What to Expect from our Iconic Cotswolds Cycling Holiday
This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites, cycling right up to the historic English locations we go to, including the Royal Windsor Castle, Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge – both World Heritage Sites, touring the famous university town of Oxford, and taking a walking tour of Bath, the World Heritage City, and its Roman Baths.
Join our small groups and return to nature by biking through the Cotswolds. Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the history and heritage of England as you cycle through the stunning Cotswolds countryside, led by our outstanding local guides – we know every quiet country lane and bend in the road, every café stop, panoramic view, and of course the best pubs in England!
Cycling Holidays Near London in the English Countryside
Our cycling holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. We pick up guests from London and take you straight into the countryside away from the crowds, via Windsor Castle and Great Park, and into the stunning Cotswolds for a cycling tour to remember. Bike as much or as little as you like each day, our guides can tailor your tour to your preferences, with shorter or longer routes available daily.
Cotswolds Guided Cycling Itinerary
Day 1The Royal Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park
We collect you at 8.30 from London at Paddington Station, Platform 1, under the clock and take you by bus Windsor, which is about 1 hours’ drive. We visit Windsor Castle, home to the Queen, and Windsor Great Park, where we will fit you with your bikes and ensure you are ready to cycle on the “wrong side” of the road! Taking our support vehicle to your hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh in the North Cotswolds means a nice, gentle start to your holiday.
Mileage: 10 miles
Day 2Golden Stoned Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens
A day dedicated to the Cotswolds towns and villages. We wind our way through the majestic countryside of the Cotswolds, taking in some of the most well-known towns and villages including Chipping Campden and Broadway Tower where we’ll eat lunch. We also visit the stunning Hidcote Gardens, renowned internationally for its series of outdoor rooms, returning to Moreton in Marsh in the evening.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
Day 3Blenheim Palace and its 2000 acre estate – Birthplace of Winston Churchill
We cycle out from the hotel through the beautiful Cotswolds to Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born and a World Heritage Site. The morning’s ride is around 20 miles, through rolling countryside. At Blenheim guests can eat lunch over-looking the Capability Brown parklands and give you ample time to explore the historical palace and walk through some of the 2000 acre estate. We travel into Oxford in the evening for a walk through the historical university town and a dinner out in the city.
Mileage: 20-35 miles
Day 4White Horse Hill, Avebury and Stonehenge – Neolithic Day!
We travel from Burford towards the stunning White Horse Hill to see the beautiful ancient carving atop the Ridgeway. We cycle to lunch in the White Horse pub in Woolstone. After lunch we travel on to Avebury, a village completely surrounded by huge standing stones and onto Stonehenge to complete our Neolithic Day. There is the option to finish at lunchtime and head straight to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon in Bath.
Mileage: 25 miles
Day 5Bath, its Canals, Lacock and Roman Baths
Cycle in the morning around the wonderful canals Bath, along tow paths and towards the town of Bradford on Avon where we then bike out of the Avon Valley to the National Trust village of Lacock, the backdrop for numerous period drama films as well as Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. In the afternoon we loop back into Bath where you can visit the incredible Roman Baths and walk up to the Royal Crescent overlooking the city. Stay overnight once more in Bath, known for its restaurants, bars, culture and arts!
Mileage: 15-35 miles
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a leisurely breakfast we help all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements. Regular direct trains depart from Bath Spa station into London and other mainline stations.
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London Paddington Station, Platform 1, Under the Clock
Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)
End of Tour Location
5 Night’s Accommodation
All Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Roman Baths, Oxford Colleges
Bikes and Equipment
Local Professional Guide
International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
Items of a personal nature
Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
How active is this Cotswolds cycling tour? How fit do I need to be for a cycling holiday?
This tour is rated 2/5 for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests going for a good ride and can handle an incline or two. The terrain we cover is varied. We’ll enjoy some rolling hills, with wonderful downhills and a few climbs which will be a bit more demanding. Your holiday, however, will be tailored by your guide to suit your individual preferences. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range from 10-40 miles.
How do I get to the Cotswolds from near London?
We will pick you up from London and take you out to the Cotswolds ourselves to ensure your journey is hassle free! If you would like to start this tour from somewhere other than London please get in touch!
What are the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A limestone escarpment of rolling green hills and picturesque valleys in the south west of England. It is a quintessentially British area with historical landmarks and pockets of singular beauty throughout.
On this trip, will I see more than just the Cotswolds?
Yes! This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites, that you would not get on a ‘normal’ cycling trip! The Cotswolds stretches from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, its rolling hills and its historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.
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 on our guided trips you will always be with a guide who will lead and look after the group. Our guests have always felt safe and secure when riding with us, 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.