Cycling the Cotswolds: The Essence of England
Cycle and learn about the Cotswolds, renowned for its beauty, history and artistic legacy, and see the traditional limestone villages from which the region derives its name.
Program No. 3670RJ
12 days
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Getting There
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At a Glance

The cities, towns, villages and countryside of Wessex, the Thames Valley and the counties of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire are renowned for their scenic beauty. Yet this area is also a place of living history, enriched by nature and distinguished human achievements in science, technology, architecture and the arts. Pursue these themes by bicycle as you explore charming and historic places, wildfowl and waterways and the life and work of people such as Brunel, Jenner and Shakespeare.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Recommended for novice to experienced cyclists comfortable biking on the LEFT side up to five hours/day on flat to moderately rolling terrain. Participants will bike as a group 12-36 miles/day following the group leader at a rate of 10-12 miles/hour with rest breaks every 25 minutes. Must bring and wear own helmet. Weather conditions, such as wind and rain may affect biking difficulty. Walking up to one mile/day, standing for up to two hours/day on uneven terrain, stairs and cobblestones.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Encounter sites associated with famous Britons from history, from the home of Edward Jenner, the discoverer of the smallpox vaccine, to the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
  • Follow the River Avon through tiny country villages like Thatcham, Hungerford and Beanacre, filled with quaint homes and centuries of fascinating history.
  • Explore important cities in the heart of England, including Bristol, elegant Bath and the port city of Gloucester.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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