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A Jaunt Around Oxford - Cycling Tour Classic

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  • 2 Nights ensuite accommodation with full English Breakfast
  • Gentle 3 day cycling trip
  • The River Thames with all its history
  • The quaint villages of the rolling Cotswold Hills
  • The Oxford Canal – tranquillity and wildlife
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A Jaunt Around Oxford

From the dreaming spires of Oxford to stunning Blenheim Palace, explore villages along the River Thames, pretty Cotswold villages and rural meadows alongside the Oxford Canal.

Extra nights in Oxford or surrounding Villages – at The Carter Company we can tailormake the trip and extend or cut down the days – tell us what you would like - with The Carter Company anything is possible!

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Day One - The River Thames to Abingdon
Your cycling equipment will be waiting for you at your hotel. Then you are off on your bike to explore the Thames and its sleepy hamlets and backwaters on bridleways and quiet country lanes. Discover historic Abingdon, rustic pubs, tiny museums, magical views, and the wildlife of this ancient waterway. It's a gentle day's cycling with a relaxed boat trip or transfer back to Oxford. Those wanting to cycle further can explore the riverside villages beyond Abingdon.

11 or 19 miles (18 or 30 km) with optional additional miles

Day Two - Blenheim And Cotswolds
A different but equally delightful scene beckons today as you wind your way out of Oxford along the canal. Houseboats and wildlife abound, tiny bridges and dragonflies surprise. Not far from the navigation, sits the Cotswold stone village of Woodstock and grandiose Blenheim Palace. Set in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscape, the palace was built in the 18th Century and became the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The 12th Duke of Marlborough lives here today. After a leisurely stop, its time to amble through pretty Cotswold villages nestling in folds of the gentle hills. Discover the delights of Charlbury and take a short train hop back to Oxford.
28 miles (45 km) Optional additional miles

Day Three - The Thames Meadows and Canal
On the third day on this tour there is a fascinating ride through the very rural river meadows to the north of Oxford. Formerly these meadows were part of extensive hunting grounds where you will now find Alice in Wonderland’s well, pretty villages, weir side pubs and endless backwaters. Enjoy a lazy lunch before ambling back along the canal to return your cycling equipment and departing Oxford. This is a gentle hugely attractive ride and virtually traffic free.
14 miles (22 km)
Additional Information


  • 2 Nights ensuite accommodation with full English Breakfast.
  • The services of our friendly local host to welcome and brief you, share their local knowledge and look after you.
  • Hybrid bike and additional accessories including helmet, pannier, saddle cover, water bottle, lock, puncture repair kit and spare inner tube
  • Emergency 24 hour phone number and support
  • Adventure Handbook - packed full of information, history and photos of the area your tour covers, as well as The Carter Company's insider tips on how to discover the local secrets and hidden gems most tourists never see!
  • GPS Navigation by App on own mobile phone. Waterproof mobile phone holder, power bank and mains charger free for clients to keep at the end of the tour (one per group).
  • Written summary Route Directions and OS maps with your route marked


  • NOT INCLUDED: airfares, travel to and from the trip start and finish points unless specified, entrances to attractions unless specified, boat fares unless specified, lunches and dinners unless specified, alcoholic beverages, mini bars and meals pre and post the trip.