United Kingdom : The Cotswolds

Best of the Cotswolds Cycling

Trip code: C06CO 4 (1 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2
Moderate

10.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Explore the Cotswolds - England's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Stay in the beautiful and historic villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Cycle to Broadway Tower, the brainchild of Capability Brown over 200 years ago
  • Visit the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey
  • Enjoy some of the best 'off the beaten track' routes in the Cotswolds

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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.

This twin-centre cycling holiday allows you to visit some of the best of the North Cotswolds villages from your bases in the beautiful and historic villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. Cycling on quiet country roads you'll head to some of the best-known towns and villages of the area, as well as getting the chance to visit a wide range of sites and attractions, from Broadway Tower, the brainchild of Capability Brown to Sudeley Castle, last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife.

You'll stay in friendly, family-run B&B's with a daily breakfast included. With a range of dining options on your doorstep, we've left other meals up to you.

Terrain

Most of the cycling is along quiet country roads and up and down rolling hills. There are plenty of places to stop and explore along the routes making this trip a most relaxing break.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Broadway

Arrive in Broadway, gateway to the North Cotswolds, the village has a wide main street lined with independent shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of antique shops.

You stay at Windrush House.

hotel details

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Windrush House, Broadway

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Windrush House is just a short walk from the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway. Rooms have been individually designed and feature stylish colour schemes and opulent fabrics, providing an alluring retreat for the discerning guest. A scrumptious breakfast will start your day perfectly, the finest local ingredients are sourced to ensure freshness and quality.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 2: Winchcombe - 47km/29.5mi

After your briefing and bike set-up you'll leave the wide streets of Broadway for Childswickham with its differing building styles. On to Aston Somerville on the edge of the Vale of Evesham renowned for market gardening. Continuing on the flat to Wormington with the Cotswold escarpment in the distance before Toddington the home of the Warwickshire and North Gloucestershire narrow gauge railway. Explore the narrow streets of Winchcombe and visit Sudeley Castle. The return to Broadway is via Didbrook, Hailes and Hailes Abbey, a former Cistercian Abbey. Cycle through typical English Parkland observing the sheep grazing which made the area so famous amongst the mature trees and the thatched Cricket Club Pavillion of Stanway. Continue to the picture perfect village of Stanton before returning to Broadway.

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You stay at Windrush House.

hotel details

 equivalent

Windrush House, Broadway

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Windrush House is just a short walk from the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway. Rooms have been individually designed and feature stylish colour schemes and opulent fabrics, providing an alluring retreat for the discerning guest. A scrumptious breakfast will start your day perfectly, the finest local ingredients are sourced to ensure freshness and quality.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 3: Chipping Campden - 29km/18.5mi

Today you will cycle to the Jewel of the Cotswolds, Chipping Campden. With the Cotswold escarpment on your right the first village you'll come to is Willersey with its idyllic duck pond followed by Weston sub Edge and Aston sub Edge before tackling the first hill of the day to Chipping Campden. Explore this beautiful Wool town and its medieval history before taking the short ride to its little sister Broad Campden with an array of thatched cottages. Return to Chipping Campden for the second hill to Dovers Hill, the site of the local Olimpicks! Enjoy fantastic views over the Vale of Evesham and continue along the top of the Cotswold Escarpment to Broadway Tower the brainchild of Capabilty Brown over 200 years ago. Continuing along the escarpment but slowly downhill past the Lavender farm to the beautiful Cotswold hillside village of Snowshill with its honey coloured stone cottages and Tudor Manor House. Free wheel all the way downhill back to Broadway!!

elevation

You stay at Windrush House.

hotel details

 equivalent

Windrush House, Broadway

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Windrush House is just a short walk from the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway. Rooms have been individually designed and feature stylish colour schemes and opulent fabrics, providing an alluring retreat for the discerning guest. A scrumptious breakfast will start your day perfectly, the finest local ingredients are sourced to ensure freshness and quality.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 4: Broadway to Bourton-on-the-Water - 40km/25mi

Today starts with another chance to visit the National Trust property of Snowshill before your route takes you on quiet country lanes, past farmland and Guiting Wood to the pretty villages of Guiting Power and Naunton. Stop for refreshments in one of the villages - a great choice of pubs and cafes. Take your time and arrive in Bourton-on-the-Water, your base for the next 3 nights.

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You stay at The Manor Close B&B.

hotel details

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The Manor Close B&B, Bourton-on-the-Water

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

WiFi
TV


The Manor Close B&B offers a warm and friendly welcome and brings the best of Bourton-on-the-Water to your doorstep. With its English country house feel, guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV and complimentary WiFi. The property also features a Full English Breakfast with all ingredients being locally sourced wherever possible including the eggs that are both locally sourced and free range. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 5: Burford - 33km/21mi or 44km/27.5mi

Today's cycle ride takes you on some of the best 'off the beaten track' routes in the Cotswolds to the beautiful villages of Great Rissington, Great Barrington and Burford with its charming high street sloping down to the Windrush river. The return to Bourton-on-the-Water goes via Northleach with its beautiful wool church and the interesting alleys around the Market Place. The shorter route misses out Burford.

elevation

You stay at The Manor Close B&B.

hotel details



The Manor Close B&B, Bourton-on-the-Water

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

WiFi
TV


The Manor Close B&B offers a warm and friendly welcome and brings the best of Bourton-on-the-Water to your doorstep. With its English country house feel, guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV and complimentary WiFi. The property also features a Full English Breakfast with all ingredients being locally sourced wherever possible including the eggs that are both locally sourced and free range. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 6: Stow-on-the-Wold 44km/27.5mi

Your route today takes you through the villages of Bledington, Kingham and Broadwell to Stow-on-the-Wold, a market town on the convergence of many major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way and the highest of the Cotswold towns. Return through Lower Slaughter to visit the Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water.

elevation

You stay at The Manor Close B&B.

hotel details



The Manor Close B&B, Bourton-on-the-Water

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

WiFi
TV


The Manor Close B&B offers a warm and friendly welcome and brings the best of Bourton-on-the-Water to your doorstep. With its English country house feel, guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV and complimentary WiFi. The property also features a Full English Breakfast with all ingredients being locally sourced wherever possible including the eggs that are both locally sourced and free range. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 7: Depart after breakfast

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £400.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £400.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Electric bikes
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

This holiday does not include any flights or rail

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

It was okay but not as good as Headwater's holidays on the Continent. Not so well organised. That said, the routes took us through some lovely villages.









Mr BAKER, 8 Sep 2021

 


Self-guided cycling

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2
Moderate

10.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

6 nights from £1699

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Call: 01606 720199