Luxury Cotswolds and Stratford: Itinerary
6 nights / 7 days self- guided cycling tour
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Day One - Oxford
Arrive in Oxford on Sunday and check into your hotel located in 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. At a time to suit you make your way to our base in the centre of Oxford, which is open from 10.00 to 16.00 to pick up your cycling equipment. Your host will meet you there, organise your bicycle and run through your itinerary.
Day Two - Oxford to Woodstock
10 miles (16 km)
Your cycling journey begins along the Oxford Canal which lies very close to your hotel. This delightful and rural waterside ride leads out of Oxford, past houseboats and locks and through pretty villages. Not far from the navigation, sits the Cotswold stone village of Woodstock and the grandiose Blenheim Palace set in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscape. Built in the 18th Century, it was the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the 11th Duke of Marlborough lives there. Your hotel sits in the heart of this lovely village.
Day Three - Woodstock to Kingham
23 miles (37km)
Today’s ride explores classic Cotswolds country. There are twisting lanes leading through pretty villages; tiny bridges crossing gurgling rivers; ancient woodlands, hidden tracks nestling in the valleys and wonderful views. Cosy pubs are dotted along the route and there’s time to linger in the old stone and thatched villages. Your inn tonight overlooks the village green in one of these villages.
Day Four - Kingham to Stratford on Avon
23 miles (37km) or 32 miles (51km)
Start the day with either a short train hop or a gentle pedal to the Cotswold market town of Moreton-in-Marsh where the high street formed part of the Roman Fosse Way. Linger in the shops and cafes before cycling gently on through peaceful country lanes to enjoy the renowned gardens of Hidcote and Kiftsgate before freewheeling downhill through villages seemingly untouched by time, to join the old railway track that leads into Stratford. This famous old market town, needs little introduction as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Your hotel for the night lies in the heart of the town with all its half timbered buildings.
Day Five - Stratford on Avon to Broadway
20 miles (32km) or 38 miles (61 km)
Take the morning to further enjoy Stratford as there's much to see. Visit the five restored Tudor houses associated with Shakespeare and the theatre which is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stroll through the many shops and backstreets, linger in a cafe or take a boat trip on the river Avon on whose banks the town attractively sits. Pedal off after lunch on the flat and easy ride to the neat gardens and pretty cottages of Broadway where you will stay the night. If you are keen to cycle further, ride on to Sudeley Castle and Winchcombe returning through a string of gorgeous villages Your hotel, the famed Lygon Arms, nestles in the main street of Broadway.
Day Six - Broadway to Chipping Campden
12 miles (19km)
This is a truly wonderful day despite the inclusion of the only real hill of the entire route. Leave all visitors behind as you take an idyllic rural track through sheep clad hills to the delightful village of Snowshill where you can visit inside the manor house. Ride on past stunning fields of lavendar and look forward to a refreshment stop near the Broadway Tower with breathtaking views over 12 counties on a clear day. The outstanding vistas continue with a downhill route for the rest of the day that leads to the 'must see' 14th Century honey coloured stone buildings of Chipping Campden. Your hotel for the last night of the tour is in the main street of this gem of the Cotswolds. Soak up the very special atmosphere of the village and relax after a stunning day.
Day Seven - Chipping Campden to Oxford
7 miles (11km)
Enjoy all that Chipping Campden has to offer before wending your way through some pretty villages to Moreton in Marsh for a short train hop back to Oxford Return your bikes to our base where your luggage will be waiting for you and depart at leisure