We will meet you in Oxford, which is about 1 hour outside of London (trains go directly from London Paddington to Oxford Station). First, we’ll fit you with your bikes, give you maps, GPS and written instructions and give you a safety briefing. We then ride out of Oxford into the countryside, stopping for lunch in Woodstock, before cycling in the Cotswolds. The day ends at the beautiful market town of Moreton in Marsh.
Mileage: 33 miles
After stunning ride through the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired, Hidcote Gardens you will arrive in Stratford in the early afternoon. In Stratford, you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Guests then bike back for a back for a total of 39 miles.
Mileage: 39 miles, shorter options (20-25 miles) available
Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds, with its chocolate box villages dotted amongst a patchwork quilt of fields and woods. This area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes for the perfect relaxed day in the saddle with 20 mile and 30 mile options. Through the Slaughters, Northleach, Bibury the day ends at the Gateway to the Cotswolds, Burford.
Mileage: 20-30 miles
Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an illustrious history, stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown. Our route travels through the stunning Cotswolds right into the Palace with routes from 20 miles through to over 40.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
We begin by cycling in the Cotswolds, via Bampton where all the outdoor shots of Downton Abbey are filmed, to arrive in Oxford in the early afternoon. We tour around the City of Oxford, where you’ll get a chance to visit the colleges and learn about its rich history on a walking tour.
Mileage: 25-50 miles
Journeying from Burford to the mysterious White Horse Hill atop the Ridgeway and then onto Avebury (Stonehenge but bigger!), we then travel to Stonehenge itself for a tour of these grand Neolithic stones. A ride of 25 miles and then an afternoon of sightseeing allows guests a half day off the bike. The day will end in Tetbury, home to Prince Charles.
Mileage: 25 miles
Bath is a stunning 20-mile ride down an old roman road, right into the centre of this beautiful city. The Roman Baths, Jane Austen, the Georgian architecture including the Royal Crescent are unmissable. Many will ride all the way back to the hotel, although the majority choose to miss the large hill out of the city.
Mileage: 20-30 miles
The morning sees you cycling you cycle through the beautiful South Cotswolds, on your last ride of the tour. After lunch we transfer guests to Oxford or the nearest mainline railway station to enable quick and easy on-going travel (only 1 hour to London).
Mileage: up to 20 miles
Exceptional accommodation with the best hotel group in the Cotswolds, in the small market towns and villages that make the Cotswolds famous.
Beautifully positioned in striking distance of all the historic points of interest our guests sleep and eat right in the heart of the country. With food from the best local chefs, our cuisine has come a long way in the last 30 years! Active England tours enable guests to cheerfully immerse themselves in everything that’s great about England.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times and a daily “bailout” option on the self-guided tours ensures guests only need to bike the miles that suit them.
Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.
With a fleet of bikes from Giant all bike types, including e-bikes, are catered for. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.