The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the clock on Platform 1. We then jump on the bus and travel the one hour to Windsor where we step inside the world of King and Queens and take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn; home to the Queen, the site of Henry VIII’s grave and monarchs since 1066, Windsor is a “must see”. We will also bike around Windsor Great Park for 10-15 miles to soak up the atmosphere and get you used to biking in England.
Mileage: 10-15 miles
We have a beautiful North Cotswolds bike ride in the morning through the golden-stoned Chipping Campden and the amazing American inspired Hidcote Gardens. We arrive in Stratford in the early afternoon where you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Many take the opportunity to ride back in the support vehicle and take the rest of the day off, whilst those who want to can bike back for a total of 39 miles. (There is also an opportunity to watch an evening play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Mileage: 20-40 miles
A day dedicated to the Cotswolds. In the morning we bike to the stunning Broadway Tower at the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds and see the stunning lavender fields at Snowshill. Following lunch we visit the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water, some of the best known and quaint towns the Cotswolds has to offer. We stay in Moreton in Marsh and there is the opportunity for a ½ day out the saddle should you want to.
Mileage: 20-35 miles
Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. Blenheim has an illustrious history, including as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, its stunning architecture and Capability Brown landscaped estate. The morning takes a stunning Cotswolds bike ride right into the Palace itself with routes from 20 miles through to over 40. The day ends in the beautiful market town of Burford, the gateway to the Cotswolds.
Mileage: 20-45 miles
We ride through the flatter part of the Cotswolds in the morning, via Bampton, where the outdoor scenes of Downton Abbey are shot. We arrive in Oxford after lunch for a full tour of the most famous university city in the world. Our tour of the city includes Harry Potter locations, the magnificent Christchurch College and its famous pubs! We head back to Burford, via the support vehicle in the late afternoon.
Mileage: 15-35 miles
We ride out of the Cotswolds towards White Horse Hill, the Neolithic Ridgeway and the Longbarrow at Wayland Smithy. There is the opportunity to visit the home of Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) – home to the Carnarvon family and of course the Crawleys, on tours between early July and mid-September. Taking this option will mean no biking on day 6. The tour will end after the trip to White Horse Hill. We will help guests with all ongoing travel arrangements, back into London or to other locations.
Mileage: 15-25 miles
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked pubs. Four evening meals are included in the tour price.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times. A daily “bailout” option on the self-guided tours ensures guests only need to bike the miles that suit them. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go. Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.