- Price from: Classic £965 per person based on two people sharing a room
- Duration: 7 nights
- Start & Finish: Starts Mondays from Oxford and finishes Kingham station with trains to Oxford, London and the north
- Hotels: Classic Small and characterful, centrally located hotels, inns and a tea room
- Activity level: Gentle cycling
- Mileage: 3 days of walking (2 optional) 10 miles (16 km) per day and 3 days of cycling 16 - 25 miles (26 - 40 km) per day
- Terrain: Some slopes on the cycling days and a few hills on the walking days
- Traffic-free: 10% traffic free cycling with the remainder on back roads and quiet lanes
- Options: Additional nights in Oxford.
Day 1: Arrive in Oxford.
Arrive in Oxford and check into your hotel located close to the heart of the city. Enjoy the treasures of this beautiful city today. Stroll through the lovely colleges of the University with their magnificent architecture and gardens. Take in the museums, galleries and libraries galore, and perhaps a concert or play. Discover the little tea rooms and fine restaurants, the unique shops and back streets and the river backwaters dotted with punters and rowing eights
Day 2: Oxford to Eynsham.
Today your host will meet you at your hotel and run through the itinerary before the Thames Path leads you through Oxford and for most of the way today. Your walk is through the unspoilt meadows of the Upper Thames, very wild in parts but dotted with cosy pubs, the occasional lock and relaxed boaters. Meadows give way to gentle hills and ancient woodlands as you head into the Cotswold hamlet of Eynsham. 10 miles (16 km).
Day 3: Eynsham to Bourton on Water.
Your cycling equipment will be delivered to your hotel this morning ready for your ride today. Pedal to the old woollen town of Witney and discover the beautiful valley of the River Windrush. Nestled here is a string of romantic villages like Minster Lovell bearing ancient honey coloured stone buildings and thatched village pubs. Burford’s bustling high street is one of the most picturesque in the Cotswolds; so too is Bourton on Water where the Windrush flows through the main street. You will spend the next 2 nights here. 25 miles (40 km).
Day 4: Circular walk from Bourton on Water.
Your walk today includes all that is outstanding about the Cotswolds – idyllic valley hamlets, wolds with views and fine stone buildings. Picturesque water meadows lead to the charming hamlets of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Crossing the River Dickler beside a mill you then head uphill to the Cotswold market town of Stow on Wold with its characterful market square and antique shops. Great vistas and the odd hill and village mark your return route to Bourton and a perfect walk. Optional 10 miles (16 km).
Day 5: Bourton on Water to Chipping Campden.
Pedal upstream along the Windrush valley for a while, and then follow one of its tributaries through hidden villages to find Snowshill with its fine gardens and manor house. A short uphill past lavender fields takes you to Broadway Tower – a folly with refreshments and panoramic views of the Cotswolds and far beyond. Not far away is one of the great gems of the area – Chipping Campden, where you will stay for the next 2 nights. 20 miles (32 km).
Day 6: Circular walk from Chipping Campden.
Follow the Cotswold Way on its dramatic path down the chalk escarpment to the chocolate box village of Broadway. After lunch, wend your way through the hills and woodland to the view at Dover’s Hill and then back to Chipping Campden. Optional 10 miles (16 km).
Day 7: Chipping Campden to Bledington.
The last day of this tour is one of our all time favourite rides using hidden bridleways and tiny lanes. It gives you an opportunity to visit the famous gardens at Hidcote Manor and a string of typical Cotswold villages with their honey coloured stone cottages and cosy inns. Stop in the market town of Moreton in Marsh and pedal on for the finest farm shop and café on earth. Your overnight stay is in the delightful local inn at Bledington where you leave your cycling equipment. 16 or 23 miles (26 or 37 km).
Day 8: Depart Kingham.
With Kingham station just a mile or so down the road for trains to Oxford and London, depart at your leisure.
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