On this tour you will explore the different landscapes surrounding Oxford - the river Thames, the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Oxford Canal.
On day one, there is a flat river focused route exploring a string of riverside villages and the elegant town of Abingdon before returning leisurely to Oxford by boat. On the following day, you'll embrace a peaceful ride along the canal to Blenheim Palace and a charming foray into the Cotswolds. For your third day, pedal along the Thames meadows and its rural villages to the north of Oxford and return along the canal.
from £490 per person
£25.00 per person supplement at weekends
from £700 per person
£110.00 per person supplement at weekends
Based on two people sharing a room
There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Starts daily with Oxford as the base
Centrally located hand picked hotel
A characterful and historic 5 star hotel
This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own. If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide
Gentle cycling (1) More info...
10 to 28 miles (16 - 45 km) per day. Optional additional mileages
Flat with a few gentle slopes on day two
- Additional nights in Oxford
- Enjoy our local guide cycling with you and sharing their knowledge on your first day
- Stay just outside Oxford if you prefer
Classic & Luxury
1. Day one
The River Thames to Abingdon
Our host will meet you, brief you and transfer you to our bike base. Then you are off on your bike to explore the Thames and its sleepy hamlets and backwaters on bridleways and quiet country lanes. Discover historic Abingdon, rustic pubs, tiny museums, magical views, and the wildlife of this ancient waterway. It's a gentle day's cycling with a relaxed boat trip back to Oxford. Those wanting to cycle further can explore the riverside villages beyond Abingdon.
9, 17 or 38 miles (15, 27 or 61 km)
2. Day two
Blenheim and Cotswolds
A different but equally delightful scene beckons today as you wind your way out of Oxford along the canal. Houseboats and wildlife abound, tiny bridges and dragonflies surprise. Not far from the navigation, sits the Cotswold stone village of Woodstock and grandiose Blenheim Palace. Set in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscape, the palace was built in the 18th Century and became the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The 12th Duke of Marlborough lives here today. After a leisurely stop, its time to amble through pretty Cotswold villages nestling in folds of the gentle hills. Discover the delights of Charlbury and take a short train hop back to Oxford.
24 or 26 miles (38 or 42 km) Optional additional miles
3. Day three
The Thames meadows and canal
On the third day on this tour there is a fascinating ride through the very rural river meadows to the north of Oxford. Formerly these meadows were part of extensive hunting grounds where you will now find Alice in Wonderland’s well, pretty villages, weir side pubs and endless backwaters. Enjoy a lazy lunch before ambling back along the canal to return your cycling equipment and departing Oxford. This is a gentle hugely attractive ride and virtually traffic free.
11 miles (18 km)