Cycling /Hiking Tour of British Pubs. Cost US$3,750 or $2,995
July 30 – August 10, 2014: 12 days, 11 nights
or August 3 – August 10, 2014: 8 days, 7 nights
* Based on double occupancy. Single supplement $545 / $399
OVERVIEW OF THE TOUR
A wonderful opportunity to experience the very best of Britain. Choose either the cycling or hiking option** and prepare to be amazed by the beauty of the countryside from the quaint thatched roof villages of Oxfordshire, through to the rolling hills and market towns of Northamptonshire and finally the dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park. We stay at old fashioned country inns and traditional pubs, visit castles, palaces and ancient churches, sample the best of British cuisine (pies, cheeses, puddings, pasties, fish and chips) and enjoy delicious picnic lunches overlooking the most beautiful views you can hope for. This trip is simply awesome!
Check out our 2013 memories HERE.
AIRPORT ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY
London, Heathrow International Airport
AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE AND TERRAIN
Rides each day of 40 to 50 miles, over a mixed terrain of rolling hills and some steeper climbs. The routes are designed that you can do a shorter option or a longer option, and professional coaching is included everyday for those that want it. Roads are selected to provide the safest and most enjoyable cycling routes while seeing the beauty of the English countryside.
August is the best month for weather in the UK, with temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees. It’s the UK so we can’t promise sun every day but August is usually a nice month for cycling and we generally have many beautiful days to enjoy. And, if the weather does happen to be bad for a day, what better excuse do you need to spend the day sitting next to the fire in the local pub with a pint of ale, a sloe gin or a glass of red wine.
*Itinerary based on 2013 trip. 2014 itinerary will be confirmed soon.
Day 1. Wednesday.
Arrival to Heathrow Airport and transfer to Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Accommodation: The Bear Hotel
Bike set up and fitting followed by early evening: group dinner at the Woodstock Arms
Day 2. Thursday.
Breakfast at the Bear Hotel
Cyclists: 40 mile loop into the Cotswolds
Hikers: 7 mile hike in the countryside surrounding The Bear
Afternoon: All lunch together, followed by a visit to Blenheim Palace (entrance around the corner from The Bear)
Evening: Free time to dine or relax as you wish.
Day 3. Friday. 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: Free time to dine or relax as you wish. Anyone wanting to dine in Oxford will be driven into the city and collected.
Day 4. Saturday.
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)
Day 5. Sunday
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.
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). Afternoon – Sunday Carvery at the Admiral Hornblower
Accommodation: The Finch’s Arms in Hambleton.
8 day participants are collected from Heathrow airport in the morning on Day 5
Day 6. Monday.
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 (4pm) 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. Tuesday. After breakfast we will pack up and transfer by CCSD van to the edge of the Peak District National Park
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
Accommodation: The Plough, Hathersage.
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. The CCSD van can transport you to a local venue for dinner if you wish.
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.
Evening: Special Treat!!! Stella’s Kitchen. We join Stella in her farmhouse kitchen for an evening of fabulous African and Caribbean cooking.
Day 10. Friday.
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. Saturday.
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.
Accommodation: The Coach and Horses, Kew.
Day 12. Sunday.
Sadly, today is departure day. Airport transfers are arranged in line with your flight times to facilitate maximum vacation time!
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Lodging in carefully selected historic country inns and old fashioned pubs
- Substantial breakfasts every day
- 6 evening dinners
- 3 picnic lunches
- Pre tour: you get a copy of the CCSD guide to the areas we travel through, their history and the main attractions
- Melton Mowbray Pie Shoppe tour and tasting
- Melton Cheeseboard tasting
- Brewery tour and tasting with drinks and meat and cheese platter to follow.
- Entry to Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill)
- Entry to Althorp House (resting place and childhood home of Princess Diana)
- Entry to Chatsworth House (home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire)
- Bakewell Pudding tasting
- On the road professional support and follow car for cyclists
- Professional coaching and on-the-road clinics
- Daily GPS files and maps for cyclists and hikers
- Snacks, drinks and all sports nutrition on the ride each day
- Light mechanical support
- All transportation and luggage handling
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Some lunches and dinners are on your own, so you have maximum flexibility in your day (however we usually stock the support van with lots of delicious treats and the breakfasts are substantial!)
- Some evening dinners
- Bikes (bike rental can be easily arranged along with drop off at the start hotel – please contact us for details)
- Personal incidentals, telephone, hotel mini bar charges, etc.
- Travel insurance (we highly recommend taking out travel insurance for the trip)
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Places are limited on this trip as country inns and pubs tend to be small, with a limited number of rooms. We therefore advise early registration to hold your place.
FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS
Please contact us before booking your flights. We will advise of the best arrival time to match our arranged pick up and transfer times. Arrival outside of scheduled times may incur an additional charge.