Broadway Tower (c) Anthony Paul Ltd / courtesy of Cotswold Tourism

Classic Cotswolds Activities Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
United Kingdom, Cotswolds
Trip Code:
Activity Rating - Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

The Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has scenic rolling hills and meadows and a wealth of quintessentially English villages of honey-coloured stone buildings. You'll visit world-famous villages including Chipping Campden and the Slaughters and have the chance to visit Broadway Tower Country Park and Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property full of extraordinary treasures.

Overnight stays are in Moreton-in-Marsh, a town that dates back 1000 years, the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe with Sudeley Castle close by and Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. There are lots of options each day for places to eat lunch and dinner.

At a Glance

  • 7 Nights, self-guided hotel to hotel
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Route directions provided for both walking and cycling options
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds - England's 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - rolling hills and honey-coloured villages by bike and on foot
  • Visit the market towns of Chipping Campden, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Stay in the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and visit Sudeley Castle (last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's 6th wife)
  • Outstanding views across the Cotswolds from Broadway Tower Country Park
  • Stunning gardens and historical manor houses including National Trust gardens

Is This Trip for You?

Walking and Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: walks 17km; cycles 41.5km
No. of days of activity: 6
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Cycle routes are on tarmac roads and country lanes.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk and cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a route directions so that you can travel at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions - we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions 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.


As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions 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.

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Land Only

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Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh

    Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh and explore some of the antique shops and art galleries.
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Royal Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Moreton-in-Marsh to Winchcombe (via Chipping Campden)

    Depending on your day of arrival, you will be met at 9am for your briefing and will be provided with your bikes for the holiday, adjusted to your specifications.

    Cycle along country lanes into Chipping Campden, known for its elegant High Street. Continue uphill to Broadway Tower Country Park, worth a detour for the amazing views of the Cotswolds. You'll then pass through the lavender fields at Snowshill, an amazing kick to the senses around harvest time (early July). Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property full of the extraordinary treasures collected by Charles Wade, can also be visited before continuing on through Stanway and on to Winchcombe.
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Inn or similar

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 42 km / 26 miles
  • Day 3

    Winchcombe Circular Walk

    Today you have a choice of two 9km walks, one walk takes you through the Sudeley Valley, across fields up to St Kenelm's Well for views over Winchcombe and the surrounding countryside before returning to Winchcombe via Sudeley Castle. The alternative walk follows a section of the Cotswold Way through farm and woodland to Belas Knap, a neolithic, chambered long barrow. Or, do both!
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Inn or similar

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 17.5 km / 11 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 4

    Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water

    Cycle through the charming villages of Guiting Power, Lower Swell and Lower Slaughter, all of which will offer ideal chocolate-box photo opportunities. There will be plenty of chances to stop for refreshments, from the 'post office' in Guiting Power offering superb tea and cake, to the wonderful Slaughters Country Inn with its lovely garden. Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' and your base for the next 3 nights.
    Stay overnight at The Manor Close B&B or similar

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 31 km / 19 miles
  • Day 5

    Bourton-on-the-Water Circular Cycle Loop

    Today's cycle route takes you through the beautiful villages of Great Rissington and Great Barrington on some of the best 'off the beaten track' routes in the Cotswolds. There is an optional extension of the route to visit Burford with its charming high street sloping down to the Windrush river and Northleach with its beautiful wool church and museum of Mechanical Music before returning to Winchcombe.
    Stay overnight at The Manor Close B&B or similar

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 44 km / 27 miles
  • Day 6

    Bourton-on-the-Water Circular Walk

    You have a choice of a longer or shorter walking route today. The longer route takes you first along the River Windrush to Naunton with its ancient dovecote and continues through Upper and Lower Slaughter, the shorter route takes you on a loop though the Slaughters allowing more time to explore these pretty villages.
    Stay overnight at The Manor Close B&B or similar.

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 16 km / 9.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 7

    Bourton-on-the-Water to Moreton-in-Marsh

    Return to Moreton-in-Marsh through the Evenlode valley with a choice of three routes, direct to Morteon-in-Marsh, with a detour to historic Stow-on-the Wold, the highest of the Cotswold towns, located on the Roman Fosse Way or to the pretty villages of Bledington, Kingham and Churchill.
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Royal Hotel or similar.

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 49 km / 30 miles
  • Day 8

    Leave Moreton-in-Marsh

    Depart after breakfast.

    Meals included:


Hotels and Guesthouses

white-hart-royal-hotel, moreton_in_marsh

Overnight stays are in Moreton-in-Marsh, a town that dates back 1000 years, the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe with Sudeley Castle close by and Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Accommodation is in a mix of friendly inns and B&Bs with breakfast included daily.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £315.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Enjoy the local cuisine in quintessentially British pubs, cafes and delicatessens - local delicacies include Cerney Ash or Stinking Bishop cheeses, Crackleberry Farm eggs, Cotswold Cream liqueur and the local ales - try the Yubby beer from the Yubberton Brewery Co. There's also the archetypal English Cream Teas that go down a treat with a nice hot cup of tea!

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The Cotswolds has a temperate maritime climate with warm, rather than hot, summers and cool to cold winters. The Cotswolds hottest month, on average, is July and the coldest is January with rainfall, on average, 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.

Joining Instructions

You should arrive at your first hotel on the afternoon of day 1. Access is possible by train to Moreton-in-Marsh station and hotels are a 3-5 minute walk from there. Please ensure that you have informed us of your anticipated time of arrival. Your briefing and bike will normally be provided on the morning of day 2.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

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What to Take

Essential Equipment

Walking boots

Cycling Helmet

Water bottle


Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses

Warm jumper


Optional Equipment

Walking poles

Local Bike Details

A quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.


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.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may, of course, bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount on the price of the holiday, as specified above.  You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees.

N.B This does not apply to trips within the UK, for which local bike hire is not included.

You will also be responsible for assembling and disassembling your bike as well as bringing along spare parts and any tools specific to it. It is also your responsibility to ensure your bike is roadworthy and suitable for the type of cycling to be undertaken. If in doubt, the model of local bike hire available should act as a guide and details of terrain, ascent and descent are available both in the itinerary and the ‘Is this trip for you’ sections. Our cycling team only carry the relevant spares for the hire fleet. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

GPS Route Navigation

Ride with GPS logo

We've teamed up with RideWithGPS to provide our carefully researched and checked itineraries in a convenient format, similar to a car satnav, with turn-by-turn instructions all along your route.

Before you travel we'll send you everything you need to download your route notes and the free RideWithGPS app. It's available for iPhone and Android and the routes can also be used on any regular GPS device such as the Garmin Edge bike computers or Forerunner fitness devices. 

 For more details and to watch the demonstration video, please visit our GPS Route Navigation page.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.


Practical Information


United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.


United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays 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.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London BST (GMT +01:00)


United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.


ATM Availability

There are ATM's in most of the main towns along the route, but not all. Most businesses in the area will take payments in cash or by card.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

All breakfasts are included, so you will need spending money for any picnics, lunches, evening meals and drinks. There is a good choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants on the routes as well as in the overnight towns and villages. Prices range from approximately £5-10 for lunch and you could pay between £15-30 for dinner, depending on where you decide to eat.


Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.


Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.



The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.


These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.