A birthday Surprise with a Massive WOW
For those looking for an ultimate birthday experience then look no further.
Let Mark from Trike Tours chauffeur you through your favourite scenery on a ride of your life. You will ride behind and above the driver of a three seater 1400cc chauffeured trike. Music is on board, suits, helmets and gloves are provided along with intercoms, allowing clear three way conversations. We were entertained throughout the journey with tales of local knowledge and relevant amusing anecdotes.
Our trip was in the Yorkshire Dales. Our ride began at Brown Moor Caravan Club Site at Hawes. We travelled through Gayle, Langsthrothdale Chase to Hubberholme, left over the bridge to Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale and on into Swaledale where we had lunch at the Farmers Arms at Muker (an eaterie we recommend). Suitably refreshed we returned to Hawes over Buttertubs Pass. It really was a magical ride. The Dales came alive like never before.
This adventure was a 70th birthday surprise for my wife.
It proved to be a most memorable and thoroughly enjoyable day. If you would like to know more then visit www.triketours.co.uk or www.rie-of-your-life.com a web address which truly describes our day.
From our experience I unreservedly recommend a chauffeured trike ride by Mark Wilson of Trike Tours to all those who seek enjoyment, adventure and something a little different. I am confident that you will not be disappointed with the experiences provided by this truly unique attraction.
Give it a go – you won’t regret it. May 2012
Thanks Mike for an amazing day.
We were recommended to try a tour by friends who had previously been out with you and to say it did not disapoint is a massive understatement.
The trike is a fantastic one off machine and that part of the lake district that you took us to was beautiful and totally unknown to us both.
But what really made the day for us was how friendly , knowlegable and fun you were, my initial nervousnes climbing aboard such a beast of a trike was almost instantly put at ease by your relaxed manor.. Really cant wait to try another tour and be riding with you again soon.
Best wishes, Maggie & Ken.......... 2015
Been meaning to drop you a line to say how much Phil and I enjoyed our trike ride in the Lakes. It was a fantastic experience. We particularly appreciated that you offered us the choice of shortening our lunch time in order to return on the longer more scenic route. We went back to some places we'd seen as they looked so spectacular. It was great and unusual birthday gift for Phil, even better I got to enjoy it too. I've been dropping hints about him getting a Harley!
Hope you're well and still enjoying your cool lifestyle. Best wishes, Lydia...Oct' 2010
Would just like to thank all at North of england trike tours for a birthday that both Sara and I will never forget. Touring the Dales from morning till night, visiting Black sheep brewery then Tan hill for a pint. Riding over buttertub pass and really being made to feel like part of the biking scene , it was something I would never dreamed of doing, but would'nt have missed this experience for the world.
.The guide wasnt too bad either..lol mark.. thanks again.. Pat and Sara..Aug 2010
Had a great time yesterday, riding around Weardale with Mark and his trike, despite the wind and the occasional,rain. Highly recommended, as is the conversation (especially about the ConDems) whilst rolling along. Hope to be back next year for a longer tour/ride - many thanks. Paul & Lin.
Dear Mark & Jo,
Thanks for making the tour so special last week, Kielder water & the borders has to be one of the best routes ever, it was just stunning. You made us feel right at home on the trike with your banter and I was amazed how comfortable it was, my nervousness disapeared after 2 mins , I felt I was in very safe hands..lol We will be recomending this to all our friends, it was total relaxationwith the occasional bit of adrenalin thrown in too.
Best wishes, Alex and Simon. July 10.
Thanks for the best birthday ever Mark,
Our tour of the Yorkshire dales and the Buttertub pass was the the highlight of my birthday and Holiday to your region.
Your commentary made it very intresting and the trike was amazing...We will definatly be back next year to sample your Kielder water tour.. Brian & Sylvia..June 10.
Thanks Mark for the tour of the stunning countryside on August bank holiday sun...It was
awesome!...Cant wait until next time...Anyone thinking of this venture JUST DO IT! You
wont regret it..These guys rock!.KIM..................Sept 09.
We've thought about you and our lovely tour often since we've returned to Canada. My husband still raves to everyone about how thrilled he was with our surprise trek around north England with you. It was definitely the highlight!..Rita. Canada, Oct' 09.
Dear Mark; Karen and I would like to thank you for the wonderful tour that you gave us on March 30th 2009. You run a top notch business; you are a knowledgeable tour guide and a very safe driver who obviously keeps his equipment in tip top shape. The four hour Weardale and Hadrian’s Wall tour flew by quickly as we took in the sights and shared a lively conversation. I have to say that your tour was the high point of our trip to the UK. As I told you; I would recommend your business to any one visiting North east England. After our tour we enjoyed a delicious meal and dessert at the Helme Park Hall Hotel (we both enjoyed the Ivory chicken and chips) at a very reasonable price. We plan to come back to the UK in a few years and we plan on booking another tour during that visit; so expect to hear from us in the future. We both wish you many years of successful business. We also hope that you and your family have a wonderful trip around the continent this summer.
Best wishes; Clint Probst and Karen Buehler-Probst. USA........Mar' 09.
Hi Mark ..Thanks for making Mandy's 40th birthday a day to remember, the trip through The Wear Valley and up to Alston and Killhope
in the snow was awesome, it has to be one of the best routes ever, The snow drifts were fabulous, the scenery stunning and the whole experience unfortgettable. Thanks so much. Caz........Feb'09
Hi Mark, thanks once again for the fantastic ride on Thursday and dropping us off so close to the Cathedral.
It was a fantastic day out, both I and Sharon loved it. Regards Dave..... Oct' 08
Thanks for the thrilling ride last Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and one day would like to do another.You made it very interesting with your commentary. What a beautiful machine.
Good wishes Margaret..............Sept' 08
Ride of my life ? to early to tell but two hours of cracking roads, great views and great company......S R..........Sept' 08
This is what biking should feel like, no helmets, just sunglasses and a bandanna,,, amazing !.......... M & P. Sept '08
Thank you once again for a brilliant experience. Kind regards, Barbara and Alan............ Aug' 08
What an absolutley fabulous day we had today with you! "Ride of your life" is an understatement for the experience we had. Our lad wants to get a bike again now! July 08
I couldn't stop smiling. The wind in my hair the purrrrr of the engine, music playing and being chauffeured too!! It was an ultimate experience for us, we are insisting on doing it again with out a doubt. Anyone out there who is tempted but unsure, this is a chance in a life time and an experience you will not forget. Totally awesome dude!!
I want to book another ride soon for my sons birthday, 31st July. So ill be seeing you then oh mighty one. ........... June 08
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I was surprised how safe I felt riding on the trike and the tour was fantastic, so glad we decided to book it for my birthday..... June 08
Thanks for the most exciting time of my life... I'll be telling my mates to come and take the ride of your life tour...
Fantastic, bye for now Mark and thank you sooooooo much x....... June 08
To see their faces when you pulled up on that machine was priceless. To see the smile on their faces after the ride was even better, thanks for making it special... May 08
Thank you for the unforgetable thrill of riding pillion on a sunny September afternoon on my birthday.......Sept' 07
Hi Mark, Thanks again for the trip on Sunday - Still cant believe I done it and that its all finished. Thoroughly enjoyed myself . Look forward to seeing the photos as proof I actually did it....... August 07
Thanks for the tour, really enjoyed it......August 07
Hi Mark, Thank you for making my husbands birthday one he will never forget. He is still going on about it 4 days later...... July 07
Cheers Mark, I have decided to book motorcycle lessons I enjoyed it that much, thanks again mate.......Dec 07
..Took me back 20 years, I am so grateful that they bought it for my birthday....Sept' 07
Thanks for taking good care of our gran, she thoroughly enjoyed her self, dont know how we will top this next year...July 07
Thanks Mark for the best afternoon ever, see you soon....Oct' 07
...Totally brilliant experience, loved the trike, thank you...March 08
Just a short note to thank you for your kindness in donating the Easter eggs to the childrens ward, they made a huge difference to the children in our care.....March 08
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A Ride on the Wild Side?
What do you get the man who isn’t really that bothered about birthdays or presents? Well, at 55 I maybe too old to Rock N’ Roll but I’m certainly way too young for cardigan, pipe or slippers.
In racking her brain to come with something fresh and original my good lady wife delved into our past. In our courting days, we both enjoyed the freedom that a succession of motorcycles gave us before mortgages and disability made their very different demands on us. This inspired her to look at ways to give us a brief revival of those halcyon days of our youth.
Rather cleverly, she had spotted a leaflet for Trike Tours in the North of England and gave them a ring. Yes they had some short notice availability and yes they could accommodate a bespoke tour with a start and finish location of her choosing. Another phone call to the Swinton Park Hotel, a midweek special offer on accommodation, and the scene was set for a night away and a chauffeured tour of the Yorkshire Dales by Trike.
The agreed pick up time of 10:30 allowed a leisurely breakfast and exactly on time a powerful exhaust note reverberating off the ivy clad walls announced the arrival of the stunning 3 seater trike that would be our mount for the next two and a half hours.
The chauffeur introduced himself as Mark and produced the helmets, waterproof coverall and gloves that we would need for the ride. It should be said here that my disability is of the “wobbly walker” end of the spinal cord injured spectrum As Mark has an interest in the National Association of Bikers with Disabilities he had the greatest empathy with my needs and seemed unperturbed at my scrabbling aboard his fabulous machine.
Having assisted me to clamber onto rear seat Mark connected our intercoms allowing us to chat to him as well as each other and also listen to the on board music system. Seat belt tightened, a few last minute checks, a thumbs up and we were away to the anthem soundtrack of bikers the world over:- Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild”.
From the Swinton Park our trip took us initially through the historic market town of Masham with possibly the largest market square in Yorkshire. Masham is also home of two respected real ale breweries, Theakstons and Black Sheep, each with its own visitor’s centre where you can try their excellent traditional products. Then onto Leyburn one of the principal gateways to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and up into Wensleydale perhaps the best known Dale not only for its famous cheese but also for the tranquility and stunning scenic beauty that has provided the backdrop to several film and TV series, with Aysgarth Falls featuring in the Hollywood Blockbuster Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Taking the road from Hawes to Thwaite we ascended Buttertubs Pass. The pass derives its name from the large limestone pot holes near its summit in which, it is said that farmers would store their butter in them on hot summer days, whilst they rested their horses on their way to market. The trikes powerful l400cc engine taking the climb it its stride. Once described by Jeremy Clarkson as one of his all time favourite roads, and little wonder, Buttertubs Pass provides drivers and riders with a tight twisty roads and spectacular views as it writhes its serpentine trail over the hills between Wensleydale and Swaledale.
Fed by moorland streams cascading over typical limestone features the Swale becomes England’s fastest flowing river as it runs west to east to join the Ure, then the Ouse and Trent before joining the Humber.
Swaledale itself is one of the northernmost dales. Its remoteness makes it rather magical with its fellside fields and green pastures dotted with stone barns. All the more so from the open vantage point of the Trike The legacy of the Vikings could be seen on sign posts and in place names as we passed through attractive old limestone villages and hamlets with names like Keld, Thwaite, Muker and Reeth as we as we threaded our way along its narrow valley-bottom road.
All too soon we were heading back into Leyburn and the final leg back up to Swinton Park where we arrived back to Thin Lizzie’s “The Boys are Back In Town” to be greeted by some astonished but curious guests.
Was it what we’d hoped for? Well, of the thrill of motorcycling, for my money, perhaps Robert Pirsig said it best in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: "You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” The tour delivered all of that and, for a former biker, it satisfied a longing that had been gnawing away quietly for twenty five years.
Trike Tours offer exploration of the North of England’s finest countryside and coastline by a mode of transport that truly brings you closer to the most spectacular Lakes, Mountains and Coast that England has on offer in a way that a car never can. With over thirty set tours from a 30 minute tour of “Old Durham Town” at £25 per person ( £50 Total based on 2 people sharing) to a full day tour of Northumberland or the Borders at £250 per person, and bespoke tours an option, there’s something to suit everyone. Trike Tours is backed by the 'Shaw Trust' which means police and CRB checks have been carried out and approved for your complete piece of mind.
Mark is truly professional at what he does, and an associate member of the Advanced Institution Of Motorcyclists, nonetheless the pride, passion and sheer joy that Mark has for the great outdoors and in the service that Trike Tours provides shone throughout our trip. Fancy taking a ride on the Wild Side? Check out Trike Tours on www.triketours.co.uk
How does that song go again “Get your motor running, head out on the Highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes our way” Go on, treat yourself – you know you want to!
Gary Jackson..Sept 2010
Customer review which made front page in Mobilise
Matt Baker ' Countryfile & OneShow presenter '. said -
This is just breath taking, I love it. Zooming through Weardale & Teesdale taking in beathtaking sights on this 3 wheel monster of a machine..and its ironic that complete tranquility can be found on the back of a motorcycle.....its just great !..............March '09 & July 2011
Simon Calder, 'TV Travel expert' said-
WOW ! You just have got to try that for a unique perspective on a beautiful county,,........March '08
Simon Walton, 'Group Travel Magazine' said-
Get your motor running,we thought it was easy riding for easy riders, they even let us wear our own bandanas.., July 08
Hi Mark, we had such a great day..BIG FUN...rock on ..Mo & Mags..Nov 2011