Oxfordshire boasts an idyllic and peaceful rural landscape. Quaint and pretty villages, the unspoilt Chiltern Hills, the charming meadows of the Upper Thames and the historic Thames side towns of Oxford and Henley are all part of this rural idyll. On this tour you will enjoy all these and discover a great deal more. The only question is: where will you choose to stop along the way to quench your thirst? Will you follow your nose or take our hand picked recommendations?
from £780 per person
Based on two people sharing a room
There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Starts daily from Oxford. Finishes Henley on Thames
A small hotel and characterful inns
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 (2) More info...
4 days of cycling 14 - 19 miles (22 - 30 km) per day
Dead flat for 1.5 days and a gentle up and down in the Chiltern Hills
More than half, very low traffic on the rest
- Stay an extra night in Oxford
- Enjoy our local guide cycling with you and sharing their knowledge on your first day
- Stay just outside Oxford if you prefer
- Transfer back to Oxford at the end of the trip
1. Day one
Arrive in Oxford and check into your hotel located close to the heart of the city. Enjoy the treasures of this beautiful city and stroll through the lovely colleges of the University with their magnificent architecture and gardens. Take in the museums, galleries and libraries galore, and perhaps a concert or play. Discover the little tea rooms and fine restaurants, the unique shops and back streets and the river backwaters dotted with punters and rowing eights.
2. Day two
Oxford to Dorchester
Your host will meet you at your hotel, brief you and transfer you to our bike base before waving you 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. Your overnight stay is in the lovely old town of Dorchester on Thames.
19 miles (30 km)
3. Day three
Dorchester to a Chiltern village
There are several more so attractive riverside towns and villages to explore before you head into the Chiltern Hills. There is a gentle pedal up into this different landscape with geat views, quirky places to discover and cosy pubs to relax in. You stay the night in a highly recommended inn nestled in a wooded hamlet.
16 miles (26 km)
4. Day four
From the Chilterns, its downhill most of the day as you make your way through the beech woods and rural patchwork of this unspoilt area. The longer route takes in Elizabethan Mapledurham House with its working water mill and the beautiful village of Sonning on Thames. You arrive in Henley by pedalling beside the Thames and along its weirs. There is much to explore in this elegant and fascinating town where you will spend the night right in the heart of town.
10 or 23 miles (16 or 37 km)
5. Day five
Enjoy Henley and depart at your leisure.