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    Highlights on your Cotswolds Tour

    • Stratford – Shakespeare’s birthplace
    • Blenheim Palace – Birthplace of Churchill
    • Broadway Tower
    • Bampton – Village Scenes from Downton Abbey
    • Stunning Cycling Trails Through the Cotswolds

    Why Book With Us?

    • Outstanding and Highly Reviewed Local Guides and Support Team
    • Hassle Free trips – we take care of everything from routes to luggage, bookings and more
    • Friendly customer care team on hand 365 days a year
    • “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.

    Got a Question?

    Please do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We are always on hand to answer any queries you have relating to your tour.

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    Bike the Cotswolds – Self-Guided

    • 6 Days 5 Nights
    • Apr 01 - Oct 31
    • Type: Self-Guided
    • Difficulty : 3/5
    • Country or Luxury
    • Pickup: Oxford
    What to Expect from our Self-Guided Cotswolds Cycling Holiday

    This Cotswolds tour offers a complete self-guided experience. Return to nature, escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the English countryside by cycling on your own, as a couple or bringing your group of friends with you for a week on two wheels. Cycle at your own pace, in your own time and discover the Cotswolds highlights and hidden gems that dot this fabulous landscape.

    No Hassle Self-Guided Cycling Holiday

    We take all the hassle out of cycling by including all luggage transfers, booking and organising all accommodation, maps, Ride With GPS instructions, and recommending incredible iconic palaces, castles, estates, ancient sites and more to visit along the way.  Guests are saved from packing up early each morning as this itinerary includes a three night, and a two night stay in our excellent hotels.

    Tour Dates Availability and Pricing

    14 Aug 22 – 19 Aug 22

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    21 Aug 22 – 26 Aug 22



    04 Sep 22 – 09 Sep 22



    18 Sep 22 – 23 Sep 22



    21 May 23 – 26 May 23



    11 Jun 23 – 17 Jun 23



    25 Jun 23 – 30 Jun 23



    09 Jul 23 – 14 Jul 23



    06 Aug 23 – 11 Aug 23



    20 Aug 23 – 25 Aug 23



    03 Sep 23 – 08 Sep 23



    17 Sep 23 – 22 Sep 23



    Cotswolds Self-Guided Cycling Itinerary

    Day 1Blenheim Palace and Moreton-in-Marsh

    We collect you at 10.00am at Oxford Station where we fit you up with your bikes and give you a full briefing. On the way out to the Cotswolds there is the opportunity to visit Blenheim Palace, home to Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site before you head into the heart of the Cotswolds with its stunning, picture postcard villages and wonderful pubs! In the afternoon you’ll head to Moreton in Marsh for your first nights accommodation.

    Mileage: 32 miles

    Day 2Golden Stoned Chipping Campden, The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens

    Heading out from the hotel you’ll first visit the stunning gardens (or you can ride right on by!) at Hidcote, known for their American inspired series of garden rooms before heading off the Cotswolds Escarpment and down into Stratford via a disused railway line. Visit the church where Shakespeare was buried and the house where he was born before returning to Moreton in Marsh via the Ebrington Arms – recently voted the best pub in England!

    Mileage: 20-40 miles

    Day 3Broadway Tower, Cotswolds Villages, The Slaughters’ Mill

    You’ll wind our way through the majestic countryside of the Cotswolds, stopping at Broadway Tower for coffee, with its quirky tower and views over 16 counties of England and Wales. The biking is simply stunning today and you’ll also have the opportunity to 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: 20-35 miles

    Day 4Daylesford and Bourton on the Water

    You 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 and 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, Bibury and Bampton

    You’ll bike from Burford, 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 your last night dinner. 

    Mileage: 20-30 miles 

    Day 6Farewells and help with 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.

    Download Detailed Intinerary

    For full information about this tour and to find out all you need to know, download your copy of the detailed itinerary by clicking the button below.

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    Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)

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    Price Includes

    • 5 Night’s Accommodation
    • All Breakfasts
    • Bikes and Equipment
    • Route Maps, GPS (Ride With GPS routes downloaded onto your phone)
    • Luggage Transfers
    • Emergency Transport

    Price Excludes

    • International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
    • Cancellation Insurance
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Blenheim Palace, Broadway Tower
    • Dinners, Lunches and café stops
    • Gratuity for your local guide

    Why go on a self-guided cycle holiday?

    With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveler or groups of travelers; those who wish to travel at their own pace and speed. With Ride With GPS and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Cycle at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is always on standby.

    How do I get to the Cotswolds from near London?

    Taking the train from London, Bristol or the Midlands is an easy 60-90 minute direct journey into the Cotswolds and to the start of our walking tours. This tour begins from Moreton-in-Marsh, a direct 1.5 hour journey from London into the heart of the North Cotswolds, where we meet you off the train and get you straight into the countryside to begin your wonderful week of cycling.

    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 guests have always felt safe and secure when riding our routes, 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.


    Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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    Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided