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8 Days Self Guided Cycling Tour in Oxford, South Cotswolds, and Bath, UK
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Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East England, England, UK

Astonishing UK Cycling Holiday

Amble your way through the southern side of the Cotswolds to beautiful Bath. Bainton Bikes welcomes you to this Oxford, South Cotswolds, and Bath cycle tour. Bainton Bikes' carefully selected cycling routes offer the best way to see the finest sights this wonderful part of England has to offer. From magnificent natural views to 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 splendour of the unspoilt landscape. Each day has carefully selected lunch and refreshment stops to ensure a wonderful time is had both in and out of the saddle. This tour is available guided or self-guided and supplied with detailed travel maps. Point of interest documents are also supplied to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Paved
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have 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, as the moderate level means that they will cycle around 30 to 40 km per day)
  • Total distance: 130 Miles / 210 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike, Tandem bike (Available to rent), Mountain bike (Available to rent)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 25 GBP per day


  • Starts in Oxford and ends in Bath
  • Explore Oxford, Northleach, and Bibury
  • Bike through charming villages to Tetbury
  • Explore the towns and villages within Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
  • Visit the village of Lacock and enjoy the Royal Spa town of Bath
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfer
  • 7 breakfasts


5 days with instruction
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Bainton Bikes has very carefully selected the best accommodation along the route, using independent award-winning hotels wherever possible which all provide a luxury overnight stay.

Night 1: Welcome to Oxford

  • Central locations
  • Short walk to Bainton Bikes' favourite pub, The Rose & Crown

Night 2: Historic Burford

  • Enjoy a night of excellence
  • Central location, ideal for exploring this wonderful market town

Night 3: Bibury, the prettiest village

  • A chance to relax in this peaceful location
  • Enjoy the native fish from the village trout farm

Night 4: Tetbury, the 7th-century market town

  • A picturesque market town
  • Fantastic selection of pubs, shops and restaurants

Night 5: Corsham, the historic town retaining a village style

  • Visit the famous weavers cottages
  • Home peacocks which roam the streets freely

Night 6 and 7: Beautiful Bath

  • Fantastic family run bed and breakfast
  • Great central location to explore the city




Upon your arrival, you will have a glass of Cava and check in at the hotel. You will also be given a welcome pack. For the guided tour, the welcome pack will include detailed information for the tour, contact details for Bainton Bikes, tour guide details, maps, and recommendations for points of interest and restaurants to visit during the tour. For the self-guided tour, the welcome pack will include detailed information for the tour, contact details for Bainton Bikes, maps and recommendations for points of interest and restaurants to visit during the tours. Key locations will also be included on the detailed road maps.

Day 1

Your first day 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 stopping at a fantastic country inn or 1st-century Roman villa for lunch. Your day ends in a town quite often referred to as one of England’s prettiest medieval towns, Burford.

  • Distance: 26 miles / 42 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1068 feet / 325 meters

Day 2

Day two explores in more detail the famous stone walled architecture as you will ride through the beautifully preserved and maintained villages heading towards the 1st-century town of Northleach, for lunch. After lunch, you leave Northleach and head out along calm country roads towards Chedworth’s 4th-century Roman villa. With its fine mosaics, bathing pools and temples it is one of the largest Roman remains in Britain. Your day ends as you follow the river towards the tantalising village of Bibury.

  • Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1622 feet / 494 meters

Day 3

You will continue enjoying the charming villages as we head towards the Roman town of Cirencester (Corinium). Today, more a metropolis than a sleepy village, you will discover why the town was so important to the Romans and visit remaining Roman sites including an amphitheatre. After lunch, you slip out of the town and enter the peaceful and secluded countryside with only the interruptions of the local wildlife, and finish the day in the Anglo Saxon era market town of Tetbury.

  • Distance: 25 miles / 40 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1077 feet / 328 meters

Day 4

Your fourth day follows in the footsteps of the ancient Romans, cycling further south exploring the towns and villages within the counties of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Never veering far from the historic Roman road, The Fosse Way, which forms the boundary between these counties. In the afternoon, you discover some of the rarely visited hidden gems of the area, easily accessible by bicycle and later, you head towards the peaceful town of Corsham which, with its Court House and free-roaming peacocks, offers a memorable experience.

  • Distance: 22 miles / 36 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1017 feet / 310 meters

Day 5

You start today visiting the National Trust village of Lacock which with its unspoilt character makes a gorgeous destination. Here you stop to explore before heading up to Broughton common for traditional English tavern lunch.

You continue through the tranquil countryside towards the quirky town of Bradford-upon-Avon where you stop for a drink and join the Canal path with its landscape views of the countryside and waterside pubs offering a peaceful traffic free ride into your end destination, the world-renowned city of Bath.

  • Distance: 26 miles / 42 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1959 feet / 240 meters

Day 6

Youur sixth day is dedicated to enjoying the royal spa town of Bath. Today you venture into the city by foot and learn why the Romans produced a world-renowned spa city on this spot. This day is an unguided day, however, Bainton Bikes provides you with a very detailed travel guide and route 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.


You will have breakfast before your departure.


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 touring pack to help carry small items of luggage or shopping picked up along the way. Electric bikes and tandems are available.

Fitness level

The group will always go as fast as the slowest rider, it is not a challenging ride anyway as you are always stopping to get information from the guide about history. You will not even get out of breath since it is designed for all abilities.


The cycling tour will let you explore the southern side of the Cotswolds to beautiful Bath in England, UK.


Bainton Bikes has carefully selected the best cafes, pubs and restaurants on the route which offer traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

Breakfast: Start your day right

  • Full English breakfast included everyday
  • Vegetarian and light options available

Mid-morning 'elevenses'

  • Great cafes to stop for a tea or coffee
  • Delicious pastries too tempting to miss

Lunch: Fine lunch dining

  • Contemporary fine lunch dining available
  • Selected restaurants which use local produce

Afternoon drink stop: Enjoy a beer in a picturesque location

  • Stunning locations
  • Great selection of pubs and cafes

Afternoon high tea: An English institution

  • Traditional high tea available
  • Tea is best enjoyed with scones


Traditional British pub dining:

  • Great food in great pub locations
  • A pie is best enjoyed with pint of ale!

Fine English dining:

  • Culinary delights await
  • Michelin star restaurants on route

Picnics: Enjoy lunch with natural surroundings

  • Some fantastic picnic locations
  • Great delicatessens offering locally grown / reared produce

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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)

You can have a half day guided tour to Stonehenge from Bath. A bus will leave from Bath in the morning or afternoon and the drive will provide commentary with plenty of points of interest on route. The price is 40 GBP per person including entrance to Stonehenge (morning and afternoon trips available). You can also have a morning guided tour in Oxford which is available at an additional cost of 60 GBP (including college entrance fees).

What's included

  • 6 days of cycling tour
  • Bike rental
  • Luggage transfer
  • Entrance for college grounds
  • Full details of places to visit on day 6
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Glass of Cava
  • Welcome pack

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Helmet (5 GBP per person)
  • Entrance to all buildings at Chedworth Roman Villa (10 GBP per person)
  • Entrance to Corinium Museum, Cirencester (5 GBP per person)
  • Entrance to Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and village (15 GBP per person)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.
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