Our tour offers a ‘pure’ self-guided experience, allowing you the freedom to travel at you own pace, in your own time, while providing luggage transfers between the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning cuisine.
Guests arrive at lunchtime by train from London Paddington into Moreton in Marsh, a 90 minute direct journey. Our guides will meet you at the station and settle you into your hotel. We’ll give you a full and detailed briefing on the tour and set you off on an introductory afternoon ride around the stunning North Cotswolds.
Mileage: 20 miles
Guests ride through the beautiful countryside, through Broad Campden, famous for its topiary, and onto to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, with its honey coloured medieval buildings and market hall, built on the back of the wool trade. Our route takes you through to the wonderful Hidcote Gardens and its eccentric series of American inspired ‘outdoor rooms’. For those wishing to cycle further, you can ride down a disused railway line right into the heart of Stratford itself, the birthplace of Shakespeare. The route then winds its way back through the Cotswolds to your hotel in Moreton in the Marsh.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
Guests ride out towards to Broadway Tower, a striking folly tower perched on the top of the Cotswold escarpment, from where you can see 16 counties and all the way to Wales. Today’s route takes guests through the glorious Cotswold countryside. The day winds its way through tiny picturesque villages, including the famous Slaughters with its old mill and slow flowing river. The route circles back to guests’ hotel in Moreton in Marsh for the evening.
Mileage: 20-35 miles
From Moreton-in-Marsh, you cycle out over rolling hills to the palatial country birthplace of Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site, is surrounded by a magnificent 2000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped estate. You can cycle directly up to the Palace itself along its serpentine lakes and twisting paths. After an afternoon of exploring the palace, our routes lead you to your new hotel in the pretty market town of Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds.
Mileage: 25-40 miles
Our route out of Burford follows the river Windrush Valley, taking a step backwards in time into England before mechanisation, through exceptional villages, and our most popular highlights of the tour. Bourton-on-the-Water is a particular favourite with our guests, as is the famous town of Bibury, known for its picturesque row of mill workers’ houses and gardens.
Mileage: 25-35 miles
Today is a half day on the bike. Guests head out on a wonderfully flat route through the Cotswolds to the beautiful Cotswold town of Bampton. Bampton is home to the hit show Downton Abbey – its the village where all the outside filming is completed! Following the morning’s cycle we take all guests to Oxford by bus in the afternoon and help them with their ongoing travel arrangements, direct trains into London or other locations.
Mileage: 15 miles
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food. Further 3* options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked pubs.