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This Cotswolds tour offers a complete self-guided experience. 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. Cycle at your own pace, in your own time and discover the Cotswolds highlights and hidden gems that dot this fabulous landscape.
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. Guests are saved from packing up early each morning as this itinerary includes a three night, and a two night stay in our excellent hotels.
Guests arrive at lunchtime in Moreton in Marsh, a 90 minute direct journey from London Paddington. Our guides will meet you at the station and settle you into your hotel. We give you a full and detailed briefing on the tour and set you off on an introductory afternoon ride around the stunning North Cotswolds.
Mileage: 20 miles
Guests ride through the beautiful countryside, through Broad Campden, famous for its topiary, and onto to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, with its honey coloured medieval buildings and market hall, built on the back of the wool trade. Our route takes you through to the wonderful Hidcote Gardens and its eccentric series of American inspired ‘outdoor rooms’. For those wishing to cycle further, you can ride down a disused railway line right into the heart of Stratford itself, the birthplace of Shakespeare, and also where he is buried. The route then winds its way back through the Cotswolds to your hotel in Moreton in Marsh.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
Guests ride out towards to Broadway Tower, a striking folly perched on the top of the Cotswold escarpment, from where you can see 16 counties and all the way to Wales. Today’s route takes guests through the glorious Cotswold countryside, winding its way through tiny picturesque villages, including the famous Lower Slaughter with its old Mill house and little bridge over the gently flowing river. The route circles back to guests’ hotel in Moreton in Marsh for the evening.
Mileage: 20-33 miles
From Moreton-in-Marsh you cycle out over rolling hills to the palatial country birthplace of Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site, is surrounded by a magnificent 2000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped estate, and you can cycle directly up to the Palace itself along its serpentine lakes and twisting paths. After an afternoon of exploring the palace, our route lead you to your new hotel in the pretty market town of Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds.
Mileage: 23-38 miles
Bike out along the Windrush Valley, commonly known at the “Happy Valley” through beautiful little towns and villages, including Bourton on the Water (the Venice of the Cotswolds), Northleach, Bibury (the village that Henry Ford loved so much he wanted to ship back to the USA!) and circle back to Burford for the evening.
Today is a half day on the bike. Guests head out on a wonderfully flat route through the Cotswolds to the beautiful Cotswold town of Bampton, home to the hit show Downton Abbey – the village where all the outside filming is completed! Following the morning’s cycle we transfer all guests to Oxford in the afternoon and help them with their ongoing travel arrangements.
Mileage: 15 miles
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Moreton in Marsh Station
12noon – 2pm
Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)
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.
Taking the train from London, Bristol or the Midlands is an easy 60-90 minute direct journey into the Cotswolds and to the start of our walking tours. This tour begins from Moreton-in-Marsh, a direct 1.5 hour journey from London into the heart of the North Cotswolds, where we meet you off the train and get you straight into the countryside to begin your wonderful week of cycling.
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.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills, its name stemming from ‘Cote’ meaning sheep enclosure and ‘wold’ meaning hills. There are therefore lots of hills and incredible views from the top! However, you will able to miss out some of the steeper inclines – or add in some trickier climbs for those looking to stretch their legs. There are routes for everyone and with our routes we can tailor your tour to your preferences.