- Luggage transfer
- Bike rental is included in price
- B&B's or Hotels from 3*- 5*
- Full breakfast daily at hotels except day 1
- Visits, tours and admissions
- Headsets for walking tours
- Ticket wallet & luggage tags
- Smartphone App with GPS routs
- 24-hour emergency helpline
- Color coded routes on local maps
8 Day \ 7 Night
Starts and ends in Cheltenham
Optional excursions to Leckhampton and Seven Springs or Stanton
Day 1: Linear route cycling from Cheltenham to Moreton-in-Marsh (23-30 Miles)
You will be met at your hotel at 9.30am (unless otherwise arranged) with the bikes and tour pack, ready to start the day. The day begins with a short transfer from Cheltenham to the start of the route in The Cotswolds to begin the ride to Moreton-in-Marsh. Ride through a selection of local Cotswold villages past picture postcard views to the delightful village of Snowshill, before continuing your journey to Moreton. On the way, take in the delightful Manor House at Snowshill and explore its wonderful collection of historic artifacts. Then say hello to the traditional farm breeds at The Cotswold Wildlife Park or visit the Indian architecture of Sezincote House.
Day 2: Circular route walking from Moreton-in-Marsh via Batsford (6.75 miles)
The village of Blockley is one of the jewels of the Cotswolds that is often overlooked. The little stream that runs through it once supported a dozen mills that were used for all manner of industry from flour milling to silk weaving. The delightful old buildings, ponds and streams now offer wonderful opportunities for creative gardeners. At Batsford there is gardening on a much larger scale with an Arboretum inspired by the mountain sides of Asia Minor and a Falconry Centre running regular demonstrations. The cottages, church and 14th century tithe barn at Bourton on the Hill make a wonderful and very English scene.
Day 3: Linear route cycling from Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water (18- 25.5 Miles)
Cycling past the River Evenlode, day four will take you from Moreton in Marsh to Bourton on the Water via traditional Cotswold villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold and Upper Slaughter. Bourton-on-the-Water offers a unique country experience, with a range of attractions providing something for everyone.
Day 4: Circular route walking from Bourton-on-the-Water (8-11 miles)
A walk over rolling hills through mixed farmland takes you up to Cold Ashton. Here you can rest in a traditional English pub before strolling on to Naunton where pretty stone cottages nestle in a valley surrounded by sheep, pleasant countryside and horse racing gallops. Follow the River Windrush down through lush meadows and woods past a lost medieval village back to Bourton.
Day 5: Linear route cycling from Bourton-on-the-Water to Cirencester (25 Miles)
This cycle route includes a visit to Northleach, an old market town, and Bibury, the most beautiful village in England according to artist William Morris, before continuing on to the old market town of Cirencester.
Day 6: Circular route walking from Cirencester (2.5-12 Miles)
Enjoy a walking circuit from Cirencester via the gorgeous village of Coates near to Cirencester Park, part of the Bathurst Estate. Continue past The Tunnel House, opened in 1783 to provide accommodation and refreshments for some of the 2-300 navvies who worked on the Thames and Severn Canal and particularly on the Sapperton Tunnel whose south-eastern portal you will have just crossed. Walk past the source of the River Thames and along the Thames Path to Ewen and on to the Roman Amphitheatre before returning to Cirencester.
Day 7: Linear route cycling from Cirencester to Cheltenham (25 Miles)
Cycle from Cirencester to Cheltenham and visit many of the pretty Cotswold Villages. Don’t forget to visit the Roman Villa at Chedworth! This is the most complete villa in Britain with mosaic floors, bath houses and heating system all on display in their original settings. There is also a collection of artifacts in the museum and an interesting visitor centre.
Day 8: Return Home
Today you will be making the journey home.