Silver Travel Book Club - May 2021

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Silver Travel Book Club

Each month, we'll explore a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

Cycling for SoftiesThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Cycling for Softies – is reading 'Sparkling Wine: The Vineyards of England and Wales' by Stewart Wilde.

In the space of a few short years, English and Welsh sparkling wines have become recognised as some of the best in the world. Improvements in viniculture, a changing climate and terroir that often mimics the conditions found in the Champagne region of France have combined with the care and attention of predominantly artisanal makers to make fantastic wine. Travelling around more than 50 vineyards, Sparkling Wine celebrates this revolution. This book will provide an effervescent accompaniment to any vineyard tour.

Woodingdean, East Sussex

Sparkling Sussex

This summer you can enjoy the very best of Sussex and its burgeoning wine scene on Cycling for Softies 'Sparkling Sussex e-bike tour'.

The seaside county of Sussex is one of the sunniest in the UK and offers the perfect blend of country and coast. The rolling hills of the South Downs are home to some of the best cycling in the UK, offering mile after mile of riding through peaceful countryside, quaint villages and beautiful landscapes. The cycle route will take you through the South Downs, down the River Arun and along coastal paths.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Softies tour without a little wining and dining! The county has a growing reputation for producing world-class English sparkling wines, and it’s highly recommended you try a glass (or two) of Sussex sparkling. The Sparkling Sussex tour introduces you to some of the region’s best vineyards – the perfect place to take some time out of the saddle.

By night, you can look forward to cosying up in charming boutique hotels, with indulgent spa and fabulous restaurants.

River Adur, near Shoreham
Vineyard visit

The wonderful team of cycle reps are on hand to support you throughout, transporting your luggage from hotel to hotel, and sharing their top tips on the area. All you need to do is enjoy the ride!

To find out more visit cycling-for-softies.co.uk.

Sparkling Wine by Stewart Wilde

How to win a copy of 'Sparkling Wine: The Vineyards of England and Wales' by Stewart Wilde

Remember those halcyon days when you could leave home on your bike, explore all day and just needed to be home before it was dark. 

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about your favourite childhood cycling memory and the two best entries will win a copy of this book.


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  • AlisonM
    1 day ago
    When I was 5 we were one of the first families to move to a new estate. A new road had been built around the edge, but was not opened up until a year or so later so my brother and I spent many hours cycling on this road. I clearly remember the sense of freedom as I cycled along for what seemed like miles, surrounded by fields and trees, without a car in sight!
  • DRSask
    3 days ago
    I didn't have a bike until I was an adult so I don't have any childhood cycling stories to tell. When my sister and I finally did get bicycles and were heading down the driveway for a ride she promptly cut me off and I went over the handle bars. As I limped, bleeding, into the house my mother said "that's what you get for riding a bike." Perhaps that explains why we never had bikes as children lol.