Day 1. Monday
Arrival to Heathrow Airport and transfer to Oxfordshire.
Bike set up and fitting followed by early evening group dinner at the local pub.
Day 2. Tuesday
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Cyclists: 40 mile loop into the Cotswolds.
Hikers: 7 mile hike in the Oxfordshire countryside.
Afternoon: All lunch together, followed by a visit to Blenheim Palace (entrance around the corner from the Hotel).
Evening: Free time to dine or relax as you wish.
Day 3. Wednesday
After an early start from the hotel, today we all have breakfast in the historic city of Oxford. The Old Parsonage is renowned for it’s breakfasts and well worth a visit.
Cyclists: After breakfast, bike from Oxford through the surrounding villages (approximately 50 miles) ending at the fantastic Trout Pub in the village of Wolvercote.
Hikers: 2 hour guided walking tour of the City of Oxford. Followed by a 4 mile hike to Wolvercote to meet with the cyclists for a late afternoon lunch at the pub by the river.
Evening: Optional evening meal at The Old Swan at Minster Lovell
Day 4. Thursday
Today we begin to travel North. To avoid a long cycling transfer day and to allow you to experience the best cycling roads we will make a one night stopover in the village of Brixworth in Northamptonshire famous for its Saxon Church which was built by monks in 680 AD.
Cyclists: ride to Brixworth (approximately 55 miles) stopping off at the Althorp Estate on the way for a picnic lunch with the rest of the group.
Hikers: Starting from Little Brington discover the local area on a 4.5 mile walk. Followed this, visit the Althorp Estate, home to the Earl of Spencer (and resting place of Princess Diana).
Evening: group dinner at The Saracens Head in Little Brington.
Day 5. Friday
After packing up and a leisurely breakfast we have a later start before traveling another 35 miles North to the village of Hambleton, which sits in the center of Rutland Water.
8 day participants are collected from Heathrow airport in the morning on Day 5
Cyclists: Ride to Hambleton
Hikers: Morning transfer to Hambleton followed by hike / cycle around Rutland Water (note, bikes can be hired locally to cycle the easy route around Rutland Water).
Dinner at the Admiral Hornblower
Day 6. Saturday
A day off the bike and some time to discover the local delicacies!
After a relaxed morning to spend as you wish we visit the historic market town Melton Mowbray for lunch, a chance to taste the traditional pies at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe and a variety of English cheeses at the Melton CheeseBoard
Later in the day we head to the Grain Store Brewery in Oakham for a tour and tasting of their best beers which includes a great many samples and a hearty cheese, meat and bread platter!
Evening: at your leisure (if you’re still standing!).
Day 7. Sunday
After breakfast we will pack up and transfer by CCSD van to the edge of the Peak District National Park
Cyclists: 40 mile ride through the National Park from Hathersage visiting the market town of Bakewell on the way and stopping off at the famous Bakewell Pudding Shop to grab some samples, before heading to Monsall Head for for drinks and a picnic lunch.
Hikers: A 7 mile hike up the Monsall Trail, including a stop off to check out the Bakewell Pudding Shop, also finishing at Monsall Head where you meet with the cyclists for picnic lunch overlooking one of the best views in Derbyshire
Evening: group dinner at the traditional Scotsman' Pack in Hathersage
Day 8. Monday
Cyclists: ride 20 – 40 miles, meeting at Chatsworth House (home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire) for a picnic lunch inthe stunning grounds of this stately home.
Hikers: 10 mile hike in the private parkland surrounding Chatsworth House before joining the cyclist for a picnic lunch.
Cyclists and hikers have the opportunity to explore the magnificant grounds and inside of Chatsworth House after lunch
Evening: at your leisure.
Day 9. Tuesday
Cyclists: ride from Hathersage through the Derwent valley to Castleton, with an optional ride up Winnats Pass, a beautiful but challenging climb. After a light lunch we head to Derwent Reservoir, Ladybower Reservoir and Howden Reservoir, before returning to Hathersage for afternoon tea and cake.
Hikers: A 10 – 12 mile hike in the hills above Derwent Reservoir. Simply stunning!
Evening: Special Treat!!! Stella’s Kitchen. We join Stella in her farmhouse kitchen for an evening of fabulous African and Caribbean cooking.
Day 10. Wednesday
This day is left flexible to allow people to tailor the tour to their desires, relax, explore alone etc. There are many options for places to visit and many outdoor activities. During a tour we get a feel for the group and like to leave a day flexible to plan something accordingly.
Day 11. Thursday
We get an early start today and head for the train station. Taking the train to London is a great way to relax and watch the world and countryside go by, and it’s also a lot quicker than by vehicle. Once in London there is a variety of things to do. We will help you plan this day during the tour. Your luggage and bikes will be handled by CCSD and will be waiting at the hotel on your arrival there later in the day.
The hotel is West of London in the pretty village of Kew. At the end of your day of discovery in London we will collect you in the CCSD vehicles and transport you to the hotel to relax, enjoy a drink overlooking the village green and then all join together for
a final group dinner.
Day 12. Friday
Sadly, today is departure day. Airport transfers are arranged in line with your flight times to facilitate maximum vacation time!
*Example Itinerary based on past trips. Subject to change as we finalize the tour