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Cotswolds Walking & Cycling

Cotswolds Holidays

Stretching across 5 different counties and covering over 2,000km the Cotswolds is known as the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Britain. Blessed with smooth, contoured hills, honey-coloured stone villages, quaint thatched cottages and spectacular National Trust Gardens, this quintessential slice of rural southern England is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bike. When exploring the Cotswolds, you’ll come across idyllic communities, sheep-nibbled grasslands and inviting tearooms selling delicious raspberry jam and clotted cream homemade scones. With the region’s human history dating back over 6,000 years, you’ll also discover the curious remains of Iron Age hill forts and Neolithic long barrows speckled along the picture-perfect landscape and dense forests.

If you’re looking for the perfect Cotswold cycling holiday, our self-guided 5-night Classic Cotswolds Cycle, lets you enjoy a relaxing circular ride that takes you towards some of the area’s most famous villages including the quaint Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe. Along the way, you’ll visit the breathtaking Sudeley Castle, see a herd of red deer in Broadway Tower Country Park and make a pit stop to explore Snowhill Manor, where you can see the extraordinary treasures of Charles Wade.

Or if want to cycle along sections of the Great West Way ® that follows the corridor west of London through to Bristol, our Great West Way & Cotswolds Ride trip offers a fantastic route where you can explore these quintessentially English regions. Taking you across the Kennet and Avon Canal you’ll pass the spectacular Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts before reaching the Roman-built city of Bath. Riding on through Bristol you’ll have the chance to visit the Banksy trail before ending your adventure exploring the traditional villages of Bibury and Sapperton in the Cotswolds.

If you’re wanting to extend your stay and take in the Cotswold’s charming rural countryside on foot, our Best of the Cotswolds Walk includes a wonderful 8- night stay in some of the finest North Cotswold villages. Taking you to sites of great historical interest from the Saxon and Jacobean to Medieval eras, this Cotswolds walking holiday guides you towards some of the best-known towns like Chipping Campden, Broadway and Guiting Power. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy some of the Cotswold’s horticultural gems, in season, wandering around the National Trust manor houses of Hidcote and Kiftsgate.

For a more extensive exploration of the enchanting Cotswold’s villages, our Walking the Cotswold Ring route begins in the historic spa town of Cheltenham before taking you to Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Chipping Campden, one of the most famous medieval wool towns. On this trip, you also have the option to branch off to see the birthplace of William Shakespeare and grab a homemade butterbeer down at the Magic Alley & The World of Wizard’s Thatch in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Cycling & Walking in the Cotswolds

Oxford to Bath Cycle

Starting in Oxford, cycle your way through the Cotswolds to Bath

Cycling
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 12+
9 Days from £1,679
Self-Guided (Excl. Flights)
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