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Cycle The Cotswolds

Cotswolds Cycling Holidays!

Our guided and 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. 

E-Bikes are available on all of our cycle tours, so you can go the distance without the slog. You can choose to add an e-bike to your tour when you book or enquire with us. 

Guests are also able to bring their own bikes on our self-guided tours! Get in touch to find out more.

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 cycle tours in Kent, New Forest and Cornwall! 

Choose Your Cotswolds Cycling Tour Right Here

Guided Tours

cycling through the cotswolds

Go Green – Cotswolds Guided Cycling

6 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Cotswolds Villages Cycling

5 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays

Self-Guided Tours

Bath City walking tours

Cotswolds Villages Cycling

6 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  Fabulous, fun packed weekend with experienced guides. We swam in beautiful locations and were fed well and thoroughly looked after. Swimming ability was not an issue as there were always... read more

    Jo M
    9/25/2021

    star rating  We had a fantastic 3 day weekend in South Devon. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. They took us to lots of unique and different locations and we... read more

    EBlow
    9/11/2021

    star rating  Amazing trip. Super well organized and fantastic guides and driver. So much fun. The sites were good, swimming was not too difficult, the water was chilly so definitely recommend... read more

    adelefrancesca
    8/31/2021
  • star rating  I chose the 3 day swimming trip in Devon and it was fabulous! Varied swims in rivers, the sea and an outdoor lido and no pressure to do longer swims... read more

    katesH6367IS
    8/26/2021

    star rating  Great guides who made our trip really enjoyable. There was no pressure to swim beyond your ability and we had time to chill. I really liked the variety of locations... read more

    I3906NEjop
    8/26/2021

    star rating  My short midweek break was a delightful experience throughout with beautiful swimming and excellent organisation. The team were efficient yet relaxed and friendly, helpful and accommodating. The group was possibly... read more

    jodY76RO
    8/25/2021
  • star rating  The variety was great - from coasts to rivers to lidos. However what elevated this to a fantastic few days was our guides. They were professional, fun, and paid such... read more

    Kath S
    8/24/2021

    star rating  Devon Swim Tour. A fantastic experience, wonderful variety of swims. A fun bunch of people to swim with and great itinerary. The whole experience superbly executed by... read more

    L2872QMlynnr
    8/24/2021

    star rating  This is our 3rd time traveling with Active England and we wouldn’t travel thru England any other way. They are incredibly thoughtful to work with. They made the stressful planning... read more

    rhondagreenberg
    8/13/2021
  • star rating  The swimming weekend in Devon was a joy from start to finish. Locations, local knowledge, and the expertise and good humour of the guides made it an experience I... read more

    mimmmihe
    8/12/2021

    star rating  I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 day swim trip with fabulous guides and friendly fellow swimmers, amazing locations and varied, highly enjoyable swims in clear waters. The guides were super friendly... read more

    Bea_Sti7
    8/10/2021

    star rating  Fabulous swim locations, expert guidance, congenial company, comfortable hotel - all put together with thorough planning and lots of smiles

    155jennier
    8/09/2021
  • star rating  Brilliant 3 day swimming trip to South Devon. Excellent organisation, value for money and leadership by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun guides. There was a good range of swimming... read more

    lindarW9525KU
    8/09/2021

    star rating  A fantastic weekend of swims led by enthusiastic, experienced and friendly guides. The two leaders and our driver could not have done more to make the weekend a memorable and... read more

    Elaine K
    8/09/2021

    star rating  We took the 4 days swimming tour in Cornwall. It was a great experience with plenty of opportunities to swim in this beautiful part of England. The tour was very... read more

    Mariaswimm
    8/05/2021
  • star rating  We had the most wonderful short break on Dartmoor, swimming and walking, our guides were enthusiastic and very well informed on local knowledge.

    sallypope1954
    7/22/2021

    star rating  We had the most fantastic 4-day Devon swim tour with Active England - everything was perfectly organised making everything so easy for us, the swims were beautiful, varied and... read more

    bronwynf503
    7/21/2021

    star rating  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

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 the hidden gems a little more off the beaten track.

Cycling is a great environmentally friendly way to travel and perfect for reconnecting with nature and travelling through stunning landscapes. 

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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