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Self-Guided Bike Tour in UK

Enjoy a Cotswold cycling holiday with Cotswolds Adventures! With the rides ranging from 18 to 28 miles, you will experience a short self-guided cycling break in the North Cotswolds. Staying in the pretty villages of Chipping Campden, Winchcombe, and Bourton-on-the-Water with four full days of cycling, this cycling break offers you the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside and villages.

Key information

  • Trip Type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Hilly and mostly 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)
  • Total Distance: 92 Miles / 148 Kilometers
  • Bike: Not included and available for rent (80 GBP per person)

Highlights

  • 4-day self-guided bike tour
  • Starts and ends in Chipping Campden
  • Biking along carefully chosen traffic-free routes
  • Detailed route maps and tour folder
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfers
  • Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in standard accommodation staying in quality inns and bed and breakfasts. You will be staying for two nights each in Chipping Campden and Bourton-on-the-Water and one night in Winchcombe. Upgrades to superior accommodation are also available at an extra charge.

Lygon Arms Hotel

The Lygon Arms is a small family-run hotel well known for its friendly atmosphere and traditional English food offering accommodation, restaurant, and public bar. Originally a 16th-century Cotswold coaching inn, the Lygon Arms is situated in the beautiful High Street of Chipping Campden

The White Hart Inn

The White Hart Inn is situated in Winchcombe, set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds. It has a timeless quality about it which makes it an attractive center for sightseers and Cotswolds walkers. There’s plenty of room in the bar, offering a wonderfully relaxed way to drink throughout the day and night and the restaurant is renowned for its fresh local dishes, a popular restaurant for many locals and visitors. They also have eight individual en-suite bedrooms to choose from plus three rambler-style rooms, perfect for the family.

The Lansdowne

The Lansdowne is a four-star silver-rated family-run guesthouse located within 200 meters of the center of the pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the stand-out villages in the Cotswolds. The village has lots of attractions like the perfumery, vintage car museum, model railway, the pottery and the famous model village. Alternatively, guests may enjoy just sitting quietly on the banks of the River Windrush as it makes its way through the village. Bourton-on-the-Water is also very convenient to Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford, Blenheim Palace, and the Roman Baths in Bath.

The guesthouse has 13 rooms including a four-poster room and two singles. All rooms have en-suite facilities, free internet access, and tea and coffee making facilities. They serve an English breakfast as well as a selection of pastries, fruit, and cereals. They also have ample free parking. The check-in is between 15:00 and 18:00 and the check-out is by 10:00. Early and late arrivals must be confirmed with them by telephone before a booking is made.

Program

Day 1

Arrive in Chipping Campden, check into the hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring this beautiful village. Visit the wool church of St James, the almshouses, and the market hall. There will be plenty of options for dinner and drinks.

  • Overnight: Chipping Campden

Day 2

If you have requested bikes, they will arrive in the morning and you will be given a brief orientation. You will then embark on your first day of cycling. You will depart from Chipping Campden to Winchcombe - 18 miles - passing Broadway Tower, Snowshill, and the lovely villages of Stanton and Stanway.

  • Overnight: Winchcombe

Day 3

This day, you will take a short 18-mile ride to Bourton-on-the-Water where you will base yourselves for the next two nights. The distance from Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water is 18 miles via Guiting Power as well as Upper and Lower Slaughter.

  • Overnight: Bourton-on-the-Water

Day 4

Today, you will take a longer circular tour from Bourton-on-the-Water where you will return for your final evening in the town. The ride from Bourton-on-the-Water to Bibury Loop takes 28 miles via Coln St. Aldwyns, Northleach and The Rissingtons.

  • Overnight: Bourton-on-the-Water

Day 5

Today is your last day of cycling and you will take a nice 28-mile ride from Bourton-on-the-Water back to Chipping Campden where you will stay for your final night. The ride from Bourton-on-the-Water to Chipping Campden takes 28 miles passing through Adlestrop, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Ebrington.

  • Overnight: Chipping Campden

Day 6

This is your final day and your bikes (if rented) will be collected from your hotel in the morning. You then need to make your way to your next destination. Moreton-in-Marsh station is an easy taxi ride or bus journey away.

Notes: Tours run rain or shine. This is, after all, England and they are famous for its rain! In the case of a freak storm or hazardous weather conditions, tours will be canceled and Cotswolds Adventures will contact you the day before to let you know, so please check your email.

Bike

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.

Luggage transfer

This break includes luggage transfer(s) 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

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.

Level of fitness

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.

Location

This bike tour will take you from Chipping Campden to Winchcombe then Bourton-on-the-Water, and then finishes in Chipping Campden. Chipping Campden is a picture-perfect medieval wool market town with lovely architecture, shops, and restaurants. Winchcombe was a major town in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and once had an impressive abbey that was destroyed by Henry VIII. Bourton-on-the-Water’s charming riverside location makes it affectionally known as the Venice of the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds

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.

Food

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.

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)

  • A visit to the wool church of St James, the almshouses, and the market hall
  • Exploring Chipping Campden

What's included

  • 4-day self-guided bike tour
  • Detailed route maps and tour folder
  • Carefully chosen cycle routes
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers between Chipping Campden, Winchcombe, and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Emergency support

What's not included

  • Transfers to and from the start / finish points
  • Snacks, lunches, and dinners
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London or Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Arrival by train

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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