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    Highlights on your Cotswolds Tour

    • Blenheim Palace – Birthplace of Winston Churchill
    • Chipping Campden
    • Hidcote Gardens
    • Broadway Tower
    • Stunning Cycling Trails Through the Cotswolds


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      Bike the Cotswolds – Guided

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      • 6 Days 5 Nights
      • Apr 01 - Oct 31
      • Type: Guided
      • Difficulty : 2/5
      • Carbon: 53Kg CO2e
      • Pickup: London
      What to Expect from our Iconic Cotswolds Biking Holiday

      Join one of our small group bike departures for 6-days and 5-nights. This cycling tour will lead you through honey coloured Cotswold villages and busy little market towns, over rolling hills and down country lanes.

      The Cotswolds is perfect biking country and only a short 1 hour train ride from London Paddington. You will explore the quiet backroads and be transported back into England as it was before mechanisation, where sheep and dry-stone walling were the biggest industries. The routes are designed for all levels of cycling with a maximum elevation of 1750 ft, with shorter options available every day and e-bikes! With stunning views around every corner, excellent accommodation, wonderful pubs and beautiful cuisine, Active England will give you an experience you won’t forget.

       

      Tour Dates Availability and Pricing

      21 May 23 – 26 May 23

      Limited Availability

      £1,999.00

      04 Jun 23 – 09 Jun 23

      Available

      £1,999.00

      11 Jun 23 – 16 Jun 23

      Available

      £1,999.00

      18 Jun 23 – 23 Jun 23

      Limited Availability

      £1,999.00

      25 Jun 23 – 30 Jun 23

      Limited Availability

      £1,999.00

      02 Jul 23 – 07 Jul 23

      Limited Availability

      £1,999.00

      06 Aug 23 – 11 Aug 23

      Available

      £1,999.00

      20 Aug 23 – 25 Aug 23

      Available

      £1,999.00

      03 Sep 23 – 08 Sep 23

      Limited Availability

      £1,999.00

      17 Sep 23 – 22 Sep 23

      Available

      £1,999.00

      Cotswolds Guided Cycling Itinerary

      Day 1Golden Stoned Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens

      A day dedicated to the Cotswolds towns and villages. We meet you just before 9am at Moreton in Marsh train station, a 1hr30 direct train ride from London. We will set you up with your bikes and set off to 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 the majestic Broadway Tower for lunch. You will also visit the stunning Hidcote Gardens, renowned for its series of ‘outdoor rooms’ and finish the day in Moreton in Marsh, at your hotel.

      Mileage: 20-40 miles

      Day 2Broadway, Chipping Campden and The Slaughters

      We wind our way through the majestic countryside of the Cotswolds, stopping at Broadway Tower for coffee, with its quirky tower and views over 13 counties of England and Wales. We also visit some of the most well-known towns and villages including Chipping Campden and the Slaughters before returning to Moreton in Marsh in the evening.

      Mileage: 20-25 miles

      Day 3Blenheim Palace - 2000 acre estate where Winston Churchill was born!

      We cycle out from the hotel through the beautiful Cotswolds to Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and Winston Churchill’s birthplace. The ride is around 20 miles, through wonderful, rolling countryside. At Blenheim guests can eat lunch overlooking the Capability Brown parklands and will be given ample time to explore the historic Palace and walk through the 2000 acre estate. In the afternoon we bike back towards Moreton in Marsh, stopping in one of the best pubs known to man – the Chequers in Churchill on the way back! 

      Mileage: 20-35 miles

      Day 4Daylesford and Bourton-on-the-Water

      We travel from Moreton in Marsh to Daylesford for coffee (one of the most upmarket farm shops you will ever see!) before having lunch in the Venice of the Cotswolds at Bourton on the Water. After lunch we head to Burford, our next hotel in one of the prettiest Cotswold towns there is, renowned for its bustling High St and atmosphere. 

      Mileage: 25 miles

      Day 5Burford and Bibury

      We travel from Burford, biking towards Bibury, a village so pretty that Henry Ford wanted to transfer it (in its entirety) back to the USA! We lunch at a trout farm and then head to Bampton for Downton Abbey fans (it’s the village where all the outdoor filming is done), before arriving back in Burford for our last night dinner together. 

      Day 6Farewells and ongoing travel

      Our tour ends after breakfast, where we help guests with their ongoing travel arrangements, most often from Charlbury train station, a short transfer from the hotel.

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      Trip Details

      Initial Pickup Location

      Meet and Greet Location: London

      Pickup Time

      08:30am

      Accommodation

      Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)

      End Of Tour Location

      The Cotswolds, for easy transfer to London.

      Price Includes

      • 5 Night’s Accommodation
      • All Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
      • Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Blenheim Palace
      • Bikes and Equipment
      • Luggage Transfers
      • Transport Throughout
      • Local Professional Guide

      Price Excludes

      • International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
      • Cancellation Insurance
      • Items of a personal nature
      • Lunches and café stops
      • Dinner Drinks
      • Gratuity for your local guide
      Cotswolds Map
      FAQ

      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. You may also upgrade to an electric bike. 

      How do I get to the Cotswolds from near London?

      Our cycling holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. Travel from London, Bristol or the Midlands is an easy hour journey to the start of our bike tours. This tour begins from Moreton-in-Marsh, a direct 1.5 hour train ride out of London, so that you can begin your holiday stress-free.

      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.

      Why not top or tail your Cotswolds tour with a visit to London?

      The perfect way to experience London like a local with specially curated tours that can be added pre or post your trip of choice.

      Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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      Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided