Riv Atlantis, Specialized Hardrock, various old lugged bikes
Cotswolds in December?
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.
I was born in the Cotswolds. 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.
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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.