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Cotswolds Adventure Holidays

Jump into an Adventure Holiday

Get stuck into an active weekend break or an adventure holiday with like-minded people, filled with wild swimming, cycling, yoga, walking, and of course water sports – canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Make the most of days outdoors by punting in Oxford, exploring rolling hills and grabbing a board to paddle at Cotswold Water Park, before relaxing around the fire pit, with home cooked food, a beer in hand, and great people around you! Find the source of the Thames, and rediscover nature away from the crowds in the wonderful English countryside. It’s hard to believe we’re on holiday so near London! 

Adventure Breaks - Your Way!

“At your own pace” is our motto, so you can choose can choose to push yourself on a 50 mile cycle, or take in the view over a leisurely 20 miles. Add in an early morning wild swim, a Cotswolds walk and SUP or canoe to the pub in the early evening you’ll have a full, active day! Don’t feel obliged to do all of these activities, if you fancy an afternoon off to stroll along the canals or read your book in the sun – that fits in well with our Cotswolds itinerary too. 

Looking for a little more challenge? You can try your hand at surfing and coasteering in Cornwall, or tackle a gorge scramble and a few fells on a Lake District adventure! We can also create bespoke adventure holidays for families and groups. 

Choose Your Multi Activity Adventure

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  Imagine tree-lined paths, peaceful moments with sky everywhere, and closing the day in a cosy pub- it was everything we imagined it would be! We did a six day... read more

    DarcyTrips
    July 31, 2022

    star rating  My son and I just completed a three week LeJog tour through Active England, and were impressed with all the guides' professionalism and caring attitudes. They also made it... read more

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    July 6, 2022

    star rating  We are a Bliss of four wild women who love wild swimming and have just completed an amazing weekend of open water swimming with our wonderful guides Tatty and Laura.... read more

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    June 26, 2022
  • star rating  The LeJog tour with Active England was a bike tour of a lifetime. 19 days of riding averaging 60 miles per day. The guides were outstanding... read more

    jpeyemd
    June 21, 2022

    star rating  I have done two bespoke bicycle trips organized by Active England, the latest a LEJOG over three weeks. Excellent guides — knowledgeable, industrious, attentive and delightful company — throughout the... read more

    323fredericky
    June 21, 2022

    star rating  We had a group of 6 of us and Active England set us up on an amazing tour. We rode through the beautiful Cotswolds, visited Stonehenge and ended at... read more

    pollieg1
    June 2, 2022
  • star rating  Our group of 8 women did the Cycle Cotswolds Tour and it was amazing. Our guides Chris and Jess were the best guides you could ask for, they were professional,... read more

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    June 1, 2022

    star rating  Not an honest organization. Out of consideration for them I left my deposit with them during the pandemic instead of requesting its return. In the meantime they changed the policy... read more

    Paradise786027
    March 30, 2022

    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
    September 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
    September 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
    August 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
    August 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

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    August 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
    August 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
    August 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

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    August 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
    August 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

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    August 12, 2021

UK Holidays Near London

Only an hour from London, Bristol, and the Midlands immerse yourself in the wonderful Cotswolds countryside. With a wide range of daytime activities to enjoy, relax with your group in the evenings, with our free beer and wine fridge and in some of the best pubs known to man! We’ll start your holiday straight from the train station so just bring yourself, some active wear and a sense of adventure and we’ll cover everything else.

Hassle Free Multi Activity Adventures

Guided by our outstanding guides, and using all our equipment, we know every bend in the road, river or track, every afternoon tea stop, local micro-brewery or gin distillery to suit all tastes! You’ll not need to worry about any of your luggage transfers, bookings or equipment as it will all have been taken care of for you.

Top things you need to know before visiting the Cotswolds

What is an Adventure Holiday?

An Adventure Holiday brings together the best of everything the countryside has to offer for active people, with multi-activity days allowing guests to try water sports, cycling and more as well as getting to know a group of like minded people round the fire-pit in the evening. There is scope for experienced paddlers and cyclists to push themselves, while beginners can get a taste of new sports, exploring the the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, coasteering the cliffs of Cornwall, and scrambling up gorges and mountains in the Lake District. Our guides look after all the details, allowing you to push yourself – or simply relax – and take in life in the great outdoors.

 

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

The best way out of London and into the Cotswolds is by train, from Paddington directly into Oxford station or Bath Spa. All our multisport weekends begin and end in Oxford or Bath and from here we head directly out on our bikes, kayaks or canoes into the countryside. We’ll get you from Platform to Pint in 75 minutes! We can advise on parking nearby if you need to drive. 

Should I arrive ready to bike and get stuck in?

Yes! We’ll get straight to the activities once you hop off the train, relaxed from your journey and ready for your adventure. Whether that’s a pub dinner, an afternoon bike ride or a walk through the countryside we’ll send out a kit list in advance and let you know what clothes to arrive in.

What do I need to bring on my adventure holiday, do you have a kit list?

For all our tours we will send out kit lists in plenty of time before your tour. We provide all the equipment so you won’t need to bring anything other than enthusiasm, some trainers you are willing to get a bit wet, some normal swimming kit, comfortable walking and cycling clothes and we’ll do the rest!

Can I join as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join, these trips are a great way to meet social, likeminded people, active and looking for a great holiday. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.

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