Luxury Cotswolds bike tour
Single / Double
Any Start Date February to November
A two center self-guided cycle tour of the Cotswolds from Moreton-in-Marsh to Winchcombe in Southern England. Includes: 4 nights bed and breakfast in luxury en-suite accommodations, hire of new Hybrid touring bikes, transport to and from the Cotswolds, luggage transfers, emergency back-up, route maps/guide and apps to download.
You will be picked up from the accommodation in Kingston-on-Thames and transpored with the bikes to the pretty little town of Moreton-in-Marsh on the edge 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 will stay for 2 nights. From Winchcombe there are a number of circular rides for you to choose from, varying in distance and difficulty. On the final day you head back on a completely different route though quaint villages and larger towns of Stow-on-the-Wolds and Moreton-in-Marsh. You and the bikes will be picked up from one of these towns to be transported back to Kingston-on-Thames.
START and FINISH: Moreton-in-Marsh in the North East of the Cotswolds.
ARRIVAL DAY: A London Airport. You will be picked up from the airport and trasported to Kingston-on-Thames for your first night accommodation. Here you will be fitted out with the bikes and enjoy a night out in the many places to eat in the town from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included in the tour price). Overnight Kinston-on-Thames, England.
FIRST DAYS BIKE RIDE: Moreton-in-Marsh to Winchcombe. Distance approx. 18 miles (29km). After breakfast you would be pick up with the bikes and trasported to the beautiful Cotswolds countryside to begin the ride. Heading west 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 2 nights with many places to eat from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included).Overnight Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
SECOND DAYS CYCLE RIDE: A 14 miles (23km) 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 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. Should you prefer an additional or alternative ride there is a circular ride called: Traditional Cotswolds of 25 miles (40km). From Winchcombe it is about 4 miles to Toddington, this a mainly flat route with occasional climbing. The route then 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 is still a lot to see as you return to Winchcombe. Overnight Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
LAST DAYS BIKE RIDE: Winchcombe back to Moreton-in-Marsh. Distance approx. 20 miles (31km). Leaving Winchcombe this very nice ride takes you through villages like Guitings, Condicote and Broadwell, it allows time to look around the larger town of Stow-on-the-Wold finishing back at Moreton-in-Marsh. You will be picked up from one of these towns to be transported back to Kingston-on-Thames to stay another night. (not included in the tour price). Overnight Kinston-on-Thames, England.
DEPARTURE: The tour finishes after breakfast on the final morning.
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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. 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.
Bike usually used for hire: Hybrid Touring.