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The Cotswolds is the largest area of outstanding beauty to be found in the UK. The many dry stone walls, made of local limestone, stretch to a length equivalent to the Great Wall of China!

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Cycle the Cotswolds

Bridlington CYCLE THE COTSWOLDS ~ 6 DAY SELF-GUIDED ITINERARY,
From Euro 1095.00 pps

Our Cycle The Cotswolds bike tour offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the best of the Cotswolds and pedal at your own pace. This is a magical mix of must see Cotswolds highlights and the hidden gems that dot this fabulous landscape. Your carefully chosen hotels are the best in the Cotswolds, providing wonderful cuisine and a relaxing environment to rest weary feet at the end of the day.

Day 1: North Cotswolds Introductory Ride
Guests arrive at lunchtime in Moreton in Marsh, a 90 minute direct journey from London Paddington. Our guides will meet you at the station and settle you into your hotel. We 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

Day 2: Golden Stoned Chipping Campden and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
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, and also where he is buried. The route then winds its way back through the Cotswolds to your hotel in Moreton in Marsh.
Mileage: 20-40 miles

Day 3: Broadway Tower, Cotswolds Villages, The Slaughters’ Mill
Guests ride out towards to Broadway Tower, a striking folly 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, winding its way through tiny picturesque villages, including the famous Lower Slaughter with its old Mill house and little bridge over the gently flowing river. The route circles back to guests’ hotel in Moreton in Marsh for the evening.
Mileage: 20-33 miles

Day 4: Blenheim Palace ~ Birthplace of Winston Churchill
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, and you can cycle directly up to the Palace itself along its serpentine lakes and twisting paths. After an afternoon of exploring the palace, our route lead you to your new hotel in the pretty market town of Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds.
Mileage: 23-38 miles

Day 5: The Windrush Valley, Bourton on the Water, Bibury and Arlington Row
Bike out along the Windrush Valley, commonly known at the “Happy Valley” through beautiful little towns and villages, including Bourton on the Water (the Venice of the Cotswolds), Northleach, Bibury (the village that Henry Ford loved so much he wanted to ship back to the USA!) and circle back to Burford for the evening.

Day 6: Cotswolds, Bampton Village, Oxford, Farewells and Ongoing Travel
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, home to the hit show Downton Abbey – the village where all the outside filming is completed! Sadly this afternoon we bid you farewll. Following the morning’s cycle we transfer you to Oxford to continue with their ongoing travel arrangements.
Mileage: 15 miles

Accommodations

Bike Tour of Oxford and the Cotswolds

3 Day Guided Bike Tour of Oxford and the Cotswolds ~ one of our most popular biking tours in England

Highlights Include:

Oxford, the most famous University town in the World
Chocolate Box Cotswolds
Blenheim Palace,a  World Heritage Site and home to Winston Churchill

 

DAY 1:  The Cotswolds
We will meet you in Moreton in Marsh, a 1.5 hour train ride, direct (no changes) from London’s Paddington Station.  We welcome you, provide a bike fit out and a safety briefing are followed by a magnificent bike ride into the Cotswolds. We visit the beautiful Broadway Tower and Snowshill as well as stunning Cotswold villages including the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water. 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 should you want a more gentle start to you tour, making the mileage 22. Mileage: 20 – 33 miles.

 

DAY 2: Blenheim Palace
This 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 to the Palace with routes from 20 miles through to 40. Our overnight stay is at the stunning Lamb Inn in Burford.  Located along a peaceful side street in the historic market town of Burford, the Lamb Inn offers an end of day relaxing ambiance. Mileage: 20- 40 miles

 

DAY 3: A Tour of  Oxford
Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, via Bampton where all the outdoor location shots of Downton Abbey are filmed. Arrive in Oxford for a lovely tour of the most famous university city in the World. We also see Harry Potter and Inspector Morse locations, the magnificent Christchurch College and great atmosphere and pubs!  Sadly, this evening we bid you farewell. If you wish to overnight in Oxford we will gladly offer our advise on places to stay. Mileage: 16-32 miles

 

Tour Accommodation
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 Hare and Hounds in Tetbury. 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.

Support and Equipment
Bike 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 guide tours ensures guests only need to bike 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.

Luggage will be transferred between hotels.

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 you shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more tours details or to book your Cotswolds Bike Tour.