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“The Cotswold is a riders paradise. Gentle rolling hills among green fields, flowers, country estates and charming villages… The roads are small, smooth and seldom travelled by more than a few cars, a tractor and some horses. Scenery is lovely and the villages are charming. You really step back in time for a week.” B.H.
“If you are looking for an excellent, outstanding, and most of all, just plain fun vacation…this is it!!!” S.G.
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What to Expect from our Self-Guided Cotswolds Cycling Holiday
This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites, you would not normally get to visit on a ‘normal’ self-guided cycling holiday, including Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge, Bath and its Roman Baths – all World Heritage Sites, touring the famous university town of Oxford and the Royal Palace of Windsor Castle.
Return to nature, escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the English countryside by cycling on your own, as a couple or bringing your group of friends with you for a week on two wheels.
No Hassle Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
We take all the hassle out of cycling by including all luggage transfers, booking and organising all accommodation, maps, Ride With GPS instructions, and recommending incredible iconic palaces, castles, estates, ancient sites and more to visit along the way.
Cotswolds Self-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 to Windsor, 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 a tour of the historic deer park. 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
This is a day dedicated to the Cotswolds towns and villages! Wind your way through the majestic countryside of the Cotswolds, taking in some of the most well-known towns and villages including Chipping Campden, and onto the majestic Broadway Tower, a folly with views across to Wales! Journey to visit the stunning Hidcote Gardens, renowned 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 Churchill
Cycle out from the hotel through the beautiful Cotswolds to World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born. The morning’s ride is around 20 miles through rolling countryside. At Blenheim guests can eat lunch over-looking the Capability Brown parklands with ample time to explore the historical palace and walk through some of the 2000 acre estate. The ride continues to your hotel in Burford in the evening. Instead of an afternoon ride, self guided guests are welcome to join our guided group, for a small charge, as we travel into Oxford in the evening for a walk through the historic university town and a dinner out in the city.
Mileage: 20 miles
Day 4White Horse Hill, Avebury and Stonehenge – Neolithic Day!
Ride from Burford towards the stunning White Horse Hill to see the beautiful ancient carving atop the Ridgeway. Cycle to lunch in the White Horse pub in Woolstone. After lunch, self-guided guests are again welcome to travel on with our guided group to Avebury, a village completely surrounded by 5000 year old huge stones, and on to Stonehenge to complete our Neolithic Day. There is the option to finish at lunchtime 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 of Bath, along tow paths towards Bradford on Avon then bike, then head out of the Avon Valley to the National Trust village of Lacock, the backdrop for numerous period dramas as well al 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.
Download Detailed Intinerary
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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 Nights' Accommodation
Bikes and Equipment
Route Maps, GPS (Ride With GPS routes downloaded onto your phone)
Transport as stated, to iconic sites
International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
Items of a personal nature
Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Roman Baths, Oxford Colleges
Dinners, Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
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’ self-guided 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.
Why go on a self-guided cycle holiday?
With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveler or groups of travelers; those who wish to travel at their own pace and speed. With Ride With GPS and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Cycle at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is always on standby.
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!
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.
Is this a good cycling holiday for beginners?
Yes! We plan the routes and stops, providing you with Ride with GPS so you follow every turn, and we can adapt routes – you choose how far you challenge yourself! We book accommodation and your luggage will be waiting for you at each hotel, and there is an emergency support vehicle ready if needed! It is a great way to have a hassle free cycle holiday. The Cotswolds are a beautiful area to explore, with quiet country lanes, rolling hills and open countryside, safe in the knowledge that you are never too far from the next village! We offer road, hybrid or electric bikes, as well as helmets and other equipment, so all you need to bring are clothes you can cycle in, and enthusiasm! If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your needs.