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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Stroll through chocolate-box charm
Take in the Cotswolds’ charm on foot and explore the lavish gardens, ancient cities, and honey-pot homes in one of Britain’s quaintest corners. From Churchill’s residence at Blenheim Palace to the Roman influences infused in Bath, strolling the Cotswolds is a glorious step back in time.
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Day by Day
From Oxford, our guides take us to Blenheim Palace to tour its art collection and explore the grounds. This afternoon, follow quiet country roads by foot through quaint villages to our hotel, Barnsley House.
Wander through ancient woods and past stone cottages in The Golden Valley. After our morning walk, it’s a short drive to a private polo club for lunch, where we’re be joined by a polo pro for an introduction to the sport.
After breakfast, it's off to Daylesford, an organic farm where we'll enjoy a hands-on cooking class, lunch, and traditional cream tea. We then head to Broadway for the start of our afternoon walk.
Today's route follows the Cotswolds Way into the countryside of North Cotswolds, passing through charming Chipping Campden. Lunch is at a Sunday Times Country Pub of the Year before a visit to Hidcote Gardens.
From the outskirts of Bath, we walk into the city via rolling farmer’s fields and the 18thC Kennet & Avon Canal. Enjoy lunch on your own before we regroup for a tour of the city’s famous Roman Baths.
After a delicious breakfast at the Royal Crescent hotel, you will be driven to the Bath Spa railway station for your onward journey. Cheerio!
English charm in the Cotswolds.
The Painswick, Painswick
Originally built in the late 18th century at the height of the wool trade, The Painswick is located in the heart of the village of Painswick. The hotel’s contemporary restaurant is steered by chef Michael Bedford, and for further pampering try their Calcot Spa treatment rooms or a sunset drink on the terrace overlooking dulcet hills.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
The top-rated hotel in Bath and one of the most famous in England, the Royal Crescent is a touch of class delivered with impeccable English charm and manners. With a luxurious spa, immaculately tended gardens, and an award-winning restaurant, the Royal Crescent is a five-star haven of elegance and tranquillity.
Barnsley House, Cirencester
An elegant country house hotel, Barnsley House exudes charm and sophistication. Take the winding path from the main house to their outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool—what better way to soothe your muscles after a day of exertion? Cap your day with a well-earned pint at their pub, before settling into your beautifully designed room.
B&R does it right in every way; from the hotels, routes, tours, variety and especially the guides! They even manage to find the hidden treasures and people unavailable to the typical tourist. You could never design a better trip for yourself than the people at B&R can do for you.— Kristin Turner
This trip is appropriate for travellers who enjoy going for a good walk and can handle an incline or two. The terrain we cover is varied. We’ll enjoy some gently rolling hills, and a few climbs which will be a bit more demanding. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range from 6.5 to 16 km (4 to 10 mi) and options for shorter or longer routes are available on all days.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Waist pack with water bottle and holder
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Services of a professional local guide
Walking Poles & Waist Pack
Included with all walking trips are telescoping walking poles and custom-made padded waist packs, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. The walking poles get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, but the waist pack is yours to keep at trip’s end. See Equipment Details
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