Our cycling holidays to, from and around Oxford
Oxford is a fantastic corner of England to explore by bike, and we offer a number of cycling holidays that start or finish in the city. These run southwards, along the Thames all the way to London if you want and also northwards, into the glorious Cotswolds. Oxford itself is one of the most bike-friendly places in Britain, so anyone who chooses to travel around on two wheels tends to feel more like a local and less like a tourist in this city. There's a huge amount to discover and absorb in this world famous "city of dreaming spires" - history by the bucketload, fascinating museums, beautiful old college buildings, amazing gardens, an extraordinary tradition of cultural, artistic and academic pursuit... and let's not forget the breathtaking countryside that surrounds the city.
Unlike other tour operators, we personally research all our routes and put a lot of care into designing our itineraries so that our customers have the opportunity to discover the hidden gems and lesser-known local favourites, as well as the headline attractions. We also provide all our customers with a special Carter Company Adventure Handbook, packed full with interesting nuggets of information and insider tips on the best things to see and do, according to the people that live here (rather than the guide books). Oxford is full of quirks, secrets and back lanes if you know where to find them!
Some of our favourites include:
-The Turf Taven by the Bridge of Sighs, a 13th century ale house and a favourite of Oxford's dons and students
-Blackwells Bookshop, a local institution since 1879 with 4 floors stuffed with books
-The Cherwell Boathouse, a punt station and lovely restaurant in an idyllic water meadow setting
We offer a range of gentle and not-so-gentle holidays by bike that start and finish in Oxford or travel through it. Most tours are self-guided, although we do offer guided tours and can easily provide a guide for any trip on request. All our accommodation is hand-picked on the basis of excellent location, quality and character and there is usually a choice between luxury or classic hotels.
Tours start from one day upwards; the longest tour lasts a fortnight, although you can add on or remove sections of any itinerary as you please. Or if you can't see anything you like in the selection on our website, we offer a full bespoke service. We have designed many tailor-made cycling holidays in and around Oxford - please get in touch to discuss your ideas with us. We'd be delighted to hear from you!