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Minimum route distance 76 miles (124 km)
Experience the finest hospitality and warmest welcome on the edge of the Cotswolds area of natural beauty. This single centre, short break holiday combines luxurious accommodation and a range of fantastic dining options with the empowerment provided by our top-quality E-bikes to allow you to explore and discover the Cotswolds in the utmost comfort. Ride between some of the country's most picturesque villages, stop for pub lunches and picnics on the banks of the Windrush and Coln and discover for yourself why the Cotswolds are England’s premier holiday destination.
Cooking classes and spa treatments at the exquisite Thyme, your single centre accommodation base. Underpinned by a focus on sustainability, you can expect a peaceful setting, complete with locally sourced produce and plenty of natural beauty in the surrounding landscapes.
Day 1 | Arrive at Southrop
Check in to your room, then take some time to explore the grounds of your stunning hotel. Perhaps indulge in a spa treatment or a cooking class before dinner in one of the three on-site dining options.
Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Bourton-on-the-Water and Lower Slaughter - Distance: 38 mi/62km
Our destination mangers will call by after breakfast to handover our excellent E-bikes and talk you through the details of your cycling tour. After this, it is time to get in the saddle and set off to explore the glorious countryside and impossibly quaint villages that this part of England is famed for. Our first recommended ride takes you to some of the region's most famous villages. Start the ride by heading north to Burford, on the banks of the River Windrush. You will follow the river to begin with, hopping from village to village, before approaching Bourton on the Water and then Lower Slaughter. These two villages are arguably the two finest examples of what makes the Cotswolds just so special and we highly recommend locking up your bikes for a while to explore and enjoy them. When it’s time to head back, you’ll follow a route through yet more scenic villages and countryside all the way to the welcoming gates of Thyme.
Approx. riding time: 3.5 hours
Day 3 | Optional Round Trip: The River Coln and Cirencester - Distance: 38 mi/62km
For those staying with us for three nights, we have another great ride for you to enjoy today. Saddle up and cruise out of Southrop, heading westwards along small country roads through the verdant landscape until you reach the banks of the River Coln. Follow the river as it twists through a number of gorgeous villages, including Coln St Aldwyns and Bibury where you’ll find authentic Cotswolds charm in abundance. The route then takes you south to the Roman market town of Cirencester, home to a host of interesting historical sites and a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops for you to enjoy whilst taking a break. The last leg of the ride takes you back to Southrop, skirting the wetlands of the Cotswolds Water Park on the way.
Approx. riding time: 3.5 hours
Day 4 | We say goodbye
Trip extensions are available upon request.
What not to miss
For more information on the Cotswolds see cotswolds.com
A village within a village, a quintessential country destination and the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds in comfort. The collection of tastefully restored historic buildings that form the destination are host to not only a fantastic hotel, but a number of dining options, a cookery school and an excellent spa too. A strong drive to operate sustainably underpins everything at Thyme, perhaps nowhere more so than in the kitchen garden and farm, where food miles in the restaurant, bar and pub are kept to the absolute minimum.
|Nights||Board Basis||Adult Price|
|2||Bed & Breakfast||£545pp|
|3||Bed & Breakfast||£795pp|
Based on a midweek stay. A supplement may be charged for bookings on weekends.
Spa Treatments – Pre bookable on request
Cookery Classes – Pre bookable on request
*Where tour pricing is displayed in your local currency, please note this is for indicative purposes and your final holiday will be confirmed and transacted at the time of booking with our team in Pound Sterling.
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