2019 Dates: Every Sunday from April 14
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 to we step inside the world of Kings and Queens and take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn, Windsor is a “must see”. We stop for a pint in the King and Castle, overlooking the Castle itself, for a relaxed finish to the day!
Mileage: Biking, 10 miles. Walking, 4 miles.
A beautiful day through the North Cotswolds, via Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired, Hidcote Gardens. We will arrive for a walk around Shakespeare’s Stratford in the early afternoon. On the way back we visit the wonderful North Cotswold Brewery for a tour of its operation and then onto one of the breweries most well-known pubs, The Ebrington Arms, the Sunday Times Pub of the Year 2017, to sample some of its exquisite offerings!
Mileage: Biking, 20-40 miles. Walking, 4-10 miles.
This area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes for the perfect relaxed day. We visit the Broadway Tower, Snowshill, journey through the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water, before heading back to Moreton in the Marsh via the beautiful Donnington Brewery and the Fox at Broadwell for a late afternoon pint!
Mileage: Biking, 20-35 miles. Walking, 4-9 miles
Blenheim Palace, a 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 takes us through the stunning Cotswolds right into the Palace where we provide guests with a delicious picnic over looking the parkland. Our afternoon ride and walk takes us into the picturesque town of Burford, via the Wychwood Brewery and the legendary Hobgoblin beer.
Mileage: Biking, 20-45 miles. Walking, 4-9 miles.
We head through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots of the hit show Downton Abbey are filmed, we will arrive in Oxford in the early afternoon. We walk around the City of Oxford, visiting the colleges and touring some of the most vibrant pubs in the city, including the pub where Bill Clinton was reported to have smoked dope but, apparently, didn’t inhale! We then then to Burford in the evening.
Mileage: Biking, 15-35 miles. Walking, 4-7 miles
We travel out of the Cotswolds towards the stunning White Horse Hill, atop the Ridgeway. Biking and walking will end after lunch in the White Horse pub in Woolstone. We will then transport guests to Oxford, Bath or a mainline station by mid-afternoon.
Mileage: Biking, 15-25 miles. Walking, 4-6 miles.
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for The Manor Hotel (nights 1-3). Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.
Bike or walk 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 travel 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 and flat bar, drop bar, road, hybrid and e-bike options all bike types are catered for. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals, if you have them, and away you go.