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Cotswolds Cyclists salute Polite Cotswold Drivers

At Active England Tours, our guests criss-cross our stunning landscape throughout the summer and in a rare acknowledgement, we want to salute the drivers of the Cotswolds for their continuing polite and friendly approach to our groups.

We have grown our Active England Tours by 100% after another hugely successful year, and a large part of making our guests comfortable and at ease while out riding is due to our Cotswold drivers.

 

Relaxed Biking in the Cotswolds

Our guests are mainly from North America and, although fit and active, they are not used to cycling on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. They are sometimes wary of the roads and do not know what to expect. Our standard line “you have nothing to worry about, there is much less traffic than you think and our road users are really respectful,” inevitably results in worried looks and furrowed brows.

However, after a couple of days our guests, almost to a man, comment that our drivers keep their distance, are very rarely aggressive and making biking through our backroads an absolute pleasure. Often our guests will get into a conversation with the road users, pass the time of day and enhance the immersive experience of biking through the Cotswolds.

Our North American friends, especially the New Yorkers cannot believe that road users do not honk their horn or hurl abuse as they drive through our landscape and are even more surprised when they are waved at and thanked along the way.

There are sometimes a couple of exceptions to the almost exclusively genial drivers, one in the morning after school drop-off and one at 4pm where we experience the occasional inconsiderate driver, who tend to be either in a black Range Rover or in a white van. We call it our one “idiot” a day rule. Our simple message is to ask them to just slow down especially when cornering as you never know what will be around the bend.

Best Cycling in England – The Cotswolds

Bikes, horses, dog walkers, ramblers and drivers co-exist happily together in what has to be one of the best places to cycle in England and long may this continue.

Active England Tours depart every week from a London pick-up and visit all of the following places, Windsor, Stratford, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle and the Kennet and Avon Canal in a week of relaxed cycling through the stunning backdrop of the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Autumn Cycling -   Self-Guided Weekend 

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn– SG Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks  Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

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Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

Lake District Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Lake District Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

Lake District Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Lake District Adventure Break- 4 Day 

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall – 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Hadrian’s Wall - Self-Guided

Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day 

Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day 

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Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cornwall Adventure Weekend– 4 Day

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Cornwall Adventure Weekend - 4 Day Active Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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