Self-Guide Cycle Tour of the Cotswolds
Single / Double
Any Start Date February to November
A two centre self-guided cycle tour of the Cotswolds from Moreton-in-Marsh to Winchcombe in southern England. 3 nights bed and breakfast (en-suite guesthouse accommodation), luggage transfers, route guides and maps. Hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bicycle will be extra. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
Starting from the pretty little town of Moreton-in-Marsh, you are 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 to Chipping Campden on a completely different route through quaint Cotswold towns and villages. Then after returning your bikes (if renting) you can continue on your journey from Moreton-in-Marsh train station.
START and FINISH: Moreton-in-Marsh in the North East of the Cotswolds.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Moreton-in-Marsh. Your 1st night’s accommodation is in the pretty little town of Moreton-in-Marsh. Hire bikes (if required) will be delivered to the hotel in Moreton. There are many places to eat in the town from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants. Overnight: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England.
DAY ONE: Moreton-in-Marsh to Winchcombe. Distance approx. 18 miles (29 km). After breakfast you will begin the ride into the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Heading west you reach the pretty villages of Batsford (with its arboretum) followed by Cutsdean. There are traditional pubs along the route to obtain refreshments or lunch. As you approach the ancient town of Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle and Gardens are 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. Overnight: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
DAY TWO: A 14 mile (23 km) circular ride called ‘Secret Cotswolds’. This is a hilly route that takes you through some of the quieter Cotswold villages, such as Hailes with its Cistercian Abbey. As this is only a short ride it allows plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions and spectacular views you will encounter as well as enjoying more of Winchcombe upon your return. 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 25 mile (40 km) circular ride called ‘Traditional Cotswolds’. From Winchcombe it is about 4 miles to Toddington following a mainly flat route with an occasional climb. The route then takes you through beautiful Cotswold villages where you will find Snowshill 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 a 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.
DAY THREE: Winchcombe back to Moreton-in-Marsh. Distance approx. 17 miles (27 km). Leaving Winchcombe it is a very nice ride through the villages of Guitings, Condicote and Broadwell. Allow time to look around the larger town of Stow-on-the-Wold before returning to Moreton-in-March where you will pick up your luggage and continue your journey from the train station. Alternatively you could stay another night in Moreton-in-Marsh.
DEPARTURE: Your tour finishes after you have collected your luggage.
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 £25. You can often purchase tickets on-line which are considerably cheaper (a cheap day costs £23), if booked in advance.
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. 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.