What to Expect from our Self-Guided Cotswolds Cycling Holiday
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.
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.
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 Autumn 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 after a meet and greet to orient you to your area and set you up to your bikes, you can cycle 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 – a great spot for 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 Churchill
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 with ample time to explore the historical palace and walk through some of the 2000 acre estate. The ride continues to our hotel in Burford in the evening.
Mileage: 20 miles
Day 3Bourton on the Water, Bibury and Arlington Row
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. You ride 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 its wonderful stone buildings strung out along the banks of the River Coln. Our routes lead you back in the evening to Burford and your hotel.
Mileage: 25 miles
Day 4Bampton (Downton Abbey's outdoor scenes) and into Oxford
From Burford you 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, cycle on to lunch at the quirky Aston Pottery where we will pick you up and transfer you in the early afternoon into Oxford. Oxford station has frequent departures to London and our guides will help you with any ongoing travel arrangements you have.
Mileage: 25 miles
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Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)
End of Tour Location
3 Night’s 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 Blenheim Palace, Hidcote Gardens, Broadway Tower
Dinners, Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
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 Moreton in Marsh, a direct 90 minute journey from London Paddington and take you out into the heart of the Cotswolds to ensure your journey is hassle free! If you would like to start this tour from somewhere other than Moreton 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.