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Classic Cotswolds Cycling

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This self-guided 5-night cycling tour is a fairly easy bike ride through some of the most picturesque villages and some of the best scenery that the Cotswolds has to offer. Visit world-famous and quaint English golden-stone villages including Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Saxon capital of Winchcombe.

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All about the Classic Cotswolds Cycling.

The Cotswolds are England’s second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (after the Lake District) and comprise 787 square miles of scenic rolling hills and meadows above a bedrock of Jurassic limestone. It is this stone that is quarried and produces the golden-coloured stone used in the construction of local buildings and gives the stone-built villages of the Cotswolds a beautifully distinctive and traditional ‘British’ look. This self-guided 5-night cycling tour is a fairly easy circular bike ride through some of the most picturesque villages and some of the best scenery that the Cotswolds has to offer. You’ll visit world-famous villages including Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden as well as the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe with Sudeley Castle, the resting place of Katherine Parr (Henry VIII’s 6th wife), close by. You’ll also have the chance to visit Broadway Tower Country Park and Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property full of extraordinary treasures. At the end of each day you’ll stay in delightful Bed Breakfast accommodation in beautiful Cotswold villages and towns. These properties have been chosen as they offer good quality accommodation and a freindly welcome in the heart of the villages and provide a quaint insight into the Cotswolds. This holiday includes breakfast daily and there are plenty of places recommended by our local agent to go for lunch and dinner each day.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • Full English Breakfasts
  • Route directions and maps
  • GPS navigation with GPS device provided
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Upgrade to hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Explore the Cotswolds – England’s 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Beautiful villages including Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water and Winchcombe
  • Visit the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle (last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s 6th wife)
  • Stunning gardens at historical manor houses including National Trust gardens
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh

    Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh, a thriving market town packed with antique shops, art galleries, tea shops and restaurants.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Moreton in the Marsh to Winchcombe (via Chipping Campden) - 42km/26mi

    Depending on your day of arrival, you will be met at 9am and given a brief instruction into the use of the GPS unit. You will be provided with your bikes for the holiday, adjusted to your specifications, and you will be given a short training run through. Once you are fully kitted out, you will begin your cycle through picturesque country lanes into Chipping Campden, a beautiful town with its much photographed market hall. Here you will find numerous pubs, restaurants and sandwich shops ideal for a lunch stop.Your cycle tour will then continue on through Broadway Tower Country Park, worth a detour for the amazing views of the Cotswolds. The route passes through the lavender fields at Snowshill, an amazing kick to the senses around harvest time (early July). You may wish to stop and visit Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property full of the extraordinary treasures collected by Charles Wade. For more information visit the Snowshill website: click here. Your cycle will continue on through Stanway and on to Winchcombe.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water - 31km/19mi

    Today your route will take you through the charming villages of Guiting Power, Lower Swell and the Slaughters, all of which will offer ideal chocolate-box photo opportunities. There will be plenty of chances to stop for refreshments, from the ’post office’ in Guiting Power offering superb tea and cake, to the wonderful Slaughters Country Inn with its lovely garden. Take your time and arrive in Bourton-on-the-Water, just as the day visitors leave, and marvel at its quaintness.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water circular cycle loop through the Barringtons - 33km/21mi

    Today’s cycle route will take you through some of the best ’off the beaten track’ routes in the Cotswolds. You will cycle through the beautiful villages of Great Rissington and Great Barrington. There is an option to visit Burford with its charming high street sloping down to the Windrush river and Northleach with its beautiful wool church and museum of Mechanical Music.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Bourton-on-the-Water to Moreton-in-Marsh - 24km/15mi

    The route today heads towards the Evenlode valley, with hidden picturesque villages off the beaten track. It is a fairly easy ride back to Moreton-in-Marsh; however, you may wish to extend your cycling by either a detour to historic Stow-on-the Wold (11km) or the villages of Bledington, Kingham and Churchill (9km).

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Depart after breakfast
Where you stay
The White Hart Royal Hotel
Set in a 17th-century former coaching inn, the White Hart Royal Hotel is located in Moreton-in-Marshs historic town centre and boasts regal connections as King Charles I took shelter here during the English Civil War. A four-poster bed, private garden, spacious wet room and a roll-top bath feature in some of the individually designed bedrooms. Flagstone floors and an original inglenook fireplace are in the traditional Snug Bar and guests can also make use of the hotels two period lounges. Fresh, local ingredients are served on the traditional British menu in the Courtyard Restaurant. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
The White Hart Inn
Set in Winchcombe, just over half a mile from Sudeley Castle, The White Hart Inn offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout. The inn features eight ensuite bedrooms (Classic or Superior) as well as a family room made up of three ‘rambler’ rooms with shared facilities. All guest rooms come with a flat screen TV and tea coffee making facilities. Full English Breakfast is included daily. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
The Manor Close B+B
The Manor Close B+B offers a warm and frioendly welcome and brings the best of Bourton-on-the-Water to your doorstep. With its English country house feel, guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV and complimentary WiFi. The property also features a Full English Breakfast with all ingredients being locally sourced wherever possible including the eggs that are both locally sourced and free range. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.
Eating and Drinking

Full English breakfasts are included

Classification: Self-Guided
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies.

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