Thames Valley Cycle Ride London to Oxford
Single / Double
Any Start Date February to November
A five centre self-guided bike tour from London to Oxford in England. Tour includes 5 nights in en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation, 4 days cycling and the hire of high spec hybrid touring bikes. Also includes bike delivery and pick-up, luggage transfers, route guide and maps. Emergency back-up will be available if needed.
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 Windsor Great Park. Includes overnight stays in attractive towns like Kingston upon Thames and Windsor before the route rises gently into the Chiltern Hills. You’ll cycle through beautiful scenery and historical towns such as Wallingford and Abingdon before reaching your destination, the university city of Oxford. On your final morning you are free to continue your journey. The bikes will be picked up from the guesthouse.
START and FINISH : London is in the South East of England.
ARRIVAL DAY: Arriving in London by train or air it's easy to get to Kingston-upon-Thames. Your first 2 nights accommodation will be in Kingston-upon-Thames. The bikes will be delivered to the guesthouse and help will be given to adjust them to your requirements. There are many places to eat in the town centre from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants. Overnight: Kingston-upon-Thames, England.
DAY ONE: Circular ride from Kingston-upon-Thames. Distance optional. After breakfast you can use the bikes to get around Kingston and the surrounding area. You can spend the day getting used to the bikes while you explore the many local attractions of the area on the traffic-free cycle lanes. One attraction is Richmond Park where a lovely morning can be spent riding through this beautiful park which is also a good place to stop for lunch. Heading back along the river Thames you can spend the rest of the day visiting Hampton Court Palace. It’s just a short ride back over the river to Kingston where you stay another night. There are many places to obtain an evening meal in the town centre. Overnight: Kingston-upon-Thames, England.
DAY TWO: Cycle from Kingston to Windsor. Distance approx 30 miles (48 km). 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. Overnight: Windsor, England.
DAY THREE: Cycle from Windsor to Reading. Distance approx 28 miles (45 km). Once again there is a choice of route that takes you through Eton. One way passes Eton College itself including alongside the 1.25 mile long college rowing lake. A succession of minor roads, tracks and cycle paths lead to Maidenhead before open farmland takes you over Bowsey Hill to Reading. Enjoy an evening meal in one of the many town centre restaurants or traditional pubs. Overnight: Reading, England.
DAY FOUR: Cycle from Reading to Oxford. Distance approx 35 miles (56 km). From Reading it is a mixture of minor country roads and cycle tracks that take you to your destination of this tour. Rising gently into the Chiltern Hills you reach the highest point of the route, providing breathtaking views over the upper Thames valley. Towns like Wallingford, Didcot, Abingdon and Kennington all provide opportunities for refreshments or a lunch stop, making for a very enjoyable bike ride. Finishing with a very flat section you reach the university city of Oxford, where you’ll have plenty of choices for your evening meal. 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 19 - 37 miles (30 - 55kms) 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.