Classic & Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
The River Thames to Abingdon
Your cycling equipment will be waiting for you at your hotel. 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.
11 or 19 miles (18 or 30 km) with optional additional miles
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.
28 miles (45 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.
14 miles (22 km)
a gentle day's cycling with a relaxed boat trip back to Oxford