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 Chipping Campden to Winchcombe in Southern England. 3 nights bed and breakfast en-suite guesthouse accommodation, 3 days cycle with hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bicycle. Includes luggage transfers, route guides and maps.
Starting from the pretty little town of Chipping Campden, 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 though quaint Cotswold towns and villages. Then after returning your bikes you can continue on your journey from Moreton-in-Marsh train station.
START and FINISH: Chipping Campden in the North East of the Cotswolds.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Moreton-in-Marsh train station it is just 8 miles to Chipping Campden. Taxis are available from the train station or a there is a regular bus service. Fitting out with your bike. Your 1st nights’ accommodation is in the pretty little town of Chipping Campden close to the bike hire shop. There are many places to eat in the town from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included in the tour price). Overnight Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England.
FIRST DAYS BIKE RIDE: Chipping Campden 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 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 Chipping Campden. Distance approx. 17 miles (27km). Leaving Winchcombe this very nice ride through villages like Guitings, Condicote and Broadwell, allow time to look around the larger towns of Stow-on-the Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. Finishing back at Chipping Campden you return your bike pick up your luggage and continue your journey from Moreton-in-Marsh train station. Alternativly you could stay another night in Chipping Campden.
DEPARTURE: Your tour finishes after you have returned 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 £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 T10.