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!
The Cotswolds is perfect biking country, taking the quietest roads you will feel transported back into England as it was before mechanisation, where sheep and dry-stone walling were the biggest industries. Relax and enjoy the ride from palaces to country pubs.
Cycling Holidays Near London, Away From the Crowds
Our cycling holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. We pick up guests from Moreton in Marsh, a direct 90 minute train journey from London Paddington, and take you straight into the countryside away from the crowds, through 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.
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.
Cotswolds Guided Cycling Itinerary
Day 1Golden Stoned Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens
We collect you at 9am from Moreton in Marsh train station, a direct 90 minute journey from London Paddington, and walk straight out into 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 overlooking 13 counties and, on a clear day, with views all the way to Wales. 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 2Blenheim 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 3000 acre estate. We cycle out of the palace in the afternoon with the option to cycle along country lanes all the way to your hotel in Burford, ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, in the evening. There are options to cycle or take the support vehicle on the way back, perhaps via the pretty country pub at Swinbrook, famous as the home of the Mitford Sisters, along the river Windrush.
Mileage: 20-35 miles
Day 3Bourton on the Water, Bibury and Arlington Row
We cycle South out from Burford down quiet lanes and past old manor houses towards Bourton-on-the-water, known for its beauty in the Summer and for the stream running through the centre of the village. We cycle from here in a loop back towards Burford, stopping in Bibury, famous for its row of weavers cottages, Arlington Row, pictured inside the cover of British passports. It’s easy to see why William Morris called Bibury ‘The most beautiful village in England’ – with it’s wonderful stone buildings strung out along the banks of the River Coln. We return in the evening to Burford and your hotel, by bike or support vehicle.
Mileage: 25 miles
Day 4Bampton (Downton Abbey outdoor scenes and church) and Oxford
From Burford we cycle along a beautifully flat path towards Bampton, winding alongside fields before arriving into the village where the outdoor and village scenes in Downton Abbey were filmed, including St Mary’s Church – renamed St Michael and All Angels in the hit tv show. From here we cycle on to lunch at the quirky Aston Pottery and transfer in the early afternoon into Oxford. Oxford station has frequent departures to London and our guides will say their farewells and help you with any ongoing travel arrangements you have.
Mileage: 15-25 miles
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All Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Blenheim Palace, Broadway Tower, Hidcote Gardens
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 Moreton in Marsh Station, a direct 90 minute journey from London Paddington to 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 Moreton in Marsh 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! As well as the winding lanes and rolling hills, you’ll visit palaces, gardens, towers and more as you journey through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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.