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Autumn Cycling In The Cotswolds - Cycle Your Way!

Autumn Cycling in England

With lockdown measures lifting, we are counting the minutes to when we can get back into the countryside and head for the hills, in company with family, friends old and new. Cycling in October and November can be wonderful as the autumnal colours illuminate the Cotswolds, and the old stone villages glow golden in the magical light. We invite you explore our favourite Autumn cycling routes through the Cotswolds, from Blenheim Palace to Bampton, Bibury to Broadway Tower, there’s so much to see.

Our new protocols allow you travel with us safely in confidence in these times, while knowing your luggage, accommodation and routes are all taken care of on a self guided trip. 

Private and Self-Guided Cotswolds Holidays

Cycle with your chosen group of friends, family and loved ones, choosing a Private Tour this Autumn. Escape the crowds – only an hour’s journey from London, Bristol, and the Midlands, taking a mini-break to immerse yourself in the Cotswolds’ stunning countryside. With full, active days outdoors, and relaxing evenings in some of the best pubs known to man, nothing is left to chance on our carefully planned tours. We’ll start your holiday straight from the train station so just bring yourself, some cycle wear and a sense of adventure and we’ll cover everything else.

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Return to Nature by Biking this Autumn

Autumn will be worth the wait! When all around you the landscape changes, the trees begin to turn amber, orange yellow and red. Leaves cover the ground, mists rise from the valleys and often the days are crisp with a bright blue sky. Escape to where the air is clean and smells are earthy and of nature, with the promise of a mug of hot chocolate or a well earned pint awaiting you after your ride. Bangers and mash, toad in the hole, apple pie and custard and proper pub food; they all taste better after a long bike through the countryside.

Cotswolds Mini-Breaks Only an Hour from London

Our holidays are designed to put you at ease and escape the daily stresses of normal life. Starting in Moreton-in-Marsh, a direct and easy train ride out of London, you can begin your holiday stress-free. We have created a magical mix of the best cycling trails throughout the Cotswolds which lead you away from the crowds and back to nature. 

Top things you need to know before visiting the Cotswolds

Is England nice in the Autumn?

Autumn arrives from September until late November and is a wonderful season for walking, temperatures are mild and cool, there is not burning heat in the middle of the day, and all around you as you walk the landscape changes. The trees begin to turn amber, orange yellow and red. Leaves cover the ground, mists rise from the valleys and often the days are crisp with a bright blue sky. Check out our blogs on The Best Autumn Tours and Walks for some outdoor inspiration.

What is the best way to get out of London into the Countryside?

The best way out of London and into the Cotswolds is by train, out of London Paddington, and directly to Moreton-in-Marsh. All of our Autumn trips begin from these here so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. 

Can I do this tour as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join. With full emergency support from our team and full GPS instructions, equipment, maps and more you will have a great time on our self-guided cycle tours whether travelling on your own, as a couple, family or group. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.

Are the roads safe to cycle on in the Cotswolds?

Our cycling routes are carefully chosen to ensure we bike on the quietest country lanes, with the best views of the Cotswolds! Drivers in the Cotswolds are very polite and guests have always felt safe and secure when riding our routes, check out our Trip Advisor Reviews from guests who have cycled with us: “I was concerned about riding in traffic, but for the most part there were not that many cars. The people are very watchful and careful, they wait and allow cyclist to go ahead. The Cotswolds and very beautiful, rural and unspoiled. I loved the small towns and the beautiful countryside. I would absolutely do it again with Active England. Loved it all.”  E.C.

How hilly are the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds are a range of hills, the name stemming from ‘Cote’ meaning sheep enclosure and ‘wold’ meaning hills. There are therefore lots of hills and incredible views from the top! However, you will able to miss out some of the steeper inclines – or add in some trickier hills for those looking to stretch their legs. There are cycling routes for everyone and we can tailor your tour to your preferences.

Cotswolds Autumn Cycling - Photo Gallery