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Enjoy a short self-guided cycling break in the North Cotswolds staying two nights each in the ‘wool market’ towns of Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold with three full days cycling exploring the surrounding countryside and villages.
Staying in the market towns of Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold, this 5 day/4 night cycling break offers you the chance to explore the surrounding area with three full days cycling. Each day there is the option of a short or longer cycle ride to suit people of all riding abilities. Rides range from 8 to 28 miles. See itinerary tab for more details.
Chipping Campden and the Stow-on-the-Wold are steeped in history and the villages were both major market towns for the trading of wool in the medieval period. Situated on the Roman Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds and was the site for the final battle of the English Civil War in 1646. Chipping Campden is famous for its architecture, particularly the ‘wool church’ of St James , the medieval market hall and the 17th century Almshouses. Both towns have plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs to keep you entertained during your stay.
This self-guided holiday includes 4 nights standard accommodation with breakfast, baggage transfers between Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold, detailed tour folder with route notes and the option to rent bikes. Accomodation upgrades also available.
This cycling holiday is available to start any day of the week subject to availability.
The cost of this break is £420 per person based on two people sharing. For solo travellers and those wanting a single room a supplement applies (See Extras). Accommodation upgrade also available
If you have any questions about this holiday please use the ‘Enquire Now’ button above. If you are ready to book use the green ‘Book Now’ button below to proceed to the booking pages. You can either choose to pay a £100 deposit or the full balance. Payment of balance is required 6 weeks before departure. Please note all bookings are provisional as we need to confirm availability of accommodation.
Day 1- arrive in Chipping Campden,check into hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring this historic town. Wander around the ancient streets, visit the market hall and the fabulous church of St James and maybe stop in for a pint at one of its many historic public houses.
Overnight- Chipping Campden
Day 2– If you have requested bikes they will arrive in the morning and you will be given a brief orientation. You are then free to take one of the circular cycle routes and will back in Chipping Campden in the late afternoon giving you more time to explore.
Overnight- Chipping Campden
Short Option– 8 miles. Ride to Hidcote Gardens and back. One of the most famous english gardens.
Longer option– 26 miles- take a nice ride along a disused railway into Straftord-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Day 3-Today you will take an easy 19 mile ride from Chipping Campden to Stow-on-the-Wold via Snowshill, Temple Guiting and Broadway Tower. Stow will will be your home for your final two nights.
Day 4- Today is your last day of cycling and you will take another circular tour from Stow-on-the-Wold where you will return to for your final nights stay.
Short Option– 13 miles circuit from Stow on the Wold and passing through the lovely twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter via Bourton-on-the-Water.
Longer option– 28 mile loop from Stow to Bourton-on-the-Water and Upper Slaughter and down through the Windrush Valley to the Barringtons and back via the pretty village of Bledington
Day 5- This is your final day and your bikes (if rented) will be collected from your hotel in the morning. You then need to make your way to your next destnation. Moreton-in-Marsh station is an easy taxi ride or bus journey away.
Solo traveller Supplement- (for those travelling alone)– £160
Single Room Supplement– (for those wanting a their own room)- £120 per person
Bike Hire- £75 per person
Electric Bike Hire- £110 per person
Extra night (in Stow-on-the-Wold)- £120 per room
Friday/Saturday stay £25 per night (added manually)
Upgrade to superior accommodation (e.g Noel Arms, Chipping Campden- £50 per person)
This break includes four nights standard bed and breakfast accommodation staying in quality inns and bed and breakfasts. You will be staying for two nights each in Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold. Upgrades to superior accommodation also available at an extra charge (See included tab for more details)
The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh and then to take a short taxi or bus (No 21/22) to Chipping Campden. Train times and prices can be seen at www.thetrainline.com.
London Paddington is easily accessible from both London Heathrow and Gatwick via public transport.
If you have a vehicle you can also drive to Chipping Campden in around two hours from London.
How much is the tour?
The tour costs £420 per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room
What about my luggage?
This break includes luggage transfer(s) between lodgings, so you only need to worry about your day pack when you are moving accommodation. Each break includes luggage transfers for one large suitcase per person. You need to leave it in reception on the morning you are moving villages and it will arrive at your destination by late afternoon.
What about solo travellers and those requiring their own room?
Solo travellers are welcome on this tour and a supplement applies to cover the cost of solo occupancy of a double/twin room and the extra cost incurred in moving one set of luggage instead of two and providing a set of route maps for one rather than two people. A supplement also applies to those requiring their own room. See extra tab for more details.
Am I fit enough?
We offer a variety of different cycle routes raining from 8 miles to 28 miles so there should be something to suit everyone. Please be aware that a good general level of fitness is required and that the Cotswolds is by nature hilly so there are occasional, short ascents but on the whole the routes are quiet and flat wherever possible.
When is the best time of year to go?
You can go any time of year but we recommend March to November as the best time of year for outdoor activities in the Cotswolds.
What should I bring?
We will provide you with a detailed pre-tour folder which includes a packing list but as a guide: layered cycle wear, waterproof jacket and trousers, comfortable trainers, warm jacket.
Do you offer London pickups?
Pick ups from London and other towns and villages can be arranged at an extra cost.
How long is this tour?
This tour last for 4 nights and 5 days with the option to extend by an extra night at the end of the tour
How do i get to the start of the tour?
The tour starts in Chipping Campden. The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh and then a taxi or bus (No 21/22) to Chipping Campden,
Train tickets can be booked online at www.thetrainline.com. .
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