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Chedworth valley cycling, Cotswolds, England, UK

Cycling the Cotswolds

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    6 days $2,584 ex. flights $376Rob Gardiner5 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

    Key Highlights of this Itinerary

    Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, England, UK 1

    Cotswold history

    Take private tours of a number of historic Cotswold houses.

    Castle Coombe,  Cotswolds, England, UK 2

    Idyllic villages

    Pedal through quaint villages built from crumbling Cotswold limestone.

    Yellow butterfly, Cotswolds, England UK 3

    Local produce

    Sample locally grown food and wine to get a real taste of the Cotswolds.

    Bike in the Cotswolds 4

    Curated routes

    Benefit from expertly planned cycling routes, designed to avoid busy roads.

    Explore our suggested itinerary

    • Day 1

      Moreton-in-Marsh

    • Day 2

      Windrush Valley

    • Day 3

      Coln and Chedworth Valleys

    • Day 4

      Miserden and the Golden Valley

    • Day 5

      Chavenage and the Fosse Way

    • Day 6

      Badminton

    Day 1

    Moreton-in-Marsh

    Arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon, set out for a leisurely cycle to the village of Hook Norton. Here, visit a local sculptor before driving back to Moreton-in-Marsh.

    Day 2

    Windrush Valley

    In the morning, cycle from Daylesford to Asthall Manor. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue along the idyllic Windrush Valley. Finish in the quaint villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter.

    Day 3

    Coln and Chedworth Valleys

    Begin with a short walk along the Coln River, from Bibury to Quenington. Then take a short tour of the kitchen garden at Thyme before a lunch fresh from their garden. In the afternoon, get back on the bikes and cycle up the Coln Valley and across towards Chedworth – some of the best cycling in the Cotswolds.

    Day 4

    Miserden and the Golden Valley

    Cycle to the small village of Miserden via the Churn Valley. Explore the gardens and estate before having a light lunch at the nursery cafe. Continue on to the Golden Valley and cross the open Rodborough Common, before a final climb up to Woodchester Vineyard. Stop here for a tour and some wine tasting.

    Day 5

    Chavenage and the Fosse Way

    Cycle from the edge of the Golden Valley to Rodmarton Manor. Stop here for a private tour, before continuing to Chavenage House. After a picnic lunch, take a guided tour around the house and church. Then continue south along the ancient Fosse Way, finishing by the Badminton Estate.

    Day 6

    Badminton

    Drive to the Badminton Estate for a morning guided tour. Then either travel back to Moreton-in-Marsh to collect your car or transfer to a nearby train station.

    Bike by gate, Cotswolds, England, UK
    Cotswolds, England

    Why on two wheels?

    The Cotswold hills hide a wealth of tiny lanes that link timeless valleys. These beautiful routes beg to be explored and there is no better way than by bicycle.

    This trip links together a range of quintessentially Cotswold experiences via this wonderful network of small lanes. The cycling is far from flat, but the days are not long (40-60km) and 90% of the riding is on quiet country roads.

    The pace will be relaxed and there will be regular breaks, so this is a trip for all abilities. And for those who love the feeling of cycling but would like a helping hand, we can offer e-bike hire – just get in touch.

    Sunset at Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, England, UK
    Cotswolds, England

    Moreton-in-Marsh to the Slaughters

    Begin in the north Cotswolds, in the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. Set out on a quiet afternoon cycle to the village of Hook Norton, home to renowned sculptor Hamish Mackie. Spend some time with Hamish at his workshop, learning how he produces his beautiful bronze pieces.

    The following day, begin the slow meander by cycling to Asthall Manor and visiting their seasonal on form sculpture exhibition. Then continue along the bucolic Windrush Valley, dotted with quiet villages and culminating with photogenic Upper and Lower Slaughter.

    Cycling at golden hour in the Yanworth Valley, Cotswolds, England,  United Kingdom
    Cotswolds, England

    The Coln Valley to Rodborough Common

    A walk along the Coln Valley starts the day, before a visit to the bountiful kitchen garden at Thyme, followed by a locally-sourced lunch. Return to the bikes in the afternoon and explore the picturesque Chedworth Valley, stopping en route to visit a “Be Thankful” village.

    The following day, cross the Churn Valley, stopping briefly to examine some surprising medieval graffiti. Arrive at the estate at Miserden and spend some time exploring the wonderful gardens here.

    An afternoon of more challenging cycling follows this, as you make your way across the Golden Valley. Finish with an unexpected twist – a tasting tour of a local vineyard.

    Chavenage House, Cotswolds, England
    Cotswolds, England
    Chavenage Estate, Cotswolds, England
    Cotswolds, England

    Rodmarton to Badminton

    Manor-hop as you cycle from Rodmarton to Chavenage, stopping for private tours of each of these beautiful country houses (the latter may be recognisable to Poldark viewers). Along the way, divert for a quick visit to the entrance of the now-abandoned Sapperton Canal tunnel.

    Afterwards, briefly join the ancient Fosse Way as this Roman road takes you the outskirts of the Badminton Estate.

    Finish with a final morning tour of the Badminton Estate, before being transferred back to your car or to a nearby train station.

    How fit do I need to be?

    Each day’s route is not long (40-60km), but the best roads in the Cotswolds are rarely the flat ones, so the cycling will have regular climbs. If you cycle once a week or more then you should be absolutely fine, as the pace will be very relaxed.

    If you don’t cycle regularly and are worried that the Cotswold hills might test you, then we would suggest an e-bike. We have partnered with a local hire company that offers e-bikes, so please just get in touch.

    Can I bring my own bike?

    Yes. Given that we are aiming this trip at UK residents, we have excluded the cost of bike hire because many people may want to bring their own bike.

    Of course, if you would prefer to hire a bike then we can arrange this for you. We have partnered with a local hire firm that have a range of good quality rental bikes.

    Can I use an e-bike?

    Absolutely. As mentioned already, we encourage this for people who do not cycle regularly. E-bikes are definitely not cheating and they are a great way to level the playing field amongst a group of mixed ability riders.

    What happens if it is raining?

    We will do our best to make sure that some cycling happens each day, even if it is between rain showers. However, if there are days that are a total washout then we will arrange alternative activities in the local area rather than cycling.

    Some flexibility will be required as the English weather is notoriously unpredictable, so aspects of the trip may change at short notice because of this.

    Will there be a support vehicle?

    Yes, there will be a support vehicle throughout. This will also be used to transport both you and the bikes at the beginning and end of each day. This means that each day’s route will be completely different and there is no need for us to plan circular rides – a significant benefit.

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    Accommodation

    Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

    The Close Hotel £££££

    • Cotswolds
    • Boutique

    A stone’s throw from Tetbury’s iconic Market House, the Close Hotel dates back to the 16th century, when it was constructed as a private residence. Its fantastic central location means it is within walking distance of the town’s best restaurants, as well as the famous Royal Highgrove Shop. Although now a hotel, The Close retains the exclusive feel of a Cotswoldian townhouse, with beautifully manicured lawns tucked away behind it. Deck chairs in the garden in the summer and log fires inside in the winter add relaxed touch, which complements the historic surroundings perfectly.

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    The Manor House £££££

    • Cotswolds
    • Boutique

    A converted 16th-century home, the Manor House exudes Cotswold charm with its traditional design and cosy atmosphere. Located in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, it is conveniently located for exploring the northern and central Cotswolds. The Manor House’s central location means the quiet market town is right on your doorstep, whilst beautiful gardens spread out behind the manor building. For those looking to explore, this means a relaxed amble through the town is easily accessed. But if even this sounds too energetic, then the option of a cocktail on the terrace is even closer.

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    Includes / Excludes

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    Activity Level
    Very Active

    What is included

    • Three nights at The Manor House
    • Two nights at The Close Hotel
    • Breakfasts and lunches throughout
    • Support vehicle throughout
    • Guide and support driver
    • Visits and activities
    • Transfers

    What is excluded

    • Travel to the Cotswolds
    • Bike hire (but this can be arranged through Steppes)
    • Evening meals apart from a group meal on the last night
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Gratuities

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