A bike is the best way to explore the quintessential villages and charming countryside of the Cotswolds. For 140 miles (225 kilometres), this tour meanders through the northern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where every mile is crammed full of history, viewpoints and culture.
The beauty of self-guided trips is that you are free to embark on your adventure whenever suits you. Let us know your dates when making a booking and we will begin arranging your accommodation, luggage transfers and route notes. We also have some set dates if you prefer to join a self guided tours with others.
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140 miles / 6 Days
Starting from Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for its wattle and daub architecture and as the birthplace of notable Briton, William Shakespeare, is a fitting beginning. It feels like you have travelled several centuries back in time.
You’ll visit all the must-see villages of the northern Cotswolds – Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water – but also leave the beaten track behind in favour of less explored villages such as Bibury, the Brailes and the Slaughters.
The Cotswolds may be bucolic but 6,800 feet (2,100 metres) of climbing will test your legs then reward you with superb views. From Broadway Tower, for example, the panorama unfolds across a patchwork of 16 counties.
Stratford-upon-Avon: Birthplace of William Shakespeare
Historic Town Centre.
Cycling along quiet Country Lanes
Chedford Romon Villa
- Summary of the Tour
- Dates and Prices
- What’s Included
- What’s Not Included
Summary of the Tour.
Day 1 (30 miles)
Making a journey to the beautiful Dumbleton Hall
Day 3 (30 miles)
Leaving Dumbleton we head to Broadway
Day 1: Stratford-upon-Avon to Dumbleton (22.4 miles)
After leaving on the Stratford Greenway Cycle Trail, the route plunges towards the Cotswolds and finishes at the imposing 19th Manor House of Dumbleton Hall.
Day 2:Dumbleton to Moreton-in-Marsh (19.1 miles)
Pedal across tranquil countryside to arrive in elegant Broadway. Don’t eat too much for lunch, though, because a 1,000 foot climb immediately follows, up to panoramic Broadway Tower. Overnight in Moreton-in-Marsh.
Day 3: Moreton-in-Marsh to Bibury (24.2 miles)
You’re now in the heart of the north Cotswolds! Rolling hills transport you between the fairytale villages of the Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on—the-Water. Picturesque Bibury is your home for the night.
Day 4: Bibury to Temple Guiting (23.6 miles)
Today’s route wends steadily uphill beside the River Colm. Be sure to stop at Chedworth Roman Villa to explore its glorious 5th century mosaics, before continuing to Temple Guiting along peaceful roads through forgotten valleys.
Day 5: Temple Guiting to Long Compton (24.8 miles)
The hills and valleys continue, but today’s ride is extra special with fragrant fields of lavender and a stone circle dated to 1,500 BC! Finish in Long Compton, a charming village cradled by a narrow valley.
Day 6: Long Compton to Stratford-upon-Avon (25 miles)
As you leave the Cotswolds and return towards Stratford-upon-Avon, the hills shrink but the countryside remains ever-enchanting. Quiet roads escort you through the villages of the Brailes and the Upper and Lower Tysoe. Celebrate your week’s cycling with a drink or meal in the birthplace of Shakespeare!
Dates and Prices.
22nd May -29th May 2021£375
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• 6 nights of high quality accommodation. (Discount possible for sharing rooms on request).
• Route plans, accessible as a GPS track on your phone.
• Expert staff available to support your trip and answer any questions.
• Luggage transfer to carry your bags between hotels, so you don’t have to!
• Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain.
What’s Not Included.
What’s Not Included?
• A Bike and Helmet. You can bring your own bike, or arrange a bike rental from one of the various companies serving the Cotswolds.
• A Guide. This is a self-guided trip, but don’t worry; our route plans are really simply to navigate with. We advise you have basic bike maintenance skills, such as fixing a puncture.
• Transport to/from Stratford-upon-Avon.
• Travel Insurance. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
• Food. Most of your accommodation options include breakfast, but lunch, snacks and evening meals are not provided.
• We do not include accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon the night before your tour begins. If you want us to arrange this for you, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
This is a Grade 1 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for those new to cycling who can ride a bike and are aspiring to do something challenging.’ These routes are ‘gently undulating’ and ‘the aim is to enjoy the outdoors on a relaxed tour’.
The average daily distance is 23 miles.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?
Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.
Will we be able to wash our clothes on the trip?
There will be opportunities to wash clothes in your accommodation or at a launderette.
What level of fitness do I need?
This is a Grade 1 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for those new to cycling who can ride a bike and are aspiring to do something challenging.’ These routes are ‘gently undulating’ and ‘the aim is to enjoy the outdoors on a relaxed tour’. Check out our coaching section for more info.
What level of support is offered?
This is a self-guided trip meaning we arrange your hotels, a baggage transfer and provide you with detailed route notes. We remain on hand to answer any questions and offer support.
Can I use an e-bike for this tour?
This route has been designed with electric bikes in mind. All our accommodation options can charge e-bikes batteries overnight.