A Cycling Journey: English Villages Along the River Avon
Pedal along quiet rivers and canals on rail trails through the scenic English countryside, learning about the history of quaint villages and notable cities famous for art and science.
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Program No. 3670RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

The counties of Berkshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire are renowned for their scenic beauty, but this area is also a place of living history, enriched by distinguished human achievements in science, technology, architecture and the arts. Pursue these themes by bicycle as you follow the River Avon through tiny country villages, filled with quaint homes and centuries of fascinating history. Cycle from one important city to the next in the heart of England, including Bristol, elegant Bath and the port city of Gloucester. Along the way, 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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Novice to experienced cyclists. Cycling up to 25-40 miles (5 hours) daily on primarily flat to rolling terrain with frequent stops. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In Stratford-upon-Avon, learn about the life and times of William Shakespeare on a city walk, and go behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • Enjoy traffic-free riding along the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, and in Bath, take in a lecture on the SS Great Britain, the first iron transatlantic liner driven by propeller to cross to America.
  • As you ride along the River Servern to the port city of Gloucester, learn about the river's tidal bore and stop at the Jenner Museum to learn about the pioneering medical work of this local scientist.
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