Cotswolds Cycling Tours
Cycle the Cotswolds - Your Way
Immerse yourself in the stunning English countryside with our Cotswolds cycling tours. Only an hour’s train journey from London, reconnect with nature as you enjoy rolling hills and traditional villages of golden-stone thatched cottages.
With a choice of guided, private or self-guided bike tours, our routes will take you on the quietest country lanes to some of the Cotswolds’ most evocative local sites. Ride to the front steps of Blenheim Palace, into the university city of Oxford via the canals, through historic tunnels into Roman Bath and into Shakespeare’s Stratford upon little-used gravel paths.
Along the way, our exceptional guides will take you to the best local spots. Whether it’s a refreshing pint in a traditional pub or a tasty cream tea in some of region’s best cafes, we’ll ensure you’ll get a true flavour of English life.
Explore Quintessential English Villages, Castles & Gardens
With a choice of guided, private or self-guided bike tours, our routes will take you on the quietest country lanes to some of the Cotswolds’ most evocative local sites.
Prefer to go private?
With the option to embark on either a self-guided tour or to be led by one of our handpicked local guides, we offer a range of different experiences, so that your Cotswolds cycling tour is tailored perfectly to your specific interests and cycling needs.
Whether travelling on your own, as a couple or with friends and family, be as active as you like with curated routes to suit both beginners and more experienced cyclists. Electric bikes are also available on each of our cycling tours.
Prefer to Walk?
If you’d prefer to explore the Cotswolds on foot, then our guided and self-guided walking tours will suit you.
What people are saying
The Cotswolds FAQ's
The best way out of London and into the Cotswolds is by train, out of Paddington, and directly into Oxford station, Moreton-in-Marsh or Bath. All of our cycling trips begin from these locations so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. If you prefer to drive there is station parking available.
All our trips are open for single travellers to join. You will have a great time on our cycling tours whether travelling on your own, as a couple, family or group, meeting like-minded people on our guided trips, or choosing your own adventure on our self-guided tours. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.
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.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills, with its 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 climbs for those looking to stretch their legs. There are routes for everyone and with our routes we can tailor your tour to your preferences. We also have e-bikes available on request to make your holiday care-free!
Absolutely! Our e-bikes allow our guests to go the distance without the slog, to enjoy the countryside at their own pace and to provide assistance that will get you up any hill. They are as good on rural country roads as on canal tow-paths and rail to trail tracks. Safe and easy to use, these e-bikes are perfect for all abilities.
We provide bikes, helmets, cycle bags and all the cycling essentials you will need. All you need to bring are clothes suitable for cycling in, and your enthusiasm! You can of course use your own saddle and pedals if you prefer. We will transfer your luggage to each hotel, so you don’t need to worry about carrying everything you want for evenings out of the saddle!
In the Cotswolds we offer a range of guided or self-guided tours to suit everyone! If you’d like more advice, please get in contact and the team will be more than happy to help.
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