2018 dates (start in London) – Fortnightly from 8 April (22 April, 6 May, 20 May, 3 June, 17 June, 1 July, 15 July, 29 July, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 9 Sept, 23 Sept, 6 Oct)
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 clock 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”.
Mileage: 10- 15 miles
A beautiful day through the North Cotswolds, via Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired, Hidcote Gardens we will arrive in Stratford in the early afternoon. 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 many bike back for a total of 39 miles. (There is also an opportunity to watch a play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Mileage: 20-40 miles
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. We visit the Broadway Tower, Snowshill, through the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water ending the day back at Moreton in the Marsh.
Mileage: 20-35 miles
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 ending the day at the stunning Lamb in Burford.
Mileage: 20-45 miles
Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots of Downton Abbey are filmed, 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.
Mileage: 25-35 miles
We travel 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.
Mileage: 20-30 miles
The route to bath is stunning, down an old roman road leading right into the centre of this beautiful city. The Roman Baths, Jane Austen, the Georgian architecture including The Royal Crescent are unmissable, as is the shopping! Many will ride all the way back to the hotel in the support vehicle.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
After a later start, we travel through the South Cotswolds, and there is the option to visit the National Trust owned Lacock for lunch and to 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).
Mileage: 20-25 miles
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for The Manor Hotel (nights 1-3). 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 or walk 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 travel 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.