Cycling the Cotswolds

 


 

Taking advantage of this brilliant weather we are having, a valued client of ours headed off to the Cotswolds for their own cycle adventure. After a fabulous weekend of biking between glorious gastropubs and chic B+B’s – it’s an experience they would heartily recommend!

By Guest Blogger

Friday 6th July 2018

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“A friend told me to check out a bicycle holiday company called Bikecation: “best fun we’ve had for ages!”

That would normally send a shiver down my spine – the thought of hours of slogging on an uncomfortable saddle with some lycra-clad companions, leaving me walking like John Wayne and wondering where to put my spare inner tube.

Luckily Jamie, the nice man from Bikecation, reassured me at a very early stage. He could tailor a trip to any part of the UK (or Europe) that was cycle friendly and he would make sure we were comfortable – it would be our exclusive trip…so no interruptions from strange cycle nerds who wear their bicycle clips to bed.

We chose a Cotswold Trip lasting 2 days and 2 nights. We started out at an utterly charming gastro-pub/hotel called The Kingham Plough, where our guide joined us for dinner and talked us through the itinerary. Inevitably too much was eaten and drunk, so when the morning came our little group didn’t seem completely in love with the idea of hitting the saddle for the day.

Bikecation had organised a collection of beautiful rental bikes for us, while the guide carried an impressive array of spare parts and first aid on his bicycle. 18 miles was our target for the day, most of it to be accomplished before another mighty lunch in a pub.

Very quickly our group of 6 settled into a reasonable pace – it makes a big difference when you’re not joining a group of strangers – we could agree on a speed as we were friends and not worry about upsetting any Olympic athletes among us. We headed out of Kingham, towards Moreton In Marsh. During the course of the morning, we were on big main roads for about 300 metres. The rest of the time we had stunning country lanes to ourselves as we passed through villages untouched by the ravages of modern life.

Lunch was cleverly placed at the top of an alarmingly steep hill, so by the time we collapsed into the dining room, we were ready for a mountain of excellent pub food – just what we got!

A brief cycle of 5 miles in the afternoon took us to the ridiculously beautiful village of Chipping Camden, and to a B+B which was grander than many luxe hotels I’ve stayed at. With or without bikes, the Seymour House is well worth a visit.

The next morning we set out to gently bike back in a circle to Kingham. We stopped off at the fabulous Daylesford Farm for some refreshments and a snoop at some beautiful garden equipment, before heading off towards yet another glorious gastro-pub to refuel for the final stretch back to our cars.

Bikecation seamlessly organised for our bags to be moved between hotels and every meal was organised perfectly. They (rightly) recommend that you invest in a helmet, gloves and comfy padded bike shorts and bring some light but effective waterproofs. Aside from that, you’re ready to go. If you have your own bike, feel free to bring it, but make sure it has been properly serviced in advance and you have some spare inner tubes – the guide will fit them if you have a puncture.

If you want to strike out on your own, Bikeaction can organise your whole trip and give you full maps and directions, allowing you to have the freedom to explore without a guide. Personally I liked the guide – a little like skiing, it takes any of the stress out of having to think!!

It’s a great escape for a group of friends, or a perfect weekend away with slightly older children.

I’m busy planning my next trip – heading for a coast to coast adventure ending in Newcastle!"

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