thanks to many of you for suggestions for van hire. my wonderful sister liz have found us a van from a local company at a very good price. they gave us a healthy discount due to the charitable nature of our group which was very good of them.
despite this good news, we will all have to travel light so please pack with austerity. you will need bike lights and lock as well as a spare inner or two. the forecast is not altogether promising so probably a baselayer and waterproof would also be advisable.