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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

Cotswolds Adventure Weekend

3 Day - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
Our Multi Activity Adventure Weekends are for like-minded active people who embrace weekends away in the Cotswolds and want to get stuck into some great activities.
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Cotswolds Mid-Week Adventure Break

4 Day Active Break - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
Join our multi activity holidays and meet like-minded active people who embrace their weeks away and want to get stuck into some great activities.
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Cotswolds Adventure Holiday

6 Day - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
Join our multi activity holiday and meet like-minded active people who embrace their weeks away and want to get stuck into some great activities.
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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • 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

    star rating  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

    star rating  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
  • star rating  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

    star rating  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

    star rating  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
  • star rating  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

    star rating  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

    Emerson M
    9/26/2019

    star rating  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
  • star rating  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

    star rating  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

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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