Beautiful countryside fills your view on tour
Visit this lovely village during the tour and take some picture perfect snaps
Bike tour the Cotswolds at your leisure
Bike tour an unspoilt part of the UK
Leisurely bike the Cotswold region at your own pace

Best of the Cotswolds Cycling

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$35
From
$1,709 USD

Cycle quiet country roads while visiting some of the best villages the north Cotswolds has to offer while based in the beautiful and historic villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that straddles 6 counties, an area of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone. The area was once renowned for its wool production, reminders of which you can still see today in the fine houses and 'wool' churches, built in the 15th and 16th Centuries by the local wool merchants.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    126.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    24.9 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts in Broadway and ends in Bourton-on-the-Water. If not arriving by car, buses run from Evesham, Stratford-Upon-Avon or Cheltenham which are nearby centres with rail connections.

    Bristol airport (BRS) is the closest airport which serves domestic and European flights. Birmingham airport (BHX) is the closest international airport.

  • How long is the tour? How many cycling days?

    The tour is 7 days long with 5 days of cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    The cycling mainly follows quiet country roads and tarmac roads. The terrain is mainly flat with some gentle, downhill cycling.

    Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. The tour operator will arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. Your bikes will be delivered to the start hotel, all set up relevant to your height and ready to go. A local agent will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

    It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, these are made as accurately as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible the tour operator will stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion you may have to use busier routes into larger towns and cities.

    As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organized together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

    Families
    Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. It is suggested that 12yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family the tour operator will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each day's cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please consider the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be high in the middle of summer.

  • Is a bike included?

    A quality local bike hire is included in the tour.

    Alternatively, you can bring your own bike (BYO) but this is on a request basis and additional charges may apply to cover the transportation of your bike during the tour.

    Conditions

    1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

    2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

    3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

    4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

    Extra Bike Bits

    You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. The tour operator encourages this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. They cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

  • Should I have travel insurance?

    Yes. It is a condition of joining this holiday that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

  • Can I have private room? What is the single supplement cost?

    A single supplement is applicable if you are traveling alone or wish to have your own room. The price varies depending on the dates chosen with minimum price starting at AU$480.00.

  • What's the weather like?

    The Cotswolds has a temperate maritime climate with warm, rather than hot, summers and cool to cold winters. The hottest month, on average, is July and the coldest is January with rain falling fairly evenly throughout the year. The weather is unpredictable as with the rest of the UK and it is possible to see elements of all four seasons in one day. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather forecast before they arrive in the Cotswolds to get a better idea of the sort of clothing they will need during their trip. Bringing hooded waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience.


    Spring: The climate is milder in spring making it a good time to visit the Cotswolds. There can be some great sunny days mixed with cooler and wet weather. From March to May the average daytime temperatures are between 9°C and 17°C.

    Summer: Most days in summer range from mild to warm with the possibility of some infrequent hotter days, the days are at their longest in the summer. There may be overcast and humid conditions in the summer. From June to August the average daytime temperatures are between 19°C and 22°C.

    Autumn: The climate can vary from some pleasantly mild days particularly at the start of September to cooler and colder days in October and November. Autumn is a good time to visit the Cotswolds as it avoids the peak summer season whilst enjoying milder temperatures and longer hours of daylight particularly at the start of September. Visitors can see some wonderful autumn colours. From September to November the average daytime temperatures are between 9°C and 19°C.

  • Please read here for the tour operator's message regarding Covid-19:

    Update on trips running on or before 30 September 2021:
    As of Tuesday 25 May, 2021

    We hope you and your family are staying healthy throughout these trying times.

    Ensuring customer safety and enjoyment has been our primary focus since our first overland journey rolled out of London in 1974 and this fact has never been more important than today.

    We have introduced enhanced safety protocols in response to COVID-19, which are also in line with the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators. As such, we are constantly monitoring whether we can safely travel to a destination country, along with what your home country’s current border restrictions are.

    We look forward to exploring the world with you again soon.

    If your trip departs on or before 30 September 2021:
    Due to the current international travel bans in Australia & New Zealand, will be contacting our Australian & New Zealand travelers to discuss your next steps (if you have not been contacted already). You do not need to call us. Please be patient while our customer teams work through bookings in order of proximity to departure.

    If you have booked via a travel agent, please contact them to discuss your options.

    Thousands of our wonderful customers have already chosen to rebook their holiday for 2022. In doing so they have not only given themselves an incredible adventure to look forward to, but they have also given hope to our long-standing local partners who rely on tourism for their income.

    If your trip departs on or after 01 October 2021:

    The vast majority of tours are currently planned to run as scheduled, however, we will be in contact with you directly should there be any changes to your specific departure.
    We will continue to monitor local conditions and all relevant governmental advice and will review all trips, and update passengers a minimum of 30 days prior to departure.

    Book with Confidence

    What you need to know:

    • You will receive a guaranteed refund if we have to cancel your trip for any reason.
    • You will receive a refund if you can’t join your trip because you or a member of your party is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has received a request from the Government to self-isolate, and you are unable to claim for this via your travel insurance.
    • Up to 21 days before departure you can transfer to another trip free-of-charge (excluding international flights, and any non-refundable in-destination costs). Please note on our self-guided range of holidays you can make changes free-of-charge up to 31 days before travel. View full booking conditions for details.
    • Up to 42 days before departure you can cancel free-of-charge and we’ll refund the balance, and hold the deposit for you to use on any departure in the next 2 years (excluding international flights, and any non-refundable in-destination costs - view full booking conditions for details).
    • Excludes Polar Expeditions and Voyages
    • Valid for new bookings made on or after 30th June 2020