LONDON, HAMPTON, WINDSOR & OXFORD
9 days − Self Guided
Fine Hotels & Country Pubs
Cycle England’s Royal and Famous Landmarks. A self guided bike tour taking you from London’s outskirts, past England’s most regal palaces and castles, still lived in by royalty and aristocracy. Enjoy this journey along London’s great highway, the Thames, across the stunning Chiltern’s, and all the way to Oxford, a vibrant city of learning and art.
Cycling from London to Oxford via its royal monuments.
Hold on to your helmets, this is a great English bike trip. Start pedalling from near London, the most exciting urban city. Not only a mecca of culture and history but a thrilling place to explore before your journey to Oxford, another culturally packed place, unique and famous.
This trip follows the river Thames, a waterway which has seen the passage of time. Cycle to and visit famous English Palaces like London’s Buckingham Palace, Henry VIII’s Hampton Court and William the Conqueror’s Windsor Palace, where history happened. These palaces dot the landscape around here with other ancient remains. It’s a rich ride to enjoy history and if that’s not your thing, the trip checks other boxes too! Cozy pubs, gastro food and Great Parks, tranquil rural scenes and landscapes.
It is a ride of great diversity, much like England itself.
3 Apr 2023 to 31 Oct 2023
3 Apr 2024 to 31 Oct 2024
30KM Daily Average
- Travel England via the beautiful historic Thames River
- Visit London, one of the greatest cities in the world
- Hampton Court Palace, steeped with history of King Henry VIII
- Oxford’s spires are a thrill. Its monuments, delightful
- Cycle through pretty English villages & enjoy their pubs
- See London’s big Royal park, Richmond
- Enjoy the most famous monuments like Big Ben & Windsor Castle
THE CC ADVANTAGE
An area CC specialises in, with the company owners, being from London centre and living there many years
A route planned around the local sights highlighting all the famous monuments of this historic place
We know what it takes to order a pint of the best bitter or find the best English Fry up Breakfast
“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
EXTRA DAYS IN LONDON
Don’t miss all the things you can do whether you visit Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street or Kensington Palace in Hyde Park, all are exciting, just before your trip starts!
There are so many pop cultural sights to check off that it may be hard to decide where to catch the Underground to next. Westminster, Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace and Big Ben… To help you out, read some ideas of what to do in our blog piece. Have fun, everyone should visit London, at least once in their life!
A cycling adventure in England chock full of the most famous sights and palaces. Start your cycling trip in the outskirts of London the following day!
DAY 1. ARRIVE IN HAMPTON WICK
It is a bike ride full of England’s popular sights the world recognizes. Spend the night near Hampton Court Palace, King Henry the 8th and his wives’ home and enjoy its laid-back ambience.
Visit Hampton Court. Magnificent and sturdy, this palace housed the who’s who of British Royalty for 500 years. Most famously, the impressive King Henry VIII who never gave up his quest for a male heir. He also loved Hampton Court and built it to be a pleasure palace of modernity, remodelling it several times. All six of his wives spent time there and it is still a fascinating place to visit.
You will have a bike set up with our guide who will introduce you to this fabulous English Royal bike route.
DAY 2. HAMPTON WICK CIRCULAR RIDE
Ride: 21 km (13 miles) or 34 km (21 miles) // Elevation gain: 576 ft // Descent: 576 ft
English castles & Palaces! Be prepared for stunning river scenes of swans and draping willows on today’s cycle. Pedal along by Kew Palace (longer ride option) and her famous gardens and on through Richmond, the royal gateway park to Hampton Court. It is a bike ride full of England’s popular sights the world recognises.
There is an option to enjoy a boat ride as well along the scenic river.
DAY 3. HAMPTON WICK TO WINDSOR
Ride: 37 km (23 miles) // Elevation gain: 458 ft and // Descent: 370 ft
Optional ride: 64 km (40 miles) // Elevation gain: 690 ft // Descent: 693 ft
Bike along to Windsor and its incredible castle. This is a must visit to see one of the wonders of English Royal Heritage – King Charles maybe staying today! Pedal the magnificent Great Walk to the castle, scene of many royal parades and get some extra miles with a circular ride through the Great Park.
Visit St George’s chapel, the place of Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding.
DAY 4. WINDSOR TO MARLOW
Ride: 32 km (20 miles) // Elevation gain: 465 ft // Descent: 493 ft
Spend the morning sightseeing Windsor further. It’s a delightful place to wander, see if you can spot the famous Eton school across the river! Cycle beside the Thames today, traversing it several times today, criss-crossing via villages, hamlets and iron bridges.
Although Mary Shelly put the finishing, horrifying touches on her masterpiece ‘Frankenstein’ in Marlow, it’s not a frightening place. In fact, her house, Albion House, is a tranquil spot on the river.
Today Marlow has a bustling high street and has a reputation of some very fine eats with several gastropubs and even 3 Michelin starred restaurants. Try them out if your budget dares!
DAY 5. MARLOW TO HENLEY
Ride: 18 km (10 miles) // Elevation gain: 512 ft // Descent: 492 ft
Your bike trip in this traditional area of England continues through the beautiful Chiltern Hills, home to green forests, vistas and birdlife. In August, you can take a boat trip to avoid the rolling hills.
Henley, your destination, is known for its rowing and regattas, so the Thames is an integral part of the lifestyle here. Visit its River and Rowing Museum to really understand its hold on this town. It is an attractive place with Tudor housing and nice river views. Take a pint in one of its atmospheric pubs. A great place to explore.
DAY 6. HENLEY TO STREATLEY
Ride: 30 km (19 miles) // Elevation gain: 686 ft // Descent: 663 ft
Cycle along the Thames’ banks with fresh air and gliding waterfowl. Spot the area’s most charming English villages on today’s bike trip. End the day in the small village of Streatley with its pretty situation on the Thames. A settlement for over a millennium, it was even mentioned in the Doomsday book (a census of towns in 1086, ordered by William the Conqueror). Many medieval buildings line the main street, making it a nice visual picture. Visit the enchanting 15th century pub, The Bull or even St. Mary’s Church, in which there is an Anglo-Saxon warrior buried in the cemetery.
There is a 5-minute train hop to your hotel for the night in Streatley.
DAY 7. STREATLEY TO OXFORD
Ride: 35 km (22 miles) or 45 km (28 miles) // Elevation gain: 577 ft // Descent: 549 ft
What an exciting day’s English cycle ride today. Follow the upper Thames and you view traditional English villages and rural landscape galore. Green pastures, graceful willows and bobbing skiffs. End the day in famous Oxford, seat of higher education which has seen 27 British Prime Ministers graduating from there and many more International heads of state and leaders of industry. Impressive.
An incredible city to explore, enjoy its ambience of lively students, great restaurants and many famous historical monuments. You will stay here for two nights.
DAY 8. OXFORD
Optional ride: 19 km (12 miles) // Elevation gain: 242 ft // Descent: 243
Relax and enjoy Oxford ready for a full day’s of sightseeing. It is a phenomenal city to discover with ancient buildings, lovely pubs, museums, magnificent architecture, galleries and more. There are many walking tours to join and cafes to visit. Or take a side trip to Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of Winston Churchill. You will find the day slips by quickly here but if still keen to do more cycling, there is a rest day ride to try out.
DAY 9. ONWARD TRAVELS
We wish you great onward travels today! Interested to see more of this beautiful English countryside, why not consider continuing cycling from Oxford on our Cotswold bike tour to impressive Bath and mysterious Stonehenge. Pedal through chocolate box Cotswolds villages and its special quaintness, which Oxford is on the doorstep of.
Thank you and Cheerio!
Leisure Tour: Self Guided
Bikes: Hybrid / Ebike
Route: London – Hampton Wick – Windsor – Henley – Streatley – Oxford
Sunday Start Day
Easy: distances are a daily average of 35 km.
All 8 full English breakfasts
Learn more about the Full English Breakfast in our Blog
Carefully chosen hotels and country inns for 8 nights | Option to take the Deluxe Accommodation Package
All bedrooms are private en-suite
- Hybrid bike and pre-used helmet, pannier, lock, saddle cover, puncture repair kit and spare inner tube
- 5% off on your next tour with Us!
- Friendly welcome and intro
- Cue notes – Directions & maps with your route marked
- Luggage transfers of bags daily
- Emergency 24 hour phone number and support
- Guidebook of history, customs & where to eat, Helmet Bag, Tee & Tags
- GPS navigation by App on own mobile phone. Waterproof mobile phone holder, power bank and mains charger (free to keep at the end of the tour!)
Quality Ebike Hire: £260
Airfares, travel to and from the trip start and finish points
Entrances to attractions, boat fares, Hampton Court, museums
Lunches and dinners, alcoholic beverages, mini bars and meals pre and post the trip (unless specified)
** Please enquire about the option of hotel upgrades, which is the Deluxe Cycling Tour we are offering.
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