The Gentle Cycling Company is sited in a rural oasis in Stoke, a sleepy suburb just 15 minutes by car from the center of Nelson. We share a site with Nikau Gardens, a native plant nursery. The established trees are a great addition to our environment here. Our building is an old farm shed, built when this area of Stoke was still agricultural.
Thinking of doing our Art and Food Ride? This route is all ready to ride now – contact us for a detailed map of the ride. Below are a some photos taken along the route, just to get your tastebuds going.
March is the month of the hop harvest in Nelson, when the fields that were curtained in green lose their flavour-laden curtain – until next year. At Kentishman Hops in Upper Moutere, the hop harvest rekindles images from my past, when tractors were smaller and closer to the ground and farmers still wore straw hats (yeah!)
Call me romantic, but gentle cycling that includes visiting hidden treasures tucked away in quiet rural locations (the prettier the better) gives me just the reason I need to get out and about. Add in a country pub for afters and I’m a very happy cyclist. This rural Nelson church is a real beauty and ticks all the boxes. The wooden interior is unpainted and it has a staircase leading up to a tiny balcony, which provides access for the bell-puller. It’s hard to ignore the temptation to pull on that rope.
Dogs and cycling are not the usual combination, and Otis was not a great cyclist, but he really enjoyed hanging around with cyclists.
He welcomed everyone who came to see us at The Gentle Cycling Company, favouring visitors who would play ball. His enthusiasm for life was hugely infectious, and if he had been able to ride a bike, he would have.