Cotswolds Cycling 4 Days

 


 

Leisure cycling in the UK, doesn't get any better than cycling in the Cotswolds. The castles, country houses, cricket pitches, pub beer gardens and imposing churches of the Cotswolds Lanes cycling tour sometimes leaves the impression that you’re pedalling through a storybook.

The Cotswolds is only 25 miles by 90, but it’s designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s easy to see why. The picturesque villages, with delightful names like Aston Magna and Stretton on Fosse, somehow seem to merge perfectly with the landscape of gently rolling hills, big skies, open fields and tree-lined brooks.

There is a reason why the area is so picturesque money. The wool trade brought prosperity to the area in the Middle Ages and it’s been affluent ever since. This is reflected in the architecture, the way the land is maintained and, of course, in the fine pubs and restaurants.

Following country lanes, alongside golden stone walls, through ancient beech woodlands and round village greens, past postmen on bicycles – cycling through the Cotswolds is a quintessential, and utterly delightful, English experience.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £495

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £180

Single Traveller Supplement - £250

Bike hire - £65

E-Bike Hire - £140

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

A guide can be organised for your trip to the Cotswolds. For more information please contact the office.

We feel this trip is suitable for children aged 12 and over, however this is a guideline and will depend on the ability of each child.

 

Trip Code

 

COT312

Rob's Highlights

  • Numerous Cotswold villages built with golden Cotswold stone
  • Wonderful views from the Cotswold escarpment
  • The gardens at Hidcote Manor
  • A pint of locally brewed beer, supped in a pub garden
  • The street market in Moreton-in-Marsh (on Tuesdays)
  • The galleries and artisanal workshops in Chipping Camden
  • Snowshill Manor
  • A picnic in a churchyard

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the Cotswolds

Arrive in the Cotswolds. Enjoy a bite to eat and a local brew in a delightful Cotswold village Inn and catch a good night’s sleep. Your short break in the Cotswolds begins in the morning.

Day 2: Bledington to Chipping Campden – approx 20 miles

Depart Bledington and head towards the village of Kingham and on, past the renowned Daylesford farm shop and through the village of Adlestrop. From here, pedal on to Moreton-in-Marsh, a delightful and typical Cotswold town. Much of the town is built using the traditional, golden Cotswold stone. Turning left at the top of the High Street in Moreton-in-Marsh, you are immediately back into deep countryside. Through Aston Magna, across Knee Brook and over Ebrington Hill, you come to Hidcote Manor, famed for its magnificent ‘Arts and Crafts’ style gardens and one of several fine National Trust properties on the route. Your day ends in the remarkably well-preserved, medieval market town of Chipping Campden.

Day 3: Chipping Campden to Bibury – approx 25 miles

The day starts with a climb out of Chipping Campden, up onto the Cotswold escarpment with its wonderful views. Past Snowshill Manor and over the escarpment that marks the western boundary of the Cotswold hills. You travel through the villages of Ford and Temple Guiting and pass isolated thatch cottages and copses of beech and oak. It’s lovely, rolling countryside. In Guiting Power pause for a pint in the pub or pedal down to the Norman church to enjoy more fine views. You head up to Notgrove and then down to Turkdean before reaching the town of Northleach. From here pedal to Coln Rogers and Winson before arriving in Bibury, once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England.

Day 4: Bibury to Bledington – approx 28 miles

The day starts heading east and you soon arrive in Coln St Aldwyns. From here it’s a gentle ride along quiet lanes until you arrive in Little Barrington. You follow the river Windrush to the town of Burford, traditionally known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. On leaving Burford, the route takes you out to the village of Swinbrook, then back towards Burford and on to Taynton before heading north over the delightfully named Blackheath Clump to Milton under Wychwood. Still on quiet lanes, you pedal through Fifield and Idbury, before you reach your journeys end, at Bledington. 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

3 nights in high quality charming accommodation

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

3 nights in high quality charming accommodation

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers 

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Testimonial

 

Thank you for the good planning and good bikes, we got to see a lot of the Cotswolds area. We will recommend the tour to our friends. - K. Gerasch

 

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