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The Cotswolds

Next Trip: 25th - 31st May 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Region: England
Trip Type: E-bike
Accommodation: Deluxe
Max Group Size: 12
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Explore the stunning, pastoral beauty of the Cotswolds from the comfy saddle of an E-bike.

Enjoy pedalling along quiet roads and leafy lanes as you wind your way through a landscape cherished for its pretty honey-coloured villages, old deciduous woodlands and rolling green fields bordered by drystone walls and speckled with grazing sheep. Joined by an expert Wilderness guide, there’s no need to worry about directions, so you can settle in and enjoy the ride.

With days carefully curated to unfold at the perfect pace, visit ancient ruins, magnificent manor houses and stunning cathedrals. Along the way, stop at bright cafes and bustling, traditional pubs to enjoy lovely lunches, homemade cake and locally brewed beer. Every evening, with a crunch of gravel, arrive at your hand-picked accommodation, chosen for their beautiful location, warm hospitality and attentive staff. Join us for an unforgettable trip powered by pedals in one of the most cherished destinations in the UK.

Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore idyllic limestone villages that brim with rural charm.
  • Enjoy the company and expertise of a Wilderness guide, learning about the interesting history of this beautiful region.
  • Relax in hand-picked accommodation, enjoying delicious seasonal food.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Oxford

Arrive at Oxford Railway Station just after lunch today and meet your Wilderness guide. After being relieved of your luggage, enjoy a private walking tour of this beautiful, historic city. An established town since the 9th century AD, people have inhabited this area for thousands of years. With stunning architecture and fascinating history, exploring the bustling cosmopolitan streets is the perfect way to begin your trip. Later this afternoon, transfer your bright, contemporary hotel, just outside the delightful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Get comfortable on your E-bikes and chat with your guide about the adventure ahead, afterwards enjoying dinner and a good night’s sleep. (D)

Day 2 – Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water

After breakfast this morning, roll out of your hotel and enjoy a scenic ride to Burford. Along the way, listen to the delicate melody of songbirds and pop by an organic farm shop that overflows with fruit, vegetables, artisan bread and award-warming cheese. Arrive in Burford and visit the church – learning about its history and the Levellers who were imprisoned there by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Enjoy lunch in a charming cafe before continuing riding to Bourton-on-the-Water (often considered as one of the prettiest villages in the UK), which bestrides the River Windrush. Arrive back at your hotel later this afternoon and enjoy a refreshing drink before dinner. (B, L, D)

Ride details: 61 km/38 miles | 640 m/2,100 ft elevation gain

Day 3 – Visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon

Feeling well-rested, join your guide for a wonderful pedal that winds its way through the picturesque countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon. Along the way, cycle through the elegant market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and enjoy a coffee break in Chipping Campden. Relax in the sunshine and chat with your lovely group. Continue your ride, pedalling past lush green fields above which skylarks sing and arrive in the birthplace and burial ground of William Shakespeare. Enjoy a visit to Shakespeare’s house and then stroll around the town, perhaps popping into some of the artisan shops that nestle together on the historic streets, before transferring back to your hotel to enjoy the evening. (B, L)

Ride details: 47 km/29 miles | 360 m/1,180 ft elevation gain

Day 4 – Bibury and the Coln Valley

Enjoy a relaxed, leisurely breakfast before heading out into the tranquil landscape. Breathe deeply as you pedal along, enjoying the rhythmic whir of your legs as you ride along slender roads. Arrive in the town of Northleach and enjoy a cool drink in the pretty centre. Continue to Bibury, and, leaving your bikes with your support guide, walk over to Arlington Row – a charming row of cottages which were built in 1380 as a monastic wool store. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch before riding into the enchanting Coln Valley. Later, call by a bakery for tea and cake. Arrive at your traditional country-house hotel this evening with time to freshen up before a delightful, seasonal dinner. (B, L, D)

Ride details: 71 km/44 miles | 730 m/2,400 ft elevation gain

Day 5 – Malmesbury and Cirencester

As the morning light spills through the windows, join your guide for an engaging circular ride that passes in and out of honey-coloured villages. Cycle past Highgrove, a private residence of His Majesty King Charles III, before continuing to Malmesbury to visit the Abbey. With a rich history, Malmesbury Abbey is thought to have been home to the first king of England (King Athelstan the Glorious). Continue towards Cirencester and meet your support guide to enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon, make your way along the leafy lanes back to your hotel, where a hot shower followed by a cool drink will carry you into another relaxing evening. (B, L)

Ride details: 67 km/42 miles | 450 m/1,475 ft elevation gain

Day 6 – Westonbirt and Wine Tasting

After breakfast, buckle up your helmet and head out on your bike for a picturesque pedal to Westonbirt Arboretum. Enjoy listening to the cheerful song of the blackbird as you weave by thick hedgerows and past fields dotted with grazing sheep. Arrive at Westonbirt and enjoy a relaxed afternoon exploring the arboretum. With 15,000 specimens and 2,500 species of tree from all over the globe, it plays a vital role in research and conservation, as well as being a beautiful place to visit. After lunch in the cafe, ride back to the hotel, before transferring to a boutique vineyard for a private late afternoon tour and guided tasting. This evening, enjoy another delicious dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

Ride details: 44 km/28 miles | 490 m/1,600 ft elevation gain

Day 7 – Castle Combe and Bath

As the silky dawn light creeps across the peaceful grounds, head out with your guide to enjoy the final day of your trip. Leaving Tetbury, cycle to Castle Combe, a quintessential Cotswold village which is a popular filming destination. After a little wander around and a few photographs, continue pedalling to Bradford-upon-Avon, peeling off to take the canal path that ribbons its way towards Bath. Stop for lunch in the sunshine before riding the final few miles to Bath, an elegant city full of traditional heritage which has been a well-being destination since Roman times. Finish your trip at the Railway Station, returning your bikes and bidding farewell to your guide. (B, L)

Ride details: 60 km/37 miles | 440 m/1,440 ft elevation gain

The Cotswolds

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25th May - 31st May 202412 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£2,695Book Now
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Trip Details

Accommodation Read More

This E-biking holiday is based in two welcoming and quality accommodations; a contemporary boutique hotel and an 18th-century hotel in its own landscaped grounds. Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.

Single Rooms

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers. However, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you wish to reserve a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £575 is charged.

Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Meals Read More

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 7, except for dinners on days 3 & 5. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness England trips and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout.

Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

Inclusions Read More
  • 7 days of professional guiding/driving.
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • Vehicle transport throughout from meeting in Oxford to finishing in Bath.
  • Entrance and admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary.
Trip Grading Read More

Green Graded 1-3

Green graded trips are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness who enjoy cycling and are looking for an active but relaxed trip. They are also suitable for active people who are new to cycle touring and looking for a new way to explore the countryside.

Distances each day will be between 25 – 40 miles, cycling at an average speed of around 12mph. We will ride on mostly straightforward rolling terrain with one or two more notable climbs during the trip, where some riders may opt to ride in the support vehicle. We will be in the saddle for 4-6 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus visits to sites of interest.

Travel Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness England Guide at Oxford Railway Station at 1:00pm on Day 1 of your trip.

The trip will conclude at Bath Spa Railway Station at 4:00pm on the final day of the trip.

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Make This Trip Private

Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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