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7 Days Beautiful Bath Cycling Holiday in England, UK

Burford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Magnificent Cycling Holiday UK

From magnificent natural views of historic Roman architecture, you will cycle your way through the outstanding rural countryside where there will be plenty of time to stop and enjoy the splendor of the unspoiled landscape. Each day has carefully selected lunch and refreshment stops to ensure a wonderful time is had both in and out of the saddle. The tour is available guided or self-guided and supplied with detailed travel maps. Point of interest documents is also supplied to ensure you do not miss a thing. The luxury holiday is available as a guided or self-guided tour and includes hotel bookings and luggage transfers.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Hilly, flat, and paved
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat a terrain sometimes, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 130 miles / 210 kilometers
  • Bike types: Touring bike, Tandem bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 175 GBP per person per stay

Highlights

  • Rural countryside trip
  • Pedal along the Roman road
  • Visit Oxford's university buildings
  • Bike through the southern Cotswolds
  • Join the traffic-free Canal path
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty breakfast
  • Luggage transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will stay in the best and very carefully selected the accommodations along the route. Bainton Bikes has used independent and award-winning hotels wherever possible which all provide a luxury overnight stay.

You will settle in the historic Burford on night one. Enjoy a night of excellence as your Burford accommodation will also be at a central location and ideal for exploring the wonderful market town.

Get some good sleep in "the prettiest village" of Bibury on night two. You will have a chance to relax in the peaceful location and additionally, enjoy the native fish from the village trout farm.

Unwind in Tetbury on night three. Tetbury features a picturesque Seventh Century market town and a fantastic selection of pubs, shops, and restaurants.

Doze off in Corsham on night four. Corsham is a historic town retaining a village style atmosphere where home peacocks roam the streets freely. You can visit the famous weaver’s cottages during your stay.

Have a well-earned rest in the beautiful Bath on nights five and six. The accommodation is a fantastic family-run bed and breakfast in a great central location to explore the city.

Program

Day 1: Arrival day in Oxford (26 miles / 42 kilometers - 1,068 feet / 325 meters - easy)

Your first day of cycling will take you through the wonderful City of Oxford. Sharing with you the extensive history and some secret sights, you will explore the historic city, visit university buildings, and marvel at the views of the dreaming spires. You will leave the city, along one of the tranquil waterways, and ride through some of the villages outside, some of which dating back to Saxon times.

A hearty cyclist’s lunch can be enjoyed at one of the fantastic country inns along the way or a summer's picnic can be enjoyed in the remains of a First Century Roman villa. Your day will close as you enter the Cotswolds and the evening will be enjoyed in a town quite often referred to as one of England’s prettiest medieval towns, Burford.

Day 2: Burford - Bibury (23 miles / 37 kilometers - 1,622 feet / 494 meters - medium)

Awake to the beauty of the Cotswolds, and as you cycle further into the area of outstanding natural beauty, the famous stone walled architecture will take you back in time. You will ride through the beautifully preserved and maintained villages as you head towards the Town of Northleach which was first established as early as the First Century. It is there that you will stop for lunch in the celebrated market town.

After a delightful lunch, you will head out along the calm country roads towards the Chedworth Fourth Century Roman Villa. With its fine mosaics, bathing pools, and temples, it is one of the largest Roman remains in Britain. Your day will come to a close as you follow the river towards the tantalizing village of Bibury.

Day 3: Bibury - Tetbury (25 miles / 40 kilometers - 1,077 feet / 328 meters - easy)

As you continue deeper into the Cotswolds, enjoying the charming villages, you will head towards the Roman Town of Cirencester. On day five, more a metropolis than a sleepy village, you will discover why the town was so important to the Romans. You will visit the remaining Roman sites which still remain within the town, including an amphitheater.

After lunch in Cirencester, you will slip out of the bustle of the lively town through off-road bridleways before entering the peaceful and secluded countryside, allowing plenty of time to reflect on the past ancestors of the country. With only the interruptions of the local wildlife, you will experience the customary agricultural side of the Cotswolds and finish the day in the Anglo Saxon era market town of Tetbury.

Day 4: Tetbury - Corsham (22 miles / 36 kilometers - 1,017 feet / 310 meters - easy)

The fourth day will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans. You will cycle along the lower south side of the Cotswolds whilst exploring the towns and villages within the counties of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Never veering far from the historic Roman Road, The Fosse Way forms the boundary between the counties.

In the afternoon, you will discover some of the rarely visited hidden gems of the area, easily accessible by bicycle. Later on, you will head towards the peaceful town of Corsham which, with its Court House and free-roaming peacocks, offers a memorable experience.

Day 5: Corsham - Bath (26 miles / 42 kilometers - 1,959 feet / 240 meters - easy)

On day five, you will have the fortune to visit the National Trust Village of Lacock, which, with its unspoiled character, is a popular destination for tourists and film crews. With its chocolate box appearance, it has attracted numerous film and TV productions including Harry Potter, Downtown Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and many more.

There, you can visit the local stores for picnic supplies and head up to enjoy them on Broughton Common, or you can stop at the conveniently located inn for a traditional English tavern lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue through the tranquil countryside towards the fantastic town of Bradford Upon-Avon.

Famed for its fascinating and quirky shops, a refreshment stop there is worthwhile. After you join the Canal path, with its landscape views of the countryside and waterside pubs, it offers a peaceful traffic free ride to your end destination for the day, the world-renowned City of Bath.

Day 6: Bath

The highlight for any spa lover or in your case, worthy cycle tourists, the sixth day is dedicated to enjoying the Royal Spa Town of Bath. On day six, you will leave your bicycle and venture into the city by foot and learn why the Romans produced a world-renowned spa city on that spot.

Bainton Bikes will provide you with a very detailed document highlighting the essential parts of the city you must explore, places to enjoy your lunch, dinner, and drinks, and of course the best spa locations to pamper yourselves. Please do not hesitate to inquire with if you are interested in a spa package to round off your trip on a relaxing high.

Day 7: Departure day

You will depart to your onward destination.

Bikes

Bainton Bikes uses high quality touring bikes for the excursions, all of which are fully-serviced and set up for your safety and comfort. Rear pannier bags are supplied as standard as well as a touring pack to help carry small items of luggage or shopping picked up along the way. Electric bikes and tandems are available.

  • Make and model - Dawes Mojave or Gazelle Chamonix
  • Frame material - Lightweight aluminum
  • Handlebars - Butterfly comfort bars
  • Saddle - Comfort sprung saddle
  • Gears - Shimano 21 gears with mega range, offering easy pedaling gear for hills
  • Gear shifter - Shimano rapid fire
  • Tires - Schwalbe marathon offering strong puncture resistance
  • Wheels - Double wall rims with double butted spokes offering extra strength
  • Equipment - Ortlieb rear pannier bag, rear rack pack which contains inner tubes, tools to adjust the saddle, pump, and basic tools, one per couple, cycle computer set in kilometers, Kryptonite or Abus D-Lock, and handlebar map holder

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

On the first day, you will tour the City of Oxford and its fascinating university buildings.

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Oxford, the Cotswolds, Burford, Chedworth, Bibury, Cirencester, Tetbury, Corsham, Lacock, and Bath in England, UK.

Food

During this cycling holiday, breakfast will be provided daily. Start your day right with a full English breakfast included everyday. Vegetarian and light options are available. The other meals will be at your own expense. You can indulge in a mid-morning “elevenses.” You can find perfect locations for the British tradition. There are great cafes to stop for tea or coffee and delicious pastries are too tempting to miss!

You can have classic pub lunches and enjoy them in country inns. There are a number of great pubs en-route, carefully selected and highlighted on the maps. There is also contemporary fine lunch dining available in selected restaurants which use local produce. After that, you may have an afternoon drink stop.

Enjoy a beer in a picturesque location with stunning scenery. There is a great selection of pubs and cafes. Meanwhile, afternoon high tea is an English institution. Tea is best enjoyed with scones! For the evening meal, you may have a traditional British pub dining. Great food in great pub locations are available. Pie is best enjoyed with pint of ale!

If you wish for a more luxe experience, you may have a fine English dining. Culinary delights await. There are Michelin-star restaurants en-route. For a more outdoorsy experience. Picnics are available to enjoy lunch with natural surroundings. There are some fantastic picnic locations with great delicatessens, offering locally-grown or reared produce.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a half-day guided tour to Stonehenge from Bath for 40 GBP
  • Explore film and TV productions' favorite village of Lacock
  • Head to Chedworth Fourth Century Roman villa for 10 GBP per person
  • Join a guided tour of Oxford for 60 GBP, including university entrance fees
  • Pamper yourself in the Spa Town of Bath
  • Tour around Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, and the village for 15 GBP per person
  • Visit the Roman remnants of and Corinium Museum Cirencester for 5 GBP per person

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Bike rental
  • Luggage transfer
  • Entrance to college grounds
  • Mechanic support
  • Detailed information of the tour
  • Contact details of Bainton Bikes
  • Maps
  • Recommendations for points of interest and restaurants to visit during the tour
  • Full details for places to visit on day six

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.
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