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A circular route from Moreton-in-Marsh via traffic free country lanes and passing through several picturesque Cotswold stone villages. Enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and some of the prettiest scenery that the Cotswolds has to offer on this Guided Cycling Tour.
Starting and finishing at the pretty market town of Moreton-in-Marsh this spectacular guided group Cotswolds cycle tour offers something for everyone. Passing through pretty Cotswold villages, beautiful scenery and quintessential Cotswold countryside along the way this really is a fun-packed day out. The distance is easily manageable over the course of the day and the pace is relaxed offering plenty of time for photo stops, sightseeing and some refreshments at one of the plentiful Cotswold pubs along the way! Bike, helmet and knowledgeable guide all provided. Suitable for children over 15 years old (5ft+).
We have two rides of varying difficulty available and alternate between the two. Please see calendar on the right and the itinerary tab above for further details.
Standard Ride– 18 miles- this course passes through rolling cotswold countryside and takes in more of the undulations of the area and has two moderate hills. The distance is spread over 6 hours so should be achievable for most people as long as you have a reasonable overall level of fitness.
Leisurely Ride– 18 miles- This gentle course is pretty much flat with no hills, running along the pretty Evenlode valley and passing through several off-the-beaten track cotswold villages. If you are unsure about your fitness levels or haven’t cycled for a while we recommend this course.
This tours costs £75 per person and is scheduled to run on most saturdays from March to October. Other days available on request, please drop us an email. Please see calendar on the right for upcoming tour dates. Please note we are only able to accept children over 15 years old (5ft+). The tour meets at 10:00am and we are usually back in Moreton-in-Marsh at around 4pm.
If you have any questions about this tour or wish to request another date please click the green ‘Enquire Now’ button above to send us your enquiry and we will get back to you ASAP.
Once you are ready to book the tour click the ‘Book This Tour’ button below and you will be taken through to our booking pages where you can select from one of the upcoming tour dates and will be required to make full payment via credit card. Please include any special requests in the notes box and heights of all participants so we can order the correct sized bikes.
This course is around 18 miles and includes two moderate hills (170’/52m climb over 0.5 mile/0.8km and 300’/90m over 1 mile/1.6km), although these may be skipped depending on the fitness level of the group. If you are not sure about the hills we recommend our leisurely course. The tour passes through rolling cotswolds countryside and we aim to visit the following places on this tour (subject to change).
Moreton-in-Marsh- a classic Cotswold town with heaps of history lying on the Roman Fosse Way and has a JRR Tolkien link.
Chipping Campden- a picturesque Cotswolds wool market town with many historical buildings and a wonderful ‘wool’ church.
Broad Campden-tucked away in a small valley this delicious village with a host of interesting old homes, a small victorian chapel and a great cosy country pub.
Ebrington- pretty little Cotswold village with many cotswolds stone thatched cottages and amazing 17th century pub that we sometimes employ as a ‘rest stop’.
Paxford- another quiet village with great country pub that we love, The Churchill Arms!
Blockley- delightful village, unspoilt by tourism and filming location of Father Brown. At the height of its prosperity in the 18th century it had 6 mills producing high quality silk.
This gentle course is pretty much flat with no hills, running along the pretty Evenlode valley and passing through several off-the-beaten track cotswold villages. If you are unsure about your fitness levels or haven’t cycled for a while we recommend this course. We aim to visit the following places on this tour (subject to change).
Evenlode– Evenlode village is the source of the Evenlode River, a tributary of the Thames
Adlestrop– pretty village and remains of train station made famous by the poem by Edward Thomas of the same name
Kingham– beautiful unspoiled Cotswold village pretty village green and home to the odd celebrity
Daylesford Organic Farm-world famous organic farm, cafe and farmshop. Grab some local cheese or beers!
Bledington– scenic village with an attractive green and still retains its 15th century church and Victorian maypole.
Lower Oddington– village with ancient church containing 14th century ‘Doom’ paintings
This tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station at 10:00am. Moreton-in-Marsh is easily accessible from Oxford and London Paddington.
If coming from London Paddington we recommend the 8:22am train which arrives at 10am. If you prefer an earlier train you can take the 7:22am from Paddington which arrives at 8:59am. There are trains back to Paddington from Moreton in Marsh at 16:42 and 17:45.
Train tickets can be booked at www.thetrainline.com. Please check train times as they are subject to change.
Please send us an email if you are not sure how to get to Moreton-in-Marsh.
How much is the tour?
The tour costs £75 per person which includes bike hire.
What time does the tour start/finish?
The tour starts at 10am and leaves promptly so please aim to be on time. If your train is delayed we will be aware and wait for you. You will have a brief orientation and then promptly depart. We aim to be back at the station by around 4pm.
Am i fit enough?
The tour covers 18 miles over 6 hours and is achievable for most people with a decent overall level of fitness. The standard course does include two moderate hills (170’/52m climb over 0.5 mile/0.8km and 300’/90m over 1 mile/1.6km). If you are worried that it is too long or that you cannot manage the hills then you may want to consider the leisurely course or booking a private tour in which the distance can be adjusted.
Is the tour hilly?
The Cotswolds is by nature holy (or undulating!) and therefore it is impossible to avoid the odd hill. The Standard Course has been chosen to avoid hills wherever possible, but there are two moderate hills and if you struggle you may choose to get off and push the bike up the hills we encounter. The Leisurely Course is pretty much flat, with no major hills and is easily manageable for most people.
What should i wear?
Please check the weather forecast and wear appropriate cycle or sports wear and trainers. In the event of cold/wind/rain it is recommended you bring layers and some waterproofs. Jeans, shoes, skirts etc are not recommended.
Can i bring my suitcase?
We cannot help with luggage storage and the station has no bag storage facilities so if bringing bags please check them into your hotel first before coming on the tour.
How many people can join?
We limit the tour group size to 10 people. Larger groups available on request. Drop us an email!
Can children join the tour?
For insurance reasons we are only able to accept children over 15 years old and taller than 5ft.
Can I stop for photos?
Yes, as long as it is safe to do so you can stop to take a few photos during the tour.
How do i get to Moreton-in-Marsh?
The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh. We recommend the 8:22am train which arrives at 10am or the 7:22am train which arrives at 8:59. There are trains back to Paddington at 16:42 or 17:45.
Train times and prices can be seen at www.thetrainline.com.
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