Touring - Cotswolds in December?
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09-21-06, 09:35 AM
Looking at a package tour that is 6 nights in the Cotswolds. Package in includes 6 nights accomodations, bicycle rental, luggage transfer between towns, mileage approx. 20-30 miles per day depending on route chosen. Has anyone experience with something like this, and wondering how bad/good the weather can be at this time of year. Any other suggestions/tips etc. appreciated.
Let me start by saying that the Cotswolds are very pretty. They are also hilly. The villages and towns are quite picturesque and having pre-arranged B&Bs would be nice.
However, Britain is a windy place. It will almost certainly rain some of the time you are there and it might even snow in December. I would expect it to be cold, as well.
It is hard to imagine that December would be the best time of the year to ride in the Cotswolds. That said, it will less crowded than in the summer!
09-21-06, 10:53 AM
I was born in the Cotswolds (http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?client=public&X=450000&Y=225000&width=700&height=400&gride=&gridn=&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=&addr1=&addr2=&addr3=&pc=&advanced=&local=&localinfosel=&kw=&inmap=&table=&ovtype=&keepicon=&zm=0&scale=500000&multimap.x=316&multimap.y=182). Pretty countryside but could be grim if the weather is wet and windy (which is highly likely). It also gets dark by 4:00 so 20-30 m/d is reasonable.
On the other hand, if you get cold crisp days with blue skies expect heavy frost and perhaps ice but fabulous rides.
09-23-06, 10:40 AM
I have a book (somwhere), written by a man who does unsupported tours in November, December and as early as February in England. He's lucky that he lives there and can choose his days. October can be very pleasant and I've spent many a fine day in that month exploring the Cotswolds under bright sun.
As Michael said though, it can be grim and that might take the fun out of the tour unless you are well prepared. It's a bit strange to watch the sun track along the southern sky just above the horizon.
I tour in shoulder months (October-November, April-May) because it is cooler, there are not as many tourists and everything from campsites and pubs to tourist attractions are not as busy. I've got the right equipment, I'm well prepared and I'm not afraid to hit a hotel or B&B if the weather goes to rat S.
Your choice: let us know if you had a good time.
Nice place, wrong time of year.
It's hilly, it will be wet, it will be cold and it gets dark by 4.30
Having said which, if you get a dry spell, it could be fantastic.
And the other bit, a little obvious, sorry, is the flip side to the really dark days in the north country, is how late you would be having wonderful light in the summer. I love the long northern days.
My family is from the Cotswalds so I go quite often in the winter for the cheaper prices. Let me just say you will have cold rain maybe ice it is just a bad time of year for biking.
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