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7 Days Oxford, North Cotswolds, and Stratford Cycling Holiday in England, UK

Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East England, England, UK

Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in UK

Bainton Bikes has prepared a circular tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon for you to know England better. They will be on hand to show you the best of what this wonderful part of England has to offer. From stunning views to historic buildings, you will cycle your way through these enchanting sights with stops for lunch and refreshments from delightful country inns and wonderful local produce.

Key information

  • Trip type: self-guided
  • Lodging: point-to-point
  • Terrain: paved, off-road
  • Difficulty level: easy (Cyclist doesn't 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)
  • Total distance: 172 miles / 275 kilometers
  • Type of bike: hybrid bike
  • E-bike: available to rent / 15 GBP per day

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Oxford
  • Explore Venice of the Cotswolds
  • Venture towards Shakespeare’s Country
  • Ride the famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Discover the unspoilt village of Kingham
  • Luggage transfer during the tour
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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Accommodation

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

Night 1: Welcome to Oxford

  • Central locations
  • Short walk to Bainton Bikes's favourite pub - The Rose and Crown

Night 2: A night of luxury

  • Quintessentially English
  • Relax and unwind

Night 3: Soak in the atmosphere of the "Venice of the Cotswolds"

  • 18th century Country Inn
  • Plenty of time to explore the picturesque town

Night 4: The enchanting town of Moreton-in-Marsh

  • After a good days ride retreat to your unique and homely room
  • Enjoy the welcoming nature of the locals

Night 5: The lively city Shakespeare called home

  • Enjoy the city that inspired the great Shakespeare
  • Ask Bainton Bikes about reserving tickets for a theatre show

Night 6: A night dedicated for a culinary delight

  • Enjoy Michelin star dining at reasonable prices
  • In a quiet village hidden in the heart of the Cotswolds

Night 7: Spend the evening in the 11th-century town of Woodstock

  • Visit the world-renowned Blenheim Palace
  • Plenty of time to visit the plentiful shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs

Night 8: Welcome back to Oxford

  • Explore historic Oxford
  • Final chance to pick up some special souvenirs

Program

Arrival day

Upon your arrival, you will have a glass of Cava and check in at the hotel. You will also be given a welcome pack. 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

On your first day, you will explore the wonderful city of Oxford, sharing the extensive history and some hidden gems. You will visit historic Oxford University colleges, the famous Bodleian Library, and take a stroll around the Victorian covered market. At lunchtime, you will enjoy a leisurely punt and a picnic on the river, with delicious fresh food from the local area. You end the day in a beautiful rural environment near North Leigh for your overnight stop at the grand Eynsham Hall.

  • Distance: 18 miles / 29 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 709 feet / 216 meters

Day 2

On your second day, you will cycle through the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, starting with the thatched cottages and manor house of beautiful Minster Lovell. From here, villages with architecture dating as far back as the 11th century will follow before you traverse the ancient trade routes towards Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as “the Venice of the Cotswolds”. You will of course stop for a relaxed lunch along the way.

  • Distance: 25 miles / 39 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 1210 feet / 368 meters

Day 3

On day three, you will ride deeper into the heart of the Cotswolds, experiencing the outstanding natural beauty and historical wonders dating back to Saxon time. After a magnificent lunch at the revered Hollow Bottom Inn, you make your way through Chipping Camden famed for the most desirable high street in England and onwards to your final destination, Moreton-in-Marsh.

  • Distance: 27 miles / 43 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 1887 feet / 575 meters

Day 4

Day four will see you leaving behind the rolling hills of the Cotswolds as you venture through the rural farming communities heading towards Shakespeare’s Country. After passing through the quaint and traditional farming villages, you make your way into the famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon along an off-road cycleway. You arrive with plenty of time to explore the place where William Shakespeare once called home.

  • Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 633 feet / 192 meters

Day 5

On the fifth day, you leave behind Stratford-upon-Avon and venture back into the Cotswolds, exploring traffic-free routes, Tudor villages, buildings left by the Normans, and traditional Cotswold villages on the way. The final destination for the day is the unspoilt village of Kingham, which boasts one of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds. Tonight is a night to relax and enjoy this lovely village.

  • Distance: 33 miles / 53 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 1959 feet / 597 meters

Day 6

On the sixth day, you experience the last stunning views from the Cotswolds whilst riding your way back into Oxfordshire. Along the way, you’ll stop in a very small village with a fabulous 16th-century pub offering freshly prepared meals using locally sourced produce. After lunch, you head along an off-road track which takes you directly into your destination for the evening, Woodstock, giving you plenty of time to explore the picturesque 11th-century market town. Also located in the town is the stately home of Blenheim Palace, which with its 2000 acres of gardens and marvelous architecture offers a fantastic experience.

  • Distance: 27 miles / 44 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 1669 feet / 508 meters

Day 7

The final day gives you a chance to enjoy the tranquil canal waterways and explore a different side of Oxford city. After breakfast, you bid farewell to Woodstock and slowly making your way back to Oxford totally off-road along the Canal Path. On the way, you will pass through numerous locks, long boats on pleasure trips, and some fantastic pubs! When you arrive back in Oxford, there will be time to stop at a waterside pub for a spot of lunch before heading into a different part of the city to explore.

You greet Oxford at its historical castle, where a guided tour will take you high into one of Oxfords oldest buildings where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city. You will also delve deeper underground and experience Oxfords darker past. After leaving the castle, you scale the 13th-century Carfax Tower where you will see the beauty of the ‘Dreaming Spires of Oxford’. After looking over the city, you will venture onwards to Oxford’s largest college and only cathedral before heading to the city’s oldest pub. You finish the day riding through Oxford University buildings.

  • Distance: 18 miles / 29 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 196 feet / 60 meters

Departure day

On your departure day, you will have breakfast followed by a bike collection.

Location

This cycling tour will include the area of Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon in England, UK.

Food

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 every day
  • Vegetarian and light options available

Mid-morning 'elevenses'

  • Perfect locations for a British tradition 'Elevenses'
  • Great cafes to stop for a tea or coffee
  • Delicious pastries too tempting to miss!

Lunch

  • Classic pub lunches
  • Enjoy classic pub grub in country inns
  • A number of great pubs on the route - carefully selected and highlighted on Bainton Bikes's maps

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!

Dinner

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

Dinner

  • 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

Additional supplements

  • Punting from (18 GBP per hour, maximum 6 per punt)
  • Prosecco (from 25 GBP)
  • English sparkling wine (from 35 GBP)
  • Champagne (from 35 GBP)
  • Lunch (125 GBP per person, 15 GBP admin fee (total per group))
  • Dinner (235 GBP per person, 15 GBP admin fee (total per group))
  • Lunch and dinner (360 per person, 25 GBP admin fee (total per group))
  • Afternoon drink at the recommended local inn (5 GBP per person per day)

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)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 days of cycling
  • Guided tour of Oxford Castle
  • Entrance to Carfax Tower
  • A welcome pack
  • A roadmap
  • Luggage transfer
  • Bike hire (Dawes Mojave or Gazelle Chamonix)
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • A glass of cava
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • A guided tour for the morning in Oxford including college entrance fees (50 GBP)
  • A guided tour for the morning in Oxford including a guide to punt (60 GBP)
  • An additional guide to punt on the river, maximum of 6 people per punt including the guide (15 GBP per additional guide)
  • Theatre show at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre (seats from 15 GBP per person and 10 GBP booking fee (total per group))
  • Entrance to Shakespeare’s birthplace (20 GBP per person)
  • Entrance to Blenheim Palace Park, Gardens, and Palace (23 GBP per person)
  • Entrance to Blenheim Palace Park and Gardens only (14 GBP per person)
  • Mechanical support van equipped with spare parts, tools, and spare bikes (150 GBP per day)
  • Helmet (5 GBP per person)

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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Pricing information

The price for 12 persons’ package is available at 900 GBP per person.

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