Cotswold Beano

Mon 21 - Fri 25 May 2018

Three days of cycling in the Cotswold country lanes

The Cotswolds - we love it. Quiet lanes, bubbling rivers, rolling green hills, the warm, golden stone of the villages, and the big, big Cotswold sky. We lived here for years and we're delighted to have the chance to share some of our favourite parts of it with you.

Following the format of our successful Somerset Beanos, this is a Weekday Beano - a midweek break starting on Monday evening and finishing after breakfast on Friday morning. In between, you get three full days of riding in some of the best cycling country Britain has to offer.

The rides

On our rides we'll find a lost medieval village where only the church still stands, its walls adorned with 14th-century paintings and its flagstones hiding a mosaic. We'll trace the routes of sheep drovers' tracks and Roman roads, stopping at a Roman villa and passing the woods where descendants of ancient Roman snails still thrive. We'll spot the remains of World War II airfields and pass through the villages where the limestone was quarried to build much of Oxford University. We'll visit a market town that inspired a location (and a pub!) in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and another where the final act of the English Civil War took place. We'll follow the rivers Windrush, Coln and Eye as we keep an eye out for wild birds and wildflowers. At the end of each day we return to base for tea and home-made cakes.

The rides are mainly on quiet country lanes, with a few optional easy offroad sections. This part of the Cotswolds mostly has gently rolling hills, though there will be the occasional steeper climb and even a few flat bits. The main route each day will be 30-35 miles, but there are shortcuts and detours so you can make it shorter or much longer. There's no pressure to keep to a set speed or time.

The venue

Our base is a courtyard on the 1500-acre Notgrove Estate (mentioned in the Doomsday Book) where a cluster of barns have been converted into stylish, comfortable accommodation with plenty of space for socialising after a day on the road. 

There will probably be around 15-25 in the group. We'll all gather together in the dining room for meals. In the evenings you're free to relax and chat in one of the lounges, go for a stroll, or have a game of table tennis or table football in the games room.

Each bedroom has its own private bath/shower room - either ensuite or just across the landing.

The price includes a 4 night stay, with vegetarian dinner, breakfast and afternoon tea and cakes provided; also three days of cycle rides. Hire bikes are not provided; bring your own bicycle. (If you need to hire a bike, contact us for suggestions.)

Renowned local chef Kate Pennell will be catering for us, serving up delicious dinners and home-made cakes. As always on Beanos, catering will be vegetarian.

Courtesy of Notgrove Holidays

Prices

£600 per person single room

£550 per person sharing a double/twin

Prepared to share? If you're coming on your own but are prepared to share a room with someone else, we'll charge you the "sharing" rate. Depending on how the numbers work out you may get a room to yourself anyway, in which case we won't charge you any more.


Prices

£600 per person single room

£550 per person sharing a double/twin

Prepared to share? If you're coming on your own but are prepared to share a room with someone else, we'll charge you the "sharing" rate. Depending on how the numbers work out you may get a room to yourself anyway, in which case we won't charge you any more.

The barns (courtesy of Notgrove Holidays)


One of the bedrooms (courtesy of Notgrove Holidays)

Photos on this page courtesy of Visit England unless otherwise stated