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COTSWOLD COMFORT

The Cotswold Comfort is our 4 day tour designed for those cyclist who also like to spend time visiting places of interest along the way. The Cotswold Comfort covers between 15-20 miles per day with no major elevation.  The tour starts from the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester. Along the way you will pass through towns and villages such as Bibury, Ampney Crucis, Tetbury, Westonbirt, Malmesbury and more. Kemble train station is within easy distance of Cirencester, with direct links to London and other areas of the UK it makes for a great starting point.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 -If you are staying in Cirencester the night before the start of the tour a member of the Adventure Velo team will meet you at your chosen accommodation to run through the bikes and collect the days luggage, if arriving on the day we will meet you at a agreed location. From Cirencester you will cycle 14.6 miles to your accommodation in the famous Cotswold Village of Bibury. Todays route takes you along the beautiful Cotswold Lanes toward the scenic villages of Ampney Crucis, Hatherop and Coln St Aldwyns before arriving at your nights stop in Bibury. Bibury is one of the most famous Cotswold villages, with a number of beautiful walks, cafes, hotels and pubs. You could try a spot of Trout Fishing at the trout farm or walk along to Arlington Row one of the most photographed areas of the Cotswolds built in the late 14th Century as a wool store. Pictures of Arlington Row can often be found on the pages of the UK passport.

 

You will be staying in the centre of Bibury at a beautiful 4 star ivy clad hotel on the banks of the River Coln. The hotel has an onsite bar and restaurant. You will be staying on a bed and breakfast basis. On arrival to the days accommodation your bags will be waiting at check-in.

DAY 2 - After breakfast and check out you will head out on todays ride, 15.8 miles ending in the peaceful Village of Frampton Mansell in the Golden Valley. On the way you will pass through the idyllic villages of Ablington, Winson and Coln Rogers before heading towards North Cerney. Here is an ideal lunch spot at the beautiful Bathurst Arms on the River Coln. While in North Cerney you may wish to visit the Cerney House Gardens - Cerney House Gardens is a romantic, secret place in the Cotswolds. The gardens are part of the home of the Angus family. Set around a Victorian walled garden, the gardens are described by Country Living as "what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve". From North Cerney you head towards the Golden valley and your nights accommodation in Frampton Mansell. Tonight's accommodation is A seventeenth century ‘cider house’ that is steeped in history and is, quite simply, a perfect village pub...... Roaring log fires; delicious, traditional, home-cooked food; fine, locally brewed real ales; a stunningly beautiful building dating from 1633 and of course, great company.

DAY 3 - After a good breakfast and check out you head out for day 3 of riding. Today you will cover 17 miles with your final stop being Shipton Moyne. From Frampton Mansell you head out and up towards Cherrington with beautiful views over the Golden Valley. You head through Cherrington and onto Chevenage. From Chevenage you head to Tetbury - Tetbury is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the second largest town in the Cotswolds. It is the home of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom. Tetbury was an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn during the Middle Ages. Today, it is better associated with boutique shops, great food, and its Royal Connections.

As you leave Tetbury you head onto Hook House lane the home of Hook House pottery - established in 1975 by Christopher white, you can look around the showroom. Hook house is a lovely and unique place to stop. From Hooks House lane you are a very short distance from Westonbirt Arboretum -perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom. Planted in the heyday of Victorian plant hunting in the mid-19th century as part of the Westonbirt House estate, the arboretum forms part of a site which is listed Grade I on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest. Today Westonbirt Arboretum comprises some 15,000 trees and shrubs, with 2,500 species of tree from all over the world, covering an area of approximately 600 acres (240 ha). Its 17 miles (27 km) of marked paths are popular with visitors, and provide access to a wide variety of rare plants.

 

From Westonbirt you are then a very short ride away from your evenings stop - Shepton Moyne. At the heart of the beautiful south Cotswold village of Shipton Moyne, off the beaten track but just minutes from the bustling town of Tetbury. Tonights accomodation is a quintessential village pub. Here you’ll enjoy cosy comfortable rooms to dine or drink in, delicious and traditional pub food, and a fabulous warm welcome, together with service that goes the extra mile.

DAY 4 - Today covers 18.9 miles as we start heading back towards Cirencester. As you leave Shipton Moyne you head out towards the first town of the day Malmesbury - England’s oldest borough is quite simply a delight. The high street is full to bursting with independent shops and eateries, all nestling in the shadow of the stunning 12th century Abbey. It’s also home to well-known music, history, arts and gardens events and festivals. Meander along the beautiful River Avon and Conygre Mead Nature Reserve; discover more about the first King of England in the Athelstan Museum and admire the 15th century market cross.

After you have finished exploring Malmesbury you head out again across the country lanes towards Charlton and Oaksey before entering the Cotswold Water Park - The Cotswold Water Park is an area of over 40 square miles and 180 lakes, with many different leisure providers, and a variety of places to stay. This stunning wetlands landscape hosts tens of thousands of breeding and watering birds and is an ideal destination for watching wildlife all year round. The area has a host of scenic walks, lakes for water sports, pub and cafes to explore. From the Cotswold water park you then head through the village of Siddington and back into Cirencester. If you would prefer your tour could end at the Cotswold Water park and we can recommend a number of places to stay and are happy to make a reservation for you. Once back in Cirencester  a member of the AV Team will meet you to take the bikes back and debrief on your Cotswold tour.

WHATS INCLUDED!
  • 3 nights accommodation for 2 people 

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Luggage transfer between accommodation

  • 4 days of cycling

  • 4 days bike hire ( including drop of and collection)

  • Support before and during the tour via phone and email

  • Recovery for extreme mechanical failure

  • Detailed guide to each destination including places to eat and visit.

  • GPX files of all routes to follow ( head units available on request)

Price starts from £550pp based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Extra nights accommodation before or after your tour can also be organised.

Self guided tours are organised at a date to suit yourself - Please press contact and include the dates you require and which tour you are interested in. As with all our tours they are Bespoke and route changes can be made.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS
  • Additional accommodation before or after your tour.

  • GPX units containing the routes

  • Reservations/tickets for local attractions and restaurants

  • Adventure Velo jerseys and t-shirts (pre order before your tour)

  • Cycle guide to accompany your on your trip.

NB - we can also provide the same tour using your own bikes and without luggage transfer.

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