Weekly (start in London) from 4 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 clock on Platform 1. We then jump on the bus and travel the one hour to Windsor where we step inside the world of King and Queens when 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).
A day dedicated to the Cotswolds. We bike to the stunning Broadway Tower at the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, see the stunning lavender fields at Snowshill and after lunch visit the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water, some of the best known and iconic treats the Cotswolds has to offer. We stay in Moreton in Marsh and there is the opportunity for a ½ day out the saddle should you want to (either morning or afternoon).
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 20 miles through to over 40. The day ends in the stunning Lamb Hotel in Burford, the gateway to the Cotswolds.
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 for a full tour of the most famous university city in the World, including Harry Potter locations, the magnificent Christchurch College and great atmosphere and pubs! We head back to Burford, via the support vehicle and the Lamb hotel.
We ride out of the Cotswolds towards White Horse Hill, the Neolithic Ridgeway and the Longbarrow at Wayland Smithy. We also hold the traditional “King of the Mountains” competition (not really)! 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. The tour will end after the trip to White Horse Hill. We will help guests with all ongoing travel arrangements, back into London or to other locations.
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 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.
Luggage will be transferred between hotels.
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.