Our self guided cycle 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 where we step inside the world of King and Queens and take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn; home to the Queen, the site of Henry VIII’s grave and monarchs since 1066, Windsor is a “must see”. We will also bike around Windsor Great Park for 10 miles to soak up the atmosphere and get you used to biking in England. If a guided group is cycling with us on this week, self-guiders will join the main group on this first day’s introductory ride.
Mileage: 10 miles
A day dedicated to the Cotswolds. Bike in the morning to the stunning Broadway Tower overlooking the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, cycling onwards to the famous golden stoned Chipping Campden and up towards the beautiful gardens at Hidcote. Following lunch, ride over rolling hills to visit the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water, some of the best known and quaint towns the Cotswolds has to offer. The full loop returns you to your hotel in Moreton in Marsh.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. Blenheim has an illustrious history, including as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, its stunning architecture and Capability Brown landscaped estate. The morning takes a stunning Cotswolds 20 mile bike ride right into the Palace itself. In the afternoon guests have ample time to explore the palace and gardens before continuing their bike ride to their hotel in the pretty market town of Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds. Guests are welcome to join guided tours in the afternoon, for a small charge, travelling into Oxford for an evening meal in the city of dreaming spires.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
Ride out from Burford towards White Horse Hill, with its incredible chalk carving sat atop this Neolithic Ridgeway. At White Horse Hill self guided guests are welcome to join guided guests as we journey by support vehicle on towards Avebury (Stonehenge but bigger!) and Stonehenge itself to complete our Neolithic day! There is also the option to finish the day at lunchtime and travel straight to the city of Bath and our accommodation for the evening
Mileage: 15-25 miles
Cycle along the canals and aqueducts surrounding this beautiful spa town. In the afternoon there is the option to visit the Roman Baths, and to explore the Georgian architecture including The Royal Crescent, the city’s connection with Jane Austen and of course to shop! The day ends at your hotel in the centre of Bath.
Mileage: 20-30 miles
Our tour finishes after breakfast as our guides help you with all of your ongoing travel arrangements! Many choose to spend an extra day or two in Bath, with Bath’s train station located just a short walk from our hotel.
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and delicious food – just see Trip Advisor for The Lamb. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked pubs. Luggage will be transferred between hotels and no evening meals are included in this tour.
Bike as much or as little as you like, on every self guided cycle tour in the Cotswolds a support vehicle is on hand to help you with their biking logistics. 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 all bike types, preferences and sizes are catered for. Helmets as standard, just bring you shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.