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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
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.
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 a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
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. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.
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.
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
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
We’ll warm up with a guided tour of Oxford before heading to Bibury—said to be the prettiest village in England. Then, we’ll take to the trails, walking quiet country roads via honey-hued villages.
We'll wander through ancient woods and past stone cottages in The Golden Valley. After a delectable pub lunch, we'll head to Highgrove, the private retreat of Prince Charles.
After breakfast, it's off to Daylesford, an organic farm where we'll enjoy a hands-on cooking class, lunch and traditional cream tea. This afternoon, we’ll traipse the lavender fields of Snowshill to Broadway Tower.
This morning, we'll venture to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. After our exclusive entrance through the back, we'll head to the garden for a picnic lunch followed by a private tour.
We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Roman city of Bath for a guided tour that will bring history to life. Later, we'll have time for some shopping or to stop by Jane Austen’s house.
After a delicious breakfast at the Royal Crescent hotel, you will be driven to the Bath Spa railway station for your onward journey. Cheerio!
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.
Dormy House Hotel, Broadway
Back in the 17thC, this establishment went by the name of Willersey Hill Farm and its inhabitants cultivated the surrounding land. Today it has been part of the family-owned Farncombe Estate since 1977 and is one of the Cotswolds' most renowned hotels. It boasts two sumptuous restaurants, a luxurious spa, and spacious and intimate bedrooms.
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.
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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.
Relatively flat, with occasional steeper climbs.Read more on our Activity Levels
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 Sticks & Hip Holsters
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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