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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 traveled 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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Our 6-day, 5-night tour will lead you through our stunning Cotswold countryside, through fields and over rolling hills to stay in honey coloured Cotswold villages and bustling market towns and we’re going to do it in as green a way as we can. All travel and transfers are on public transport and with zero use of plastic and food sourced in as locally as possible we’re delighted to operate this tour in as sustainably as possible. The Cotswold hills are perfect biking country, taking winding lanes and quiet roads, you will feel transported back into England as it was before mechanisation, where sheep and dry-stone walling were the biggest industries. We’ll also visit Oxford, Churchill’s Blenheim Palace and some of the most wonderful Cotswold towns and villages known to man!
With stunning views around every corner, excellent accommodation, wonderful pubs and beautiful cuisine, Active England will give you an experience you won’t forget.
E-bikes are available on each tour!
Green Cycling Holidays Near London
Our cycling holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. We pick up guests from Oxford and take you straight 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.
Go Green Cotswolds Guided Cycling Itinerary
Day 1Oxford and into the Cotswolds
We collect you at 9.00am from Oxford Railway Station and we’ll set out straight away, with a stunning ride around Oxford City where we’ll pass by some of the colleges and get the inside track on this great city. We head out of the city on the side of the canal, before passing Blenheim Palace (it’s possible to stop here should guests want to – Blenheim is leading the way with it’s sustainable vision to be carbon neutral by 2027) We’ll bike past Clarkson’s Farm and whatever you think of him, he is certainly trying to be considerably more sustainable than in his previous life! Our ride ends in Moreton in Marsh and our hotel for the night.
Day 2The Glorious Cotswolds
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 visit the stunning Hidcote Gardens, renowned internationally for its series of outdoor rooms. After coffee we drop off the Cotswolds escarpment and bike down a dis-used railway line all the way into Stratford, picking up some local cheese and ham for a picnic lunch on the banks of the river Avon. In the afternoon we can visit the Bard’s birthplace and the church where he is buried before heading back home, via the wonderful Ebrington Arms, which brews it’s own beer, known affectionately by the locals as “Yubby”.
OPTIONS: 20 miles / 30 miles / 40 miles Rolling Countryside
Day 3Broadway Tower, The Slaughters, Bourton on the Water
We cycle out from the hotel from towards Broadway Tower, where the views are magnificent – 16 counties and Wales laid out like a patchwork quilt before heading down hill for a delicious few miles through the lavender fields at Snowshill and onto the Bourton on the Water, via the Slaughters (two of the most famous villages in the region). We lunch in Bourton on the Water in the local bakery – the Bakery on the Water – and then head south towards Burford, our home for the next two nights.
Day 4Burford and the Windrush Valley
We travel from Burford in a loop down the Windrush Valley, past the Sherbourne Estate and down towards the beautiful little village of Bibury where we eat the local trout farmed from the river less than 100m from the café! After lunch we continue towards Burford through the gently rolling countryside, stopping at the famous Swan in Swinbrook before rolling into Burford in the late afternoon.
OPTIONS: 25-30 miles Gently Rolling
Day 6Bampton (Downton Abbey and into Oxford - Farewells and Ongoing Travel
In the morning we bike back towards Oxford, stopping for coffee / lunch at an award winning local farm shop and visiting Bampton, home to much of the filming of Downton Abbey. In the afternoon we head back to Oxford and the end of the journey where you’ll be re-united with your luggage for your onward journey.
OPTIONS: 15 miles / 30 miles Flat
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Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Blenheim Palace, 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
Dinners x 3 and all Dinner Drinks
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.