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Exploring Britain by bike is our favourite way to experience the country. For some of the best cycling holidays in the UK, Sussex and the Cotswolds are a must. With boundless charm and well-maintained cycle paths, these regions are wonderful for any level of cyclist. Using top-range e-bikes also helps give you that extra boost when you need it. Our tours offer the perfect mix of culture, adventure, and leisure, as you set your own pace and pedal onwards. From indulgent wine tastings to ancient towns, there’s a story to uncover around every bend when on a cycling holiday here.
Sussex is a playground for cyclists, with gorgeous coastal routes showcasing dramatic scenery as well as gentle lanes through the countryside. Thanks to a booming wine industry, the region is on everyone’s lips with its new Protected Designation of Origin status. So pour a glass of Sussex on some of our best cycling holidays in the UK.
The Cotswolds has some of the most beautiful villages in the country. Bourton-on-the-Water, for example, is the classic postcard of the region and it's not alone in its charm and atmosphere. Much of the Cotswolds is idyllic countryside, where tranquil glades open up to sleepy farms. The landscape has a real sense of history, with an ancient tale connected with almost every tree here. Some of the best cycling holidays in the UK are in the Cotswolds, and for good reason.
The Grand Tour of the Cotswolds is one of the best ways to explore the region, taking you to all of our favourite towns and villages along the way. An e-bike tour, the famously hilly Cotswolds is easily conquered. One of the best cycling holidays in the UK, you’ll get the chance to learn all about the history of the region. From Romans to Saxons, to the Industrial Revolution, these hills have seen it all. On this tour, stay in delightful hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, taking life in the slow lane and enjoying all the Cotswolds has to offer. For those unacquainted with the region, this tour is the perfect introduction.
Starting in Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll stay at the Manor House, an exquisite building showcasing the golden sandstone architecture that the region is famous for. From here you can explore Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and a wonderful place to cycle to. The next town you’ll stay in is Painswick, from which you can set out and explore the famous villages that commonly appear on Cotswolds postcards. The final point of call is the elegant city of Bath, where rich Roman history and Georgian architecture to explore awaits you.
For any budding sommelier, our Sparkling Sussex tour is one of the best cycling holidays in the UK. The vineyards of Sussex are producing some of the most celebrated sparkling wine in Europe, so why not join in on the celebration? Thanks to the huge chalk vein that runs beneath the region, the soil is perfect for producing grapes with high acidity – just what you need for sparkling wine. You’ll have the chance to learn all about this and more when you inevitably stop for a delicious wine tasting on the route.
Staying in some of the region’s most beautiful hotels, you’ll set out every day exploring the picturesque coast and sparkling vineyards of Sussex. Ockenden Manor is one of our favourites and acts as your base on day 4 when you cycle out to Ridgeview Wine Estate for a tasting and tour. Other exciting highlights include Chichester, Tinwood Estate, Bailiffscours and Cuckmere Haven. If you’re searching for the perfect mix of wine and sea, Sparkling Sussex is one of the best cycling holidays in the UK for you.
If you’re searching for a short break cycling holiday to explore the countryside, then look no further than our Cotswolds Country Escape tour. The beauty of this tour is that it’s single centre, meaning you stay in just one hotel, and each day explore a new part of the stunning region. In this case, you’d be enjoying the luxury and comfort of Barnsley House, getting acquainted with all the local delights. At 3 nights long, this is a great long weekend option for a refresh in the countryside.
Arriving in Barsnely, your hotel has a wealth of spa treatments, and we recommend taking full advantage of them. Relax in luxury after a day’s cycling. The cycling routes from the hotel take you to picturesque villages and stunning rural landscapes. Following the River Windrush, explore charming Bourton-on-the-water and Lower Slaughter before heading back to Barnsley. Another route explores the River Coln and Cirencester, a Roman market town that is exciting and bustling. One of the best cycling holidays in the UK for a long weekend, our Cotswolds Country Escape is also a firm favourite of ours.
Another fantastic single centre holiday, our Sussex Beach Break shows you the delights of England’s southern coast. From sandy beaches below white cliffs to glorious castles and exciting cities, this is Sussex in a snapshot. A wonderful escape to the seaside, this is one of the best cycling holidays in the UK for experiencing the region.
One of the highlights of this tour is cycling to the magnificent Arundel Castle. This is one of the largest and most impressive in the country and is our favourite stop-over when heading to Littlehampton. A seaside resort town, Littlehampton hosts an array of delights, where that classic British seaside experience awaits you. Take a dip in the sea before cycling back to your hotel, the luxurious Bailiffscourt. The round trip on day 3 of this tour takes you to the exciting Chichester, one of the most exciting cities on the southern coast. Along the way, a delicious wine tasting at Tinwood Estate is all but compulsory.
For more recommendations on the best cycling holidays in the UK, give us a call on 020 7471 7760, or alternatively, view our all UK cycling tours here.
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