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4 Days From a Castle to the Cotswolds Luxurious Cycling Holiday in England, UK

Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa, Harbury Lane, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick District, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England, UK

Self Guided Cycling Holiday in UK

The Carter Company offers you a wonderfully varied tour that links three different towns, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Chipping Campden which each offer their own unique blend of history and culture. It's also The Carter Company's only tour that takes in Warwick, offering an opportunity to visit the world-famous Warwick Castle. This is a wonderful option for anyone looking for a long weekend away with gentle cycling and hand-picked luxury hotels. Experience a spectacular cycling holiday just for you!

Key information

  • Trip type : Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: fairly flat with a couple of slopes
  • 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 : 62 Miles / 100 Kilometers
  • Bike type: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent

Highlights

  • 3 days of cycling
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Hybrid bike and additional accessories
  • Handbook, route directions, and maps of the area
  • Guidance and emergency call-out service
  • Services of the friendly local hosts
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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Accommodation

On this luxurious trip, you will stay at AA/RAC awarded four and five-star (the occasional 3 star) hotels, manor houses, old inns, and boutique hotels chosen for their quality, character, and location. Your accommodation starts at Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa in Leamington Spa, followed by The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, and finish at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden.

Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa

This magnificent 43-bedroom manor house hotel in Leamington Spa, set in 10 acres of grounds, is the epitome of a quintessential English country house hotel. Elegance and style personified, Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa is the matriarch of the hotels and has a pedigree and history that has long been associated with great hotel keeping. Guests to Mallory inevitably fall in love and return time and time again.

The Arden Hotel

The Arden Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. With its free private car park, it is the perfect base to be right in the heart of Shakespeare’s Stratford. Directly opposite the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatres, the hotel is ideally located to walk to all of the town’s major attractions including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Harvard House, and Hall’s Croft.

The Kings Hotel

The Kings Hotel is a beautiful boutique townhouse hotel tucked away in ‘the green and pleasant land’ of the Cotswolds. An ideal base for exploring and rambling the Cotswold Way, it offers a cozy bar complete with a log burner to put your feet up with a drink after a long walk, then dine in the 2 AA Rosette restaurant before retiring for a well-earned rest in luxury bedrooms with comfortable beds.

Program

Day 1 (Leamington Spa)

You will arrive at your hotel in Leamington Spa at your leisure. Your host will meet you, fit you to your bikes, answer any questions you have, and run through your itinerary to check you are happy with everything. You are free to enjoy the rest of your evening at this quintessential English country house hotel.

You will get your adventure handbook packed full with information, history, and photos of the area your tour covers, as well as The Carter Company's insider tips on how to discover the local secrets and hidden gems most tourists never see. Your hybrid bike will come with a pannier, pump, lock, toolkit, spare inner tube, map holder, and helmet.

Day 2 (Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon)

Today is a wonderful first day of cycling; much of it traffic-free cruising along two different canals, taking in Warwick (where you may wish to stop and visit the castle), the Grand Union Canal, and the Hatton Lock flight. Your route then heads cross-country through quaint little villages to Mary Arden's Farm where Shakespeare’s mother used to live. Soak up the history here with a guided tour of the house and then hop back on your bike and cycle along the Stratford Canal into the heart of the town where your hotel awaits you.

  • Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometers

Day 3 (Stratford-upon-Avon to Chipping Campden)

You will depart Stratford in the morning and set out on your route which takes you along a former railway line and then heads with a gentle slope into the Cotswolds. This is quintessential England with delightful honey-colored villages to explore like Ebrington and charming countryside. There is the opportunity to stop off en-route and visit Hidcote Manor Gardens and / or Kiftsgate if you're green-fingered. Your final destination is Chipping Campden, known widely as the gem of The Cotswolds, a lovely place to stop for the night and take the time to enjoy in all its splendor.

  • Distance: 19 miles / 31 kilometers

Day 4 (Circular route from Chipping Campden)

Today, you have the option of doing a circular ride through the Cotswolds all the way to Moreton-in-Marsh, taking in some delightful villages and charming countryside, before returning back to Chipping Campden. You will then be transferred back to your car in Leamington or dropped at the local station for your return home.

  • Distance: 20 miles / 32 kilometers

Location

This holiday links three different towns of England, UK, including Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Chipping Campden. Warwick lies upon the river Avon and the route includes some lovely canalside cycling which is completely traffic-free and full of historical points of interest. Upon reaching Stratford-upon-Avon, there is lots of Shakespearean-related culture and heritage to soak up. The tour then heads into the heart of the Cotswolds, taking in pretty villages like Ebrington and the gem of this area, Chipping Campden. There are also some fantastic landscape gardens to visit en-route, including Kiftsgate and / or Hidcote.

Food

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

What's included

  • 3 days of self-guided cycling
  • Hybrid bike and additional accessories
  • Adventure handbook full of information, history, and photos of the area your tour covers
  • Route directions and maps of the area
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Service of friendly local hosts
  • Emergency call out service
  • Travel protection
  • Advice, help, and guidance
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Travel to and from the trip start and finish points
  • Entrances to attractions
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Minibars
  • Boat fares
  • Pre and post trip meals

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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