Cycling in the Heart of the Cotswolds Short Break

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  • Pedal through the quintessential Cotswold countryside, a jewel of England
  • Observe changing light reflect off honey-coloured cottages and green hills
  • Experience delicious gourmet food in cosy local pubs and restaurants
  • Wander through the exceptional gardens at Sezincote and Stanway
This short cycling break in the Cotswolds takes you down quiet country routes and hedgerowed lanes and past honey-coloured stone houses and gloriously blossoming and colourful gardens. This quintessentially picture perfect area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stay in the thriving market town of Moreton-on-Marsh, cycle through the Brailes an area mentioned in the Domesday Book, glide through Upper and Lower Slaughter as you see the countryside of Warwickshire. During this self-guided cycling tour every day has a highlight, from the discovery of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, to the romantic water gardens at Sezincote.

What To Expect

If you want to take a long weekend and cycle through some of the Cotswold’s most iconic countryside and pretty villages at your own pace, stopping to explore en route, then this tour is for you. Also enjoy the local cuisine in the many gourmet pubs and restaurants and visit some of the area’s most amazing manor houses and incredible gardens. With only one change of accommodation you’ll have more time for relaxation and discovery of the area.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Biking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more location on this biking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

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  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

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Activity Level & Terrain

You will need to have a fairly good fitness level to fully enjoy this trip. Although the Cotswolds generally is not very hilly there will be some gentle inclines and declines at times. Most of the cycling on this tour is along quiet country roads and through the rural and very pretty countryside, towns and villages. At times (but only for very short rides) you will have to ride along main roads in order to link the routes, or perhaps access another smaller road.

Accommodations

During this trip you will stay in small, family run hotels, B&B's or guesthouses. All accommodations are hand-picked to assure a warm welcome great locations.

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists, also subject to a supplementary payment.

Meals

Breakfast is included in the cost of your tour. Breakfast can vary but normally includes a continental breakfast, which includes breads, butter, preserves, pastries, cereal, yoghurt, cheese, ham, fruit and tea and coffee and the option of a traditional English cooked breakfast. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.

Lunches and dinners are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to dine and your B&B hosts are always happy to advise on the best places to eat! You can easily find many European dining options within the Cotswolds but there are many local, cosy, traditional English pubs, serving simple filling dishes such as steak and ale pie, fish and chips or bangers n’ mash (sausages and mash potato). Being in the heart of the Cotswolds, you’re also never far from a café serving a cream tea. Worth indulging in at least once during your week cycling!

Included
  • 4 Nights in B&B's and guesthouses
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Taxi transfer from Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh on day 5
  • Information pack
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire

When To Go

This trip is available from April to October. 

Getting to the Start

The best way of getting to Moreton-in-Marsh is by train. There is a direct train from London Paddington Station which takes about one and a half hours. If you fly into London Heathrow, you can then take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington and from here a train to Moreton-in Marsh. You may fly into any of the other London Airports, such as London Gatwick, make your way by bus or train into central London and then to London Paddington.

It is also possible to fly into Birmingham Airport when travelling to Moreton-in-Marsh with a journey time under 3 hours by public transport.  Birmingham has flights from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Jersey, Isle of Man, Inverness, Dundee, Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Shannon and many European and international destinations.

You can find further information about train times and schedules on the National Rail website.

It is also possible to drive to Moreton-in-Marsh. On-street parking is available however there is no secure parking. 

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Transfers

A taxi transfer from Broadway at the end of the tour is included to Moreton-on-Marsh train station. The journey takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

Equipment

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Full-aluminium and good-quality hybrid bikes are available and the bike will be delivered to you.  The bike will be a Ridgeback Velocity Hybrid. Full details about the bike will be in your information pack. All rentals include a helmet, combination lock, a pump, a pannier with spare inner tube, tyre levers, and a handlebar bag.

There are also a small number of electric bikes for hire, which provides a power-assisted ride. For more information on Ebikes please click here.

Please note that if you do want to rent a bike you need to provide us with your height so that we can make sure that the bike is going to be a good fit.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Moreton-on-Marsh Day 2 Cycle loop through the Brailes 27 miles / 43.5 km Day 3 Cycle to Broadway via Upper and Lower Slaughter 23 miles / 37 km Day 4 Broadway loop via Stanway House & Gardens 29 miles / 47 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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