Classic itinerary day-by-day
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
First thing your host will meet you at your hotel with your bicycle and run through your itinerary 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.
quirky places to discover and cosy pubs to relax in