Base yourselves in the historic market town of Chipping Campden and take a series of circular cycle rides exploring the surrounding villages and countryside! The cycle rides range in distance to suit people of all riding abilities. You will bike along carefully chosen traffic-free routes passing through stunning Cotswolds scenery, quaint Cotswolds stone villages as well as some of the area’s more popular towns and attractions. This center-based holiday is the best way to see the real Cotswolds.
Noel Arms Hotel is one of the oldest Cotswold inns and steeped in history. It is the perfect spot for a break in the Cotswold, as well as weekend escapes to the country, and the historic Cotswold Way, which winds its way through a glorious countryside which starts right outside the front door. Things are a bit more relaxed these days. You can put your feet up in front of the log fire in the bar, read the papers and treat yourself to a homemade cake in the excellent coffee shop as well as enjoying the restaurant and bar, which features the very best produce from the Cotswolds.
Noel Arms Hotel offers 28 en-suite bedrooms. Each room combines antique furnishings with stylish and simple decoration. The wide selection of room types includes petite double, classic double, superior room, large superior room, family room, the four poster, and 1657 four poster.
Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh by train from London and then take a taxi or bus to Chipping Campden. Check into the hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring this historic village. Wander around the ancient streets, visit the church of St James and the Market Hall and maybe stop in for a pint at a cozy pub on the High Street.
If you have ordered bikes, they will arrive in the morning and you will receive a brief biking orientation. Then you are free to choose one of Cotswolds Adventures carefully selected circular cycle rides which range in distance from 9 - 40 miles. Return to Chipping Campden in the afternoon and maybe pop to the nearby village of Ebrington for dinner at its fantastic pub.
Choose another circular ride from Cotswolds Adventures' selection and then make your way back to Chipping Campden for the evening or you may wish to take a bus to Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon for dinner.
Choose another circular ride from Cotswolds Adventures' selection and then head back to the hotel in the afternoon ready for your onward journey. There is the option of extending the accommodation by one night if you wish to stay on after your tour.
Cotswolds Adventures provides top of the range 21-speed hybrid bikes suitable for males and females and catering for all heights, so please let them know if you require an extra small or large bike.
This break includes luggage transfer(s) if needed between lodgings, so you only need to worry about your day pack when you are moving accommodation. Each break includes luggage transfers for one large suitcase per person. You need to leave it in reception on the morning you are moving villages and it will arrive at your destination by late afternoon.
Solo travelers are welcome on this tour and a supplement applies to cover the cost of solo occupancy of a double / twin room and the extra cost incurred in moving one set of luggage instead of two and providing a set of route maps for one rather than two people. A supplement also applies to those requiring their own room.
Cotswolds Adventures offers a variety of different cycle routes raining from eight miles to 28 miles so there should be something to suit everyone. Please be aware that a good general level of fitness is required and that the Cotswolds is by nature hilly so there are occasional, short ascents but on the whole, the routes are quiet and flat wherever possible.
On this holiday, you can choose to ride to:
Chipping Campden is a charming market town with its gently curving Cotswold stone High Street, the fabulous wool church of St James, the medieval Market Hall and almshouses and the remains of William Grevel’s manor house which was partly destroyed in the English Civil War. Chipping Campden and its association with the Arts and Crafts Movement offers something for everyone and is a great base to explore nearby Broadway, Hidcote Manor Garden, and the surrounding Cotswold villages. It also has many shops, restaurants, and pubs to keep you entertained during your stay.
Covering an area of roughly 800 square miles (1,280 square kilometers) and stretching across six counties (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Somerset), the Cotswolds truly is a special place. Roughly spanning Oxford and Stratford in the north and the east to Bath and Cheltenham in the south and the west, the Cotswolds first became prominent with the rise of the Wool and textile trade from the 12th to 18th centuries.
Many cottages and manor houses remain from this period made from the trademark oolitic honey-tinted Cotswold stone that has become synonymous with the area. In the 19th century, William Morris and his Arts and Crafts Movement drew inspiration from the Cotswolds and to this day a strong arts and crafts tradition can be felt all over the area.
Nowadays, more than 38 million people from all over the world visit the Cotswolds every year to experience the beauty that the area has to offer. It includes farmers markets, picture-postcard villages, stunning scenery, quirky festivals and traditions, honey-stone cottages, friendly locals, celebrity spotting, traditional country pubs, as well as locally sourced food and drink. The Cotswolds has something for everyone.
Breakfasts are included in the price. Please bring some snacks and some water for the ride. Cotswolds Adventures usually stops in a lovely country pub for a spot of lunch.
You can spend your first day to explore Chipping Campden.
Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London or Gatwick Airport (LGW).
The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington station to Moreton-in-Marsh and then to take a short taxi or bus (No. 21 / 22) to Chipping Campden. London Paddington is easily accessible from both Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London and Gatwick Airport (LGW) via public transport.