Cycling Cotswolds and Severn Vale
Single / Double
Any Start Date February to November
A four centre self-guided cycle tour from Morton-in-Marsh to Worcester in England. 7 nights’ bed and breakfast en-suite (wherever possible) guesthouse accommodation, 6 days bike touring with hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bike. Includes return rail fare from Worcester to Morton-in-Marsh, luggage transfers, route guides and maps.
Starting from the pretty little market town of Moreton in Marsh, you are already in the heart of the Cotswolds. The first day cycling is at an easy pace over the rolling hills through the beautiful countryside leading to the ancient town of Winchcombe, where you stay for 3 nights. There are a number of circular rides to choose from varying in distance and difficulty. Leaving Winchcombe there are once again a choice of routes through the Severn Vale to Tewkesbury where you stay for 2 nights. The final day is a cycle ride to the cathedral city of Worcester where you spend your final night. The following day you catch a train back to Moreton-in-Marsh to return your bikes and continue on your journey.
START and FINISH: Morton-in-Marsh is in the south west of England.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Moreton-in-Marsh. Fitting out with your bike. Your 1st nights’ accommodation is in the middle of this pretty market town with many places to eat from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included). Overnight Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England.
DAY ONE: Moreton in Marsh to Winchcombe. Distance approx. 14 miles (22km). After breakfast you would pick up your bikes from the shop and begin the ride through the Cotswold countryside. Heading northwest you reach the pretty villages of Batsford (with its Arboretum) and Cutsdean finishing at the ancient town of Winchcombe where you will be staying for 3 nights. Overnight Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
DAY TWO: A 14 miles (22km) circular ride called Secret Cotswolds. This is a hilly route that takes you through some of the quieter Cotswolds villages, such as Hailes with its Cistercian Abbey. As this is only a short ride it gives plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions and spectacular views you will encounter, and before or after the ride exploring the ancient town of Winchcombe. The village of Brockhampton is your last chance for a lunch on this ride unless you have packed one, because the route takes you deep into the Cotswold Hills with only the occasional hamlet.
DAY THREE: Approx. 25 miles (40km) This circular ride called Traditional Cotswolds. From Winchcombe it is about 4 miles to Toddington, this a mainly flat route with occasional climbing. The route takes you through beautiful Cotswold villages where you will find Snowhill Manor, Stanway House, a steam railway and lots of lovely views. About halfway round the route is Broadway which offers a Teddy Bear Museum, specialty shops and wide variety of restaurants and pubs. But remember you are only halfway, and there I still a lot to see as you return to Winchcombe.
DAY FOUR: Winchcombe to Tewkesbury. Distance approx. 20 miles (32km). Today you leave Winchcombe for the last time, but don't despair your next destination is as beautiful if not better. This route has various alternatives depending on how fit you feel, mainly flat with some hilly parts it is called Cotswold Crafts. There are many traditional crafts continued in this area, look out for the pottery, hand-printed silks and art studios of local craftsmen. With plenty of pretty villages whichever way you go, there are many opportunities for refreshments or lunch. Ending up at Tewkesbury is where you will be staying for the next 2 nights.
DAY FIVE: A 14 or 23 mile (22/39km) circular route called Historic Villages. A fairly flat route around the verdant Severn Vale passes through many picturesque villages. From Tewkesbury crossing the imposing Mythe Bridge with lovely views over the river Severn, you will come to the first village Forthampton complete with its stocks and whipping post at the Church. If you opt for the longer route Ashleworth is a good place for your lunch, there are lots of historical buildings such as Tithe Barn. Ashleworth Ham is a wetland nature reserve with many species of ducks, you may see from the roadside. The Saxon village of Deerhurst has many heritage sites so take some time here as it is only 4 miles back to Tewkesbury. Overnight Tewkesbury.
DAY SIX: Tewkesbury to Worcester. Distance approx. 20 miles (32km). Heading out of Tewkesbury there is a choice routes all fairly flat taking you to Upton upon Severn, this section is known as the Romantic River. Passing through the black and white Severn Vale villages based around the River Severn and its floodplains. Your final destination is the ancient city of Worcester with its impressive cathedral and other historic attractions to view on your last evening of the tour. Overnight Worcester, Worcestershire.
FINAL DAY: Return to Morton-in-Marsh. Today you catch the train back to Morton-in-Marsh and return your bike.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON HEATHROW to MORETON-IN-MARSH (NOT included in tour price): The nearest rail station is Moreton-in-Marsh. Presently the 09:05am train from Heathrow arrives Moreton-in-Marsh 11:19am (change Reading). The 11:37am train arrives at 14:03pm (change Reading and Oxford). There are earlier and later connections. A standard single ticket costs £24.70. You can often purchase tickets on-line which are considerably cheaper (a cheap day costs £22.90), if booked in advance. You can check details of taxis from Moreton-in-Marsh station on Where2Guv website.
The cycle hire shop is in Moreton-in-Marsh town centre not far from the station. We suggest getting your bike fitted out ready to collect tomorrow morning.
RAIL TRAVEL from MORETON-IN-MARSH to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): The nearest rail station is Moreton-in-Marsh. Presently the 09:53am train from Moreton-in-Marsh arrives London 12:58pm (change Reading). The 12:03pm train arrives at 14:58pm (change Reading). There are earlier and later connections.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE C cycling: Between 14 - 25 miles (22-40 kms) a day. The route is principally a flat ride but with some moderate climbs. We recommend that clients bring their own cycle helmet, clothing and equipment. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. The cost would be about £10 per day. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.