- Start/finish: starts Bledlington/Moreton in Marsh
- Hotels: hand picked bed and breakfast accommodation close to the heart of Oxford and in a Cotswold village
- Cycling mileage: 2 days of cycling 10 - 40 miles (16 - 64 km) per day
- Skill level: novice
- Terrain: a few slopes
- Traffic free: more than half, very low traffic on the rest.
Bledington. Arrive in Bledington and check into your characterful and cosy inn adjacent to the duck pond. This delightful hamlet where you will spend 2 nights, oozes Cotswold charm and straddles the Oxfordshire Way footpath if you have time for a stroll.
Bledington circular ride to Stow on Wold. Your bicycle will be delivered to you first thing this morning and then you are off! A leafy bridleway leads you to the charming villages of the Oddingtons boasting a couple of pubs. For a short flat round trip spin of 10 miles, this is your all time gentle ride! Pedal on a little to reach Stow on Wold, where the market square and alleys buzz with activity and a 14 mile ride takes you back home with the odd slope in between. For those keen to explore a handful of miles further, there are treats galore with a ford, an old mill and tiny bridges in the villages of the Slaughters and Bourton on Water. The longest of today's options, takes you to the characterful and unspoilt market town of Burford which sits astride the idyllic River Windrush. However you choose to spend the day, there is a great choice of watering holes and so much for you to enjoy. 14 - 39 miles (23 - 62 km).
Bledington circular ride to Moreton in Marsh. Today offers yet more Cotswold treats with a freewheel past fields and cricket greens and through peaceful hamlets to Moreton in Marsh where a Roman road defines the High Street. Linger on the way at our favourite farm shop; warning - it is difficult to tear some away from here and for the totally relaxed, hop on a train back to your inn for a grand total of 10 miles in the saddle. For the more energetic you can opt to see the ever glorious gardens at Hidcote Manor or the understated but remarkable charm of Chipping Campden or both. Along the way is the odd hill and a timeless landscape of green folds, woods and grazing sheep. Oh, and more honey coloured cottages and tempting inns and cafes than are good for you! Your whistle-stop tour ends with your departure today. 10 - 40 miles (16 - 64 km).
Weekend supplement £30 per person.
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