Bike Tour of the Cotswalds Countryside
Single / Double
Any Start Date February to November
Bike Tour the Cotswalds Countryside. A two centre self-guided bike tour around the Cotswalds from Moreton in Marsh to Winchcombe in Southern England. 5 nights bed and breakfast en-suite guesthouse accommodation, hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bike will be extra. Includes 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 days ride is nice and easy, over rolling hills through beautiful countryside to the ancient town of Winchcombe. This picturesque town of honey coloured shone buildings will be your base for 3 nights. Around Winchcombe there are a number of circular bike rides for you to choose from, varying in distance and difficulty. On the final day you head back to Moreton-in-Marsh on a completely different route though quaint Cotswald towns and villages. Then after returning your bikes you can continue on your journey from the rail station.
START and FINISH: Moreton-in-Marsh is just north of Stow-on-the-Wold.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Moreton-in-Marsh. Fitting out with your bike. Your 1st nights’ accommodation is in the middle of this pretty little market town close to the train station and bike hire shop. There are also many places to eat in the town from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included). Overnight Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England.
FIRST DAYS BIKE RIDE: Moreton in Marsh to Winchcombe. Distance approx. 14 miles (22km). After breakfast you would pick up the bikes from the shop and begin the ride into the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Heading northwest you reach the pretty villages of Batsford (with its Arboretum) and then Cutsdean. There are traditional pubs along the route to obtain refreshments or lunch. As you approach the ancient town of Winchcombe there is Sudeley Castle and Gardens, well worth a visit. Winchcombe will be your base for the next 3 nights with many places to eat from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included).Overnight Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
SECOND DAYS BIKE RIDE: A 14 miles (22km) circular ride called Secret Cotswolds. This hilly route with spectacular views takes you through some of the quieter Cotswolds villages, such as Hailes with its Cistercian Abbey. The village of Brockhampton would be a last chance for a lunch stop because the route takes you deep into the Cotswold Hills with only the occasional hamlet. As this is only a short ride it gives plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions you will encounter and after the ride explore the ancient town of Winchcombe. Overnight Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
THIRD DAYS BIKE RIDE: Approx. 25 miles (40km) 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 has a Teddy Bear Museum, specialty shops and wide variety of restaurants and pubs. But remember you are only halfway, and there is still a lot to see as you return to Winchcombe. Overnight Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
FOURTH DAYS BIKE RIDE: Winchcombe back to Moreton-in-Marsh. Distance approx. 17 miles (27km). Leaving Winchcombe the route dose start with a hill climb, but the fantastic views make the extra effort worthwhile, honesty! The route uses miner country roads through pretty villages like Guitings, Condicote, Broadwell and the larger town of Stow-on-the Wold. You will have plenty of time to look around these and many other places of interest as you have all day. Finishing up back at Moreton-in-Marsh where you can return your bike to the hire-shop and enjoy a relaxing last night of the tour. There are many places to eat in the town from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included). Overnight Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England.
DEPARTURE DAY: You depart Moreton-in-Marsh after breakfast this morning.
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. 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.