Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

Quiet roads criss-cross the idyllic landscapes of the Cotswolds. Rolling hills, verdant countryside and secret valleys create picturesque scenes for you to cycle through the middle of.

One of the big delights of the Cotswolds are the fairytale villages where time appears to have frozen in some halcyon heyday. This fictional quality is bolstered by having formed the set for numerous films and TV shows. As you cycle, you might just recognise Hogwarts from Harry Potter or scenes from Spielberg’s War Horse or Downton Abbey.

Two millennia have etched a mark into the landscape as the Cotswolds repeatedly found itself at the heart of history’s major events. There’s Bath’s namesake baths and the Fosse Way which document the Roman Empire’s expansion. Medieval England can be relived with a visit to Malmesbury Abbey or Chippenham’s St Andrew’s Church. And a more recent, industrial past can be witnessed in the limestone gravel mines of the Cotswolds Water Park, or in the Kennet and Avon Canal or the disused Somerset and Dorset Railway.

Cycle Britain

144 miles / 6 Days

One of the big delights of the South Cotswolds are the fairytale villages where time appears to have frozen in some halcyon heyday. This fictional quality is bolstered by having formed the set for numerous films and TV shows. As you cycle, you might just recognise Hogwarts from Harry Potter or scenes from Spielberg’s War Horse< or Downton Abbey.

Two millennia have etched a mark into the landscape as the Cotswolds repeatedly found itself at the heart of history’s major events. There’s Bath’s namesake baths and the Fosse Way which document the Roman Empire’s expansion. Medieval England can be relived with a visit to Malmesbury Abbey or Chippenham’s St Andrew’s Church. And a more recent, industrial past can be witnessed in the limestone gravel mines of the Cotswolds Water Park, or in the Kennet and Avon Canal or the disused Somerset and Dorset Railway.

Tour Highlights.

  • Quintessential Cotswolds Villages
  • Tranquil Country Lane
  • Villages you may have seen in Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey and War Horse
  • The source of the River Thames
  • Pedal in the footsteps of the Romans, along the arrow-straight Fosse Way Roman Road
  • Medieval History: Chippenham's 12th Century church or Malmesbury's 12th Century Abbey
  • Traffic free pedaling along the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
  • The Two Tunnels Bath Route - cycle over a viaduct and through tunnels leftover from the disused Somerset and Dorset Railway

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Bath to Weston (27 miles)

    After a testing climb from Bath, today’s route passes the charming villages of Castle Combe (repeatedly labeled ‘the prettiest village in England’) and Badminton.

  2. Westonbirt to Stroud (25 miles)

    After a testing climb from Bath, today’s route passes the charming villages of Castle Combe (repeatedly labeled ‘the prettiest village in England’) and Badminton.

  3. Stroud to Cirencester (25 miles)

    Today’s highlight-packed ride traverses the tranquil Slad Valley, navigates the dreamy streets of Bisley, pauses at the source of the River Thames and finishes beside Cirencester’s 12 century church.

  4. Cirencester to Malmesbury (22 miles)

    After three hilly days in the saddle, today’s ride flattens out. Pedal amongst the 147 lakes which form the Cotswolds Water Park while ogling local wildlife, then follow the arrow-straight Fosse Way, an old Roman Road, towards Malmesbury.

  5. Malmesbury to Lacock (22 miles)

    To give some idea of the delights awaiting you in Lacock, the village has been transformed into sets for, and Pride and Prejudice. Before reaching Lacock, however, you’ll pedal through bucolic Wiltshire countryside and visit several fairytale villages.

  6. Lack to Bath (26 miles)

    Much of today’s ride is along traffic-free cycle paths, such as the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath which connects London with the Bristol Channel, and the disused Somerset and Dorset Railway. You’ll traverse a viaduct and through several old railway tunnels before emerging back into Bath.

Itinerary.

Day 1: Bath to Westonbirt (26.7 miles)
After a testing climb from Bath, today’s route passes the charming villages of Castle Combe (repeatedly labeled ‘the prettiest village in England’) and Badminton.

Day 2: Westonbirt to Stroud (24.7 miles)
After a testing climb from Bath, today’s route passes the charming villages of Castle Combe (repeatedly labeled ‘the prettiest village in England’) and Badminton.

Day 3: Stroud to Cirencester (24.9 miles)
Today’s highlight-packed ride traverses the tranquil Slad Valley, navigates the dreamy streets of Bisley, pauses at the source of the River Thames and finishes beside Cirencester’s 12th century church.

Day 4: Cirencester to Malmesbury (21.3 miles)
After three hilly days in the saddle, today’s ride flattens out. Pedal amongst the 147 lakes which form the Cotswolds Water Park while ogling local wildlife, then follow the arrow-straight Fosse Way, an old Roman Road, towards Malmesbury.

Day 5: Malmesbury to Lacock (21.2 miles)
To give some idea of the delights awaiting you in Lacock, the village has been transformed into sets for, and Pride and Prejudice. Before reaching Lacock, however, you’ll pedal through bucolic Wiltshire countryside and visit several fairytale villages.

Day 6: Lacock to Bath (25.3 miles)
Much of today’s ride is along traffic-free cycle paths, such as the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath which connects London with the Bristol Channel, and the disused Somerset and Dorset Railway. You’ll traverse a viaduct and through several old railway tunnels before emerging back into Bath.

Dates and Prices.

  • 16th May -
    21st May 2021
    £735

Route.

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What’s Included.

6 nights of high quality accommodation.

6 nights luxury accommodation

Route plans.

You will be sent a link to access our route plans on your phone.

Expert staff.

Our expert staff have unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain and will be on hand to help you throughout.

Luggage Transfer

We carry your bags between hotels, so you don’t have to!

Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in the area

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.

Accommodation.

We start the first night in the very best accommodation in the Cotswolds at Oak House Number One.

Trip Suitability.

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 24 miles.

Gallery.

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.