Weekly (start in Oxford) from 8 April 2018
And when you’re not taking in all this wonderful heritage and culture you’ll be biking through the stunning countryside of the Cotswolds, soaking in England at its “Chocolate Box” best.
We will meet you in Oxford, which is about 1 hour outside of London (trains go directly from London Paddington to Oxford Station). We will fit you with your bikes, give you maps, GPS and written instructions and give you a safety briefing. Ride out of Oxford and stop for lunch in Woodstock, home of Winston Churchill and then head into the Cotswolds. The day ends at the beautiful market town of Moreton in Marsh. The total mileage for the day is 33 miles although we can shorten the day and give you a lift in the support vehicle out into the Cotswolds.
Mileage: 33 miles (shorter options available)
With beautiful ride through the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired Hidcote Gardens you will arrive in Stratford in the early afternoon after a 20-mile ride. In Stratford, you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Guests then bike back for a back for a total of 39 miles. 20 and 30 miles are available via a lift in the support vehicle.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
A day dedicated to the Cotswolds. We bike to the stunning Broadway Tower at the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, see the stunning lavender fields at Snowshill and after lunch visit the Slaughters, the Swells and some of the best known and iconic treats the Cotswolds has to offer. We stay in Moreton in Marsh and there is the opportunity for a ½ day out the saddle should you want to (either morning or afternoon).
Mileage: 20-30 miles
Blenheim Palace, the 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 travels through the stunning Cotswolds right into the Palace with routes from 20 miles through to over 40. Overnight is at the stunning Lamb in Burford.
Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots of Downton Abbey are shot, we will arrive in Oxford for a full tour of the most famous university city in the World, including Harry Potter locations, the magnificent Christchurch College and great atmosphere and pubs! Returning to the Lamb in Burford in the evening, we will give you a lift back!
Mileage: various routes up to 30 miles
We ride out of the Cotswolds towards White Horse Hill, the Neolithic Ridgeway and the Longbarrow at Wayland Smith. We also hold the traditional “King of the Mountains” competition (not really)! The tour will end after the trip to White Horse Hill. We will help guests with all ongoing travel arrangements, back into London or to other locations.
Mileage: Various routes up to 28 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 House Hotel. 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.
Our self-guided tours are designed to be as flexible as possible, with daily options on the length of ride you would like.
The roads are generally very quiet and our drivers really respectful. All guests will be given a full safety briefing, GPS / Garmin, written instructions and a detailed map and guests choose which method of route planning they require. Panniers are also available.
Should there be a major equipment issue we are on hand (normally within the hour) to 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.
All luggage is transferred between hotels.