Welcome to Witney

Witney built its wealth through blanket production, which, incredibly, remained the main local trade from the Iron Age until 2002. Its mills, wealthy merchants' homes and blanket factories are still very much in evidence today.

Downton Abbey fans will recognise charming Bampton, 6 miles southwest: it starred as the fictional village of Downton.

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Heart of the Cotswolds Electric Bike Tour

Highlights of our Private Cotswolds Electric Bike Tour  • Visit several pretty Cotswold villages • See stunning Cotswold Manor Houses • Explore the ruins of an ancient Roman Villa • Enjoy lunch in an historical market town • Experience the countryside travelling through quiet country lanes • Lots of photo opportunities ItineraryDeparting Charlbury train station at 10am, you’ll start the day by cycling through the ancient royal hunting forest of Wychwood Nature Reserve. We then spend the morning travelling along the stunning Windrush Valley visiting hidden villages including Swinbrook, Asthall and the highlight of tour, the beautiful village and ancient ruins of Minster Lovell. This pretty village on the River Windrush boasts plenty of Cotswold stone and thatched roofs, as well as holding the title of being the region’s most haunted village. Minster Lovell is perhaps best known for the ruins of its 15th century hall, owned by generations of the Lovell family.Our next stop is Witney, an ancient market town famous for its woollen blankets since the Middle Ages.  In Witney we will enjoy lunch (own expense) at an awarding winning Cotswolds pub where you can sample traditional ale out in the sunshine, if you’d like.After lunch your route takes you along the Evenlode Valley through some enchanting Cotswold villages back to Charlbury station. During the afternoons ride you will visit the impressive manor house of Eynsham Hall and the remains of North Leigh Roman Villa.