Thames Valley bike tour London to Oxford
Single / Double
Any Start Date February to November
A five centre self-guided bike tour from London to Oxford in England. 5 night’s bed and breakfast in en-suite guesthouse accommodation, 4 days cycling with hire of a hybrid touring bike. Includes bike delivery and pick-up, luggage transfers, route guide and maps.
The tour starts in Kingston-upon-Thames close to Heathrow airport and London easily reached by the tube or taxi. Using the National Cycle Network Route this is mainly traffic-free and flat for the first half of the tour passing through Richmond Park, Hampton Court Park and the wide open spaces of Winsor Great Park. With overnight stays in attractive towns like Kingston upon Thames and Windsor before the route rises gently into the Chiltern Hills. Cycling through beautiful scenery and historical towns such as Wallingford and Abingdon before reaching your destination the University City of Oxford. Your final morning you are free to continue your journey and the bikes are pick-up from the guesthouse.
START: Kingston-on-Thames London England.
ARRIVAL DAY: Arriving in London by train or air it's easy to get to Kingston-upon-Thames. Your first night accommodation will be in Kingston-upon-Thames. The bikes will be delivered to the guesthouse help will be given to adjust them to your requirments. There are many places to eat in the town centre from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included). Overnight, Kingston, England.
DAY ONE: Bike from Kingston to Windsor. Distance approx 30 miles (48km). Leaving Kingston there is a choice of route; you can cross the Thames on a small ferry or use a shared footpath to Addlestone. Following the river upstream it meanders through Staines and Egham before you leave it briefly to ride through Windsor Great Park. Enjoy the wide open space and the fantastic panoramic views of the impressive Windsor Castle. There are many places to obtain an evening meal in the city centre from fish and chip shops to restaurants and traditional pubs (not included). Overnight Windsor, England.
DAY TWO: Bike from Windsor to Reading. Distance approx 28 miles (45km). Once again there is a choice of route that takes you through Eton, one way passes Eton collage itself and alongside the 1.25 mile long collage rowing lake. A succession of minor roads, tracks and cycle paths lead to Maidenhead before open farmland take you over Bowsey Hill to Reading. With many places to eat in the town centre from fish and chip shops to restaurants and traditional pubs (not included). Overnight Reading, England.
DAY THREE: Bike from Reading to Shillingford. Distance approx 14 miles (23km). Today the route takes you through some beautiful countryside with the option to add an extra section if you like, this makes for a very enjoyable bike ride. Rises gently into the Chiltern Hills you reach the highest point of the route, giving breathtaking views over the upper Thames valley. Descending back to the river you reach Shillingford where a hotel or traditional pub will provide an evening meal (not included). Overnight Shillingford, England.
DAY FOUR: Bike from Shillingford to Oxford. Distance approx 20 miles (32km). From Shillingford it is a mixture of minor country roads and cycle tracks that take you to your destination of this tour.With towns like Wallingford, Didcot, Abingdon and Kennington all providing opportunities for refreshments or a lunch stop, . Finishing with a very flat section you reach the University City of Oxford. With many places to eat in the city centre from fish and chip shops to restaurants and traditional pubs (not included). Overnight Oxford, England.
FINAL DAY: Return to London. Today you catch the train back to London to continue your journey, the bikes will picked up from the guesthouse.
RAIL TRAVEL from OXFORD to LONDON: There are very frequent trains from Oxford to London Paddington.
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 D cycling: Between 14 - 30 miles (23 - 48kms) a day. The route is principally a flat easy ride. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle and equipment. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. The cost would be about £50. 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.