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Staying in the market towns of Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold in superior accommodation, 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 superior 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 (hybrids or E-Bikes). Accommodation upgrades also available.
This cycling holiday is available to start any day of the week subject to availability.
The cost of this break is £545 per person based on two people sharing. For solo travellers and those wanting a single room a supplement applies (£45/£55 per night). Bike hire for 3 days is charged at £120 for Hybrids and £165 for Ebikes.
If you have any questions about this holiday please use the ‘Proceed Booking’ button on the right. If you are ready to book use the ‘Book Now’ button to proceed to the booking pages. You can either choose to pay a £100 deposit per person or the full balance. The deposit is fully refundable if we are unable to secure accommodation. Payment of balance is required 6 weeks before departure. Please note all bookings are provisional as we need to confirm availability of accommodation.
This break includes four nights standard bed and breakfast accommodation staying in superior inns and hotels. You will be staying for two nights each in Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold. Upgrade to premium accommodation available on request.
Examples of superior accommodation
We generally try to accommodate you in the Noel Arms and Stow Lodge Hotel- both great hotels that we have a long-term personal relationship with. If not available we will use other hotels of a similar standard. We will always confirm accommodation before taking the final balance payment.
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
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.
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.
Overnight- Chipping Campden
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.
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- circular ride 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 miles- 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
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.
The tour costs £545 per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room
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.
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.
We offer a variety of different cycle routes raining from 15 miles to 35 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. Electric bike hire is also available if you are worried about the hills.
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.
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.
Pick ups from London and other towns and villages can be arranged at an extra cost.
This tour last for 4 nights and 5 days with the option to extend by an extra night at the end of the tour
The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh. Train tickets can be booked online at www.thetrainline.com. The tour will finish in Chipping Campden which is a short taxi or bus ride (Number 21/22) from Moreton-in-Marsh.
If you hire bikes through us then when the bikes are delivered you will be given a brief orientation on how the bikes work and an overview of cycling in the area. If you choose not to use our bikes then this will not apply.
At the time of booking you will be given the option to pay extra to have a brief meeting (20-30 min) with a company representative who will talk you through the specific cycle routes and answer any questions you may have.
Bikes are not include in the price. At the time of booking you have the option to choose to rent either quality hybrids or E-bikes. The hybrids we use are brand new Ridgeback Meteor Hybrids with 24 gears. The E-Bikes we use are Ridgeback Cyclones with a powerful motor that takes the effort out of the hills. All bikes come with helmet, panniers and lock. For more details see our blog post on bike hire.