Every fortnight (starting in London) from 4th April 2018
And when you’re not taking in all this wonderful heritage and culture you’ll be biking through the stunning countryside of the Cotswolds, soaking in England at its “Chocolate Box” best.
The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the Paddington Bear statue on Platform 1. We then jump on the bus and travel the one hour to Windsor where we step inside the world of Kings and Queens and take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn; home to the Queen, the site of Henry VIII’s grave and monarchs since 1066, Windsor is a “must see”. We will also bike around Windsor Great Park for 10-15 miles to soak up the atmosphere and get you used to biking in England.
A beautiful ride through the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired, Hidcote Gardens we will arrive in Stratford in the early afternoon after a 20-mile ride. In Stratford, you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Many take the opportunity to ride back in the support vehicle and take the rest of the day off, whilst those who want to bike back for a total of 39 miles. (There is also an opportunity to watch a play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds, its chocolate box villages are dotted amongst a patchwork quilt of fields and woods. This area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes for the perfect relaxed day in the saddle with 20 mile and 30-mile options. We bike to the Broadway Tower, Snowshill, through the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water Ending the day back at Moreton in the Marsh.
Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an illustrious history, stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown. Our route travels through the stunning Cotswolds right into the Palace with routes from 10 miles through to over 40 ending at the stunning Lamb in Burford.
Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots of Downton Abbey are shot, we will arrive in Oxford in the early afternoon. We tour around the City of Oxford, where you’ll get a chance to visit the colleges and learn about its rich history on a walking tour. With options from 15 miles through to 30 miles and potentially take the morning off!
We ride out of the Cotswolds towards White Horse Hill, Avebury (Stonehenge but bigger) and then onto the World Heritage site and eternal mystery that is Stonehenge for Neolithic day! There is the opportunity to visit the home of Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) – home to the Carnarvon family and of course the Crawleys, on the tours between early July and mid-September. Taking this option will mean no biking on day 6.
Bath is a stunning 20-mile ride down an old roman road, right into the centre of this beautiful city. The Roman Baths, Jane Austen, the Georgian architecture including The Royal Crescent are unmissable. Many will ride all the way back to the hotel, 40 miles, although the majority choose to miss the large hill out of the city and bike between 20 and 30 miles.
After a later start and a 20-mile bike to the National Trust owned Lacock we lunch and visit Lacock Abbey. We will then transfer guests to the nearest mainline railway station to enable quick and easy on-going travel (only 1 hour to London).
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times and a daily “bailout” option on the self-guided tours ensures guests only need to bike the miles that suit them.
Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.
With a fleet of bikes from Giant and flat bar, drop bar, road, hybrid and e-bike options all bike types are catered for. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals, if you have them, and away you go.