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“Such a Wonderful Bike Tour with Pedal England That I DId it Twice!!!”
Review of Active England

Active England
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Unforgettable cycle and walking tours in the most historic, iconic sites in England. Travel through glorious chocolate-box Cotswold towns and villages stopping at these amazing locations on the way: Windsor - home of the Royal Family; Oxford, with a walking tour of this famous city; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Bath and its ancient Roman Spa; Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare; Stonehenge, the most imposing of neolithic monuments; and Highclere Castle, better known as Downton Abbey. We run exciting tours in Devon and Cornwall too! After an exhilarating day cycling or walking, experience the luxury of our Prestige-level accommodation - with ivy-clad hotels, sumptuous linen, real ales in the bar, fresh local produce, award-winning dining, and deep, relaxing bathtubs. Accompanied by fun-loving, professional guides, our local experts will always go the extra mile to make your tour an experience you'll be telling your friends about for years to come.
Reviewed 31 July 2015

My tour this July was a terrific experience. In fact, I had done a tour with them in the summer of 2013, and I loved it so much I went back this summer, 2015. The countryside is stunningly gorgeous – one lovely village (usually with a historic church) after another. And in between them are great vistas across the Cotswold hills. Each day features a couple of destinations. Some are big venues like Blenheim Palace, Hidcote Gardens, Highclere Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Oxford, etc.; others are more quaint and equally wonderful (the woolen museum, Kelmscott Manor, the Old Mill in Lower Slaughter, the weavers’ cottages in Bibury, and numerous pubs and cafes for stops along the way). Be sure to have plenty of room on your phone or camera for the 100s of pictures you’ll want to take. The cycling routes between these sites and the hotels are mostly country lanes with very little traffic. The terrain is rolling hills that most cyclists can manage easily. But if you need a ride or a rest, that is totally ok; the van is always close by. The hotels are lovely – great rooms, fine dining, and beautiful gardens for happy hour and post-cycling relaxation. The guides (Ian and Geraint) are really terrific, and their professionalism and friendliness is a huge part of what makes this tour company so good. They live in the Cotswolds themselves, so they really know the area and are full of great anecdotes and information about the history of the region. The guides are keen to help make everyone’s vacation what they would like. (They worked out a detour for me on my first trip to a village that I was interested in, and everyone enjoyed the serendipity of this stop.) They manage the schedule so there’s plenty of time to see everything without being rushed. One thing I really appreciate about Pedal England is their commitment to everyone’s safety; the group stays together on the road for the most part, and the guides always aid the group in crossing the occasional busy road and in making those tricky (for U.S. folks) right hand turns that are a challenge for even the seasoned cyclist. The bikes were great as well. Finally, I found the communication with the company to be very consistent. E-mails were answered quickly, and before my first tour, I asked the owner, Will, to call me, and he did at my convenience. I described my first tour with Pedal England as the trip of a lifetime; my second tour was just as wonderful. And I’d go back again (though they might get tired of me!). Thanks guys!

Thank LH1957
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Reviewed 18 July 2015

Great Guides, Great Hotels, Great scenery. The countryside is rolling terrain, sometimes challenging, but overall a fun ride for those with moderate ability or better (and you can allows ask the van to take up a big hill). A perfect choice for a first overseas trip. My wife and I rode with another couple and about 12 women tennis players. This was a larger than normal group for Pedal England, but they adjusted by bringing a third guide (two is the norm, one riding and one driving the van).

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 11 July 2015

Our vacation and experience with Pedal England was wonderful. I was so surprised to read the review from Peter (from London) about lack of communication, because one of the reasons we decided upon Pedal England was that they communicated and got back to us immediately with any and all questions or concerns. We were a group of friends who did great a great deal of research on which bike company to use and decided to go with Pedal England. It was a great decision. I can't say enough about all aspects of the trip. The food and accommodations were wonderful, the biking was adaptable to fulfill all levels (higher levels given the choice of biking further each day), the countryside spectacular and the leaders very knowledgeable. So it was an enjoyable learning experience as well.
It was a trip of a lifetime. What a fabulous way to see the Cotswolds! The top priority was safely, the guys were very knowledgeable and the tours that came with the trip were well thought out and most enjoyable. I would highly recommend this company and trip!! It would be great for family, friends, couples and even singles.

Thank loveseabrook
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

This was my first bike trip and it was as smooth as I could have imagined. The Cotswolds are lovely and every day we experienced bucolic biking and amazing historic sights. Will, Ian and Geraint were helpful and knowledgeable and non-judgmental (which was important to me as a novice on this kind of trip). The hotels were quite nice and the only bump was slow dining service. If anything, I would have enjoyed doing a little less...but then, there's nothing that I would have wanted to cut from the itinerary. Windsor Palace, Blenheim Palace, Oxford, Stratford, the charming small villages...it was a great way to take it all in. Thanks Pedal England...I'll wear my shirt with pride!

Thank Carol10s
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

To everyone I think you need to be aware. My father and I have emailed and phoned Pedal England a lot over the last couple of weeks and received no responses. Initially they led my father on offering no commitment an instead telling him to allow more time for the trip to fill even though it is their busiest time of year. My father has booked a trip which involves flying from Australia to England and had set aside that week. We now suspect they have gone bankrupt or best case missing in action. Be very careful.

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LouisaKS, Owner at Active England, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2015

Our sincere apologies. We have indeed been waiting for the 17 August trip to fill up an have replied to your email directly. This summer is our busiest yet with most weeks until mid September fully booked. Sometimes the mid / late August tours take a while to fill due to the end of the holidays in North America.

Apologies once again,

The Pedal England Team

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