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Cycle The Cotswolds - Cruise or Conquer, Your Choice!

Cotswolds Cycling Holidays

Our self-guided Cotswolds cycle tours will immerse you in the best of the Cotswold countryside, where rivers wind through rolling hills to traditional Cotswold villages of golden stone thatched cottages. Bike at your own pace away from the crowds and get back to nature. We have created a magical mix of the best Cotswold cycling routes so you can ride on quiet country lanes to the front steps of the iconic sites of Blenheim, Broadway Tower and Bibury that abound in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Self-Guided Cycling Tours in the Cotswolds

Pick the tour to suit you! Whether you wish to travel on your own, as a couple or bringing your group of friends and family with you, we will guarantee you have a wonderful cycling tour on two wheels. 

Guests are free to be as active as they like with different daily options on all tours. Electric bikes are available on all of our cycling tours.

Fancy trying something different? Have a look at our Cotswolds Adventure Holidays with water sports, yoga, punting and other activities as well cycling. For a long distance cycling challenge, check out our Coast to Coast cycling holidays through the dramatic landscapes of The Lake District, the North Pennines and Hadrian’s Wall. 

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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  •   My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip -... read more

    LH1957
    1/16/2020

      My sister and I booked the Classic 8 day self-guided walking tour in mid-September of 2019. We both declared it one of the best trips either of us had... read more

    Becca H
    10/09/2019

      Frances and Active England Tours are fantastic! We booked a 3 day walking tour through the Cotswolds and it far exceeded what we expected; beautiful walks, lovely destinations, excellent accommodations,... read more

    KatieD2684
    10/05/2019
  •   I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough for anyone looking to explore England’s beautiful countryside. Our tour guide was fantastic! Each destination was lovely with the perfect amount of... read more

    Emily B
    10/05/2019

      I traveled with the ACTIVE ENGLAND group fall 2019 on both the Classic Cotswold and the Cornwall/Devon trips. I chose guided hiking but joined self guided guests and... read more

    Pookawinner
    10/02/2019

      My husband and I were looking for a guided walk through the countryside of England that included classic pubs. Not only did Active England provide that, but they also included... read more

    cap18i
    9/26/2019
  •   We did the 3 day self-guided tour and experienced 3 days of amazing rides throughout the beautiful Cotswolds. Picture small towns, small farming roads with fields, sheep, cows, and... read more

    Peyton M
    9/26/2019

      We can't say enough about our cycling tour with Active England. Even Mother Nature cooperated with glorious weather. Jago, our cycling guide was enthusiastic, entertaining and patient. We rode through... read more

    Bicyclemanics
    9/24/2019

      What an amazing time my husband and I had with Active England in the Cotswolds! From start to finish, Jago and Howard did everything possible to make our... read more

    Anita W
    9/22/2019
  •   My wife and I truly enjoyed our 8 day walk thru the Cotswolds. We are from the Arizona desert, so to be totally immersed in England’s beautiful rural countryside was... read more

    dscledwards
    9/17/2019

Fun and Hassle-Free Cycling Tours in England

We take all the hassle out of cycling by including all luggage transfers, booking all accommodation, maps, Ride With GPS instructions, incredible iconic palaces, castles, estates, ancient sites and more to visit along the way. Cotswolds highlights include Oxford, Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare’s Stratford, Jane Austen’s Bath, the Neolithic Stonehenge and Avebury circles, as well as places a little more off the beaten track.

Why not head out later this year for serene cycle to see the Cotswolds in their glorious autumnal colours.  

Accessible Cotswolds Cycling an Hour from London

Our cycling holidays are designed to put you at ease and escape the daily stresses of normal life. With starting from locations including Oxford or Moreton-in-Marsh, all 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 in the Cotswolds which lead you away from the crowds and back to nature. 

Top things you need to know before visiting the Cotswolds

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 Paddington, and directly into Oxford station, Moreton-in-Marsh or Bath. All of our self-guided 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. 

Can I do a cycle 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, 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 if you’re looking to stretch your legs! There are routes for everyone and we can tailor your tour to your preferences.

What to pack for a cycling holiday?

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! 

Which cycling holiday should I choose?

In the Cotswolds we offer a range of self-guided tours to suit everyone! 

For a relaxed week exploring the gorgeous villages and countryside of the North Cotswolds, cycling 20-40 miles each day, head to our Cotswolds Villages Cycling tour. 

For a weekend challenge, our three day Conquer the Cotswolds takes you from Oxford to the Northern and Southern tips of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Beauty, and everything in between! Covering around 80 miles a day, this is for people who like a long ride, with time to explore. 

Our Classic Cotswolds Cycling takes in all World Heritage Sites in the area, with Windsor Castle and an optional trip to Oxford, as well as the best of Cotswolds villages. Cycling is a relaxed 20-40 miles each day.

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Source to Sea - Wye - 7 Day 

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Source to Sea - Wye - 7 Day 

Devon Adventure Holiday - North to South - 6 Day 

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Devon Adventure Holiday - North to South - 6 Day 

Source to Sea - Devon and Cornwall - 7 Day 

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Source to Sea - Devon and Cornwall - 7 Day 

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Dorset Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Dorset Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Weekend - 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Weekend - 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Thames Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Thames Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling -   Self-Guided Weekend 

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

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Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn– SG Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks  Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided