We were recently approached by Gordon Hardy from the Outdoor Hire Company suggesting that our guests might like to hire a bike (or two) or a canoe to use on the river Stour. What a brilliant idea we thought, so went ahead, designed a lovely new board and borrowed one of Gordon’s bikes to advertise this new service outside milsoms.

If you’re staying or visiting us soon, do think of phoning ahead to book a canoe or bike to explore the Dedham Vale. You can paddle downstream from Dedham to Flatford then onto Cattawade (where the river becomes tidal) or canoe upstream and discover parts of the river that are incredibly peaceful and all you’ll see is the odd kingfisher, a family of swans or cows taking a drink. Cycling through the Vale is relatively easy as its quite flat with plenty of traffic lanes to discover, incredible countryside as well as plenty of pubs to call in for refreshment along the way!

Outdoor Hire offers the full range of bikes from children’s, tandems, ladies’, gent’s to vintage bikes with a panniers (and yes, we can provide the picnic). The fleet of canoes and kayaks are single, double or double plus children. The good thing is that Gordon provides all the necessary equipment such as head gear, life jackets and buoyancy aids.

We’ve already received lots of interest as well as our first booking within 12 hours of going live on Facebook.

If you’d like to know more, give milsoms a call on 01206 322795.

+ Sue Bunting

Tue 19 Aug 2014, Milsom Hotels