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Cotswolds by Bike

Cotswolds by Bike

Cycle through the heart of England

  • Cycle through the Heart of England
  • Quaint yellow, stone-built villages
  • Riding across rolling hills
  • Biking between village pubs and old coaching inns
  • Enjoy scones & tea and beautiful stained glass in Fairford
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Cotswolds by Bike - UK Bike Tours
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Route

Start & Finish: Cheltenham

Day 1: Arrival into Cheltenham
Day 2: Cheltenham to Fampton Mansell (25.7-49 km / 16-30.4 miles)
Day 3: Fampton Mansell to Bibury (28.15-53.2 km / 17.5-33.1 miles)
Day 4: Bibury circular rides ( 23.65-50 km / 14.7-30.6 miles)
Day 5: Bibury to Guiting Power (26-53 km / 16.4-33 miles)
Day 6: Guiting Power circular rides (23-56 km / 14.3-35 miles)
Day 7: Guiting Power to Cheltenham (27-41 km / 13.5-25.5 miles)
Day 8: Arrangements end after breakfast

Day 1:    Arrival into Cheltenham

Arrival into Cheltenham.

Accommodation: The Bradley your guesthouse dates back to 1840, due to the small amount of work done to the house over the 100 years, it remains one the most important complete historical regency houses in Cheltenham, and it boasts a wonderful collection of antiques.

Day 2:    Cheltenham to Fampton Mansell (25.7-49 km / 16-30.4 miles)

You can choose from two cycling routes today.

Ride 1: Cycle via Elkstone, the Duntisbournes & Daglingworth with a distance of 32 km/19.8 miles or 25.7 km/16 miles.

This lovely ride is uphill at the beginning but from Elkstone goes through easier, undulating countryside. The ride down the Duntisbourne valley is a treat. The churches at Elkstone, Duntisbourne Rouse & Daglingworth are particularly worth visiting. There are two pub stops in the middle of the ride that you can choose from; you can either visit The Green Dragon at Cockleford or the Highwayman on the A417.

Ride 2: Takes you via Cowley, Sheepscombe, Painswick & Slad on a distance of 49 km/30.4 miles or 44 km/27.3 miles.

This is an interesting, varied and hilly ride with attractive countryside and scenery and some famous towns and villages. You visit Painswick, which is an elegant wool town and Slad, the home of Laurie Lee, the famous Cotswold author. Stroud the industrial centre of the valleys and Bisley, another beautiful wool town. Although there are several steep hills to ascent with your bike, the destinations are definitely worth the effort.


Accommodation: The Crown Inn is a 16th century stone inn overlooking the beautiful, wooded, Chalford Valley, your accommodation is 4 crowns.

Day 3:    Fampton Mansell to Bibury (28.15-53.2 km / 17.5-33.1 miles)

Ride 1: Takes you to cycle via South Cerney & Meysey Hampton on a distance of 35.7 km/22.2 miles or 28.15 km/17.5 miles.

This easy bike ride circles through the Cotswolds' South Cerney & the Water Park. It passes through several quiet villages & the flat south Cotswolds countryside. You will finish in Barnsley where we recommend to visit the church and Barnsley House Garden.

Ride 2: Cycle via Tetbury, Cherington, Ashton Keynes & Down Ampney on a distance of 53.2 km/33.1 miles.

This easy ride visits Tetbury, an attractive Wool town, then goes east to Ashton Keynes and the Cotswold Water Park. Enjoy the pleasure of cycling through several quiet villages south east of Cirencester before going north back into the Cotswolds to the beautiful stone village of Barnsley.


Accommodation: For two nights, the Catherine Wheel offers a warm welcome in its family-friendly, 15th century Cotswold stone building with a lounge bar, restaurant and garden.

Day 4:    Bibury circular rides ( 23.65-50 km / 14.7-30.6 miles)

Ride 1: Opt for a short ride to Cirencester, distance = 23.65 km/14.7 miles.

This easy bike ride goes to Cirencester via Welsh Way & Whiteway, and takes you to return via Preston & Ampney. Along the way, there is lots to see and do and Cirencester, founded by the Romans in AD 49, is home to a twice weekly street market, magnificent 'wool church' and the excellent Corinium Museum on Roman history.

Ride 2: Cycle to Fairford via the Coln Valley & the Eastleaches with a distance of 50 km/30.6 or 41.85 km/26 miles. 

This beautiful ride goes down the Coln Valley, which has several typical, pretty, Cotswold villages. The Woollen Mill at Filkins is interesting and you can buy some real Cotswold souvenirs. Fairford is a good place for tea, note the stained glass windows which are a must-see.

Accommodation: the Catherine Wheel offers a warm welcome in its family-friendly 15th century Cotswold stone building with a lounge bar, restaurant and garden.

Day 5:    Bibury to Guiting Power (26-53 km / 16.4-33 miles)

Ride 1: Cycle to Guiting Power via Chedworth Roman Villa, Northleach & Notgrove with a distance of 35.5 km/22.1 miles or 26 km/16.4 miles.

This is an enjoyable bike ride over undulating countryside. The Roman Villa is very interesting and Northleach is an attractive ’wool’ town with a lovely church.

Ride 2: Cycle to Guiting Power via the Windrush Valley, Burford, Bourton on the Water & the Slaughters, the distance is 53 km/33 miles or 43.45 km/27 miles.

This is an interesting, enjoyable and fairly easy cycling route. It goes through many picturesque Cotswold villages. We believe that Windrush and the Slaughters are particularly delightful. Burford is an attractive town and Bourton a lively tourist centre.

Accommodation: Two nights at the Guiting Guest House a tastefully restored 16th century 4 star Cotswold stone farmhouse in the centre of a small and isolated typical Cotswold village that has allowed time to pass it by.

Day 6:    Guiting Power circular rides (23-56 km / 14.3-35 miles)

Ride 1: A short ride to the Slaughters & Lower Swell with a distance of 23 km/14.3 miles.

This undulating bike ride goes through beautiful countryside and attractive quiet villages. Upper Slaughter is a lovely place to picnic and spend time by the ford on a fine day.

Ride 2: Cycle to Snowshill & Chipping Campden via Blockley & Sezincote - with extensions to Broadway & Hidcote Manor Gardens. Choose from distances of 42 km/26.3 miles, 45 km/27.9 miles or 56 km/35 miles.

The lovely bike ride goes across rolling countryside to Snowshill and Chipping Campden - two classic Cotswold towns. You can extend the cycling to visit Broadway and Hidcote Manor Gardens. The ride is quite hilly and even the minor roads round Chipping Campden can get very busy, especially at holiday weekends.

Accommodation: the Guiting Guest House, a tastefully restored 16th century 4 star Cotswold stone farmhouse in the centre of a small and isolated typical Cotswold village that has allowed time to pass it by.

Day 7:    Guiting Power to Cheltenham (27-41 km / 13.5-25.5 miles)

Ride 1: Cycle in the Cotswolds via Winchcombe & Brockhampton on a distance of 28.6 km/17.8 miles or 27 km/13.5 miles.

This bike ride covers some beautiful Cotswolds countryside with good views from the hills. It is quite hilly, particularly down into and up from Winchcombe, and it gives you a good knowledge of the Cotswold scarp! Winchcombe is well worth visiting, and you can easily to spend several hours there.

Ride 2: Takes you to cycle to Cheltenham via Northleach, Chedworth Roman Villa, Withington & Seven Springs, distance = 41 km/25.5 miles.

This bike ride goes through beautiful countryside, some attractive villages, and to Northleach - an important ’wool’ town - with an interesting ’wool’ church. The Roman Villa is fascinating and makes for a great break from your cycling.

Accommodation: The Bradley, your guesthouse, dates back to 1840. Due to the small amount of work done to the house over the 100 years, it remains one the most important complete historical regency houses in Cheltenham and it boasts a wonderful collection of antiques.

Day 8:    Arrangements end after breakfast

Trip concludes in Cheltenham after breakfast.

'standard' hotels

The hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts on this Cotswolds cycle tour are family-run, clean and comfortable (ranging from 2-4 stars), and provide access to local living thanks to our hosts. The hospitality is generous and their knowledge of the Cotswolds is invaluable. Where possible, we have chosen locations that add to the traveller's experience.

The Abbey (Cheltenham)
The Abbey (Cheltenham)

The Abbey provides first class bed & breakfast accommodation in the centre of the attractive town of Cheltenham. The hotel is ideally located in a pleasant residential street, part of the Central Cheltenham Conservation Area. It lies beside the pretty Sandford Park with its open-air swimming lido, and is just a brief stroll from the town's many shops, restaurants, theatres and bars.

abbeyhotel-cheltenham.com

The Crown Hotel (Frampton Mansell)
The Crown Hotel (Frampton Mansell)

This is a seventeenth century ‘cider house’ that is steeped in history and is, quite simply, a perfect village pub. Roaring log fires; delicious, traditional, home-cooked food; fine, locally brewed real ales; a stunningly beautiful building dating from 1633 with very well appointed 12-bedroom hotel annex and simply exquisite views across the golden valley.

www.thecrowninn-cotswolds.co.uk

The Catherine Wheel (Bibury)
The Catherine Wheel (Bibury)

The Catherine Wheel is a family-run venue. They aim to use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and to serve flavourful, appetising food which is all made by hand. The rooms are situated in a separate building next to the pub, so you can come and go as you please without noise or restriction.

www.catherinewheel-bibury.co.uk

Guiting Power Guest House (Guiting Power)
Guiting Power Guest House (Guiting Power)

Guiting Guest House which is a delightful and tastefully restored 16th Century Cotswold stone former farmhouse with all modern facilities. An atmosphere of warmth is created by exposed beams, inglenook fireplace and solid elm floors from the Wychwood Forest. The open fire lends itself to a relaxed and informal welcome as guests are greeted with a cup of tea and perhaps a slice of homemade cake.

guitingguesthouse.com

practical info

This cycling program in the Cotswolds can be booked any day between April 1st and October 25th, subject to availability

Closest airports: Birmingham, London Heathrow

Getting to/from Cheltenham

You can get to/from Cheltenham via train from/to London and Birmingham

Contact us about the option to hire an e-bike on this trip

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • 7 nights´accommodation (Hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred between your accommodation daily, not exceeding 20kg
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller Supplement
  • Bike rental, eg. hybrid bikes, e-bike etc.
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