfare not included), so sign up soon.

Sadly, there are no cities in the Antarctic, so we’re not including the South Pole ride in our listings.  But, we did just add a cool-looking city tour in Newcastle, UK.  Since we’re not independently wealthy, we find many of our tours with old fashioned creative Googling.  Recently, we’ve been working on Australia.  Plugging major (and not so major) cities into Google along with “bike tours” is usually a good start.  Newcastle, New South Wales is a city of about 150K in Southeastern Australia that appeared likely to have a city bike tour.  And a quick Google of “bike tours Newcastle” turned one up, however it was the aforementioned Newcastle Cycle Tours in northeast England, only about 1000 miles from being on the other side of our planet from Newcastle, NSW.

Photo: JimmyGuano
Photo: JimmyGuano

Newcastle upon Tyne is the home of Newcastle Brown Ale , a beautiful series of seven bridges crossing the Tyne, Grainger Town, and the Quayside district.

Fortunately, it turns out that BOTH cities of Newcastle have city bike tours.  And Newcastle Bicycle Tours is your destination for the downunder Newcastle.

Now, who wants to try to ride both of these in a weekend?