Cotswolds Cycle Routes
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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Cotswolds Cycle Map
|Bath to Midsomer Norton||17 miles (27 km)||This ride follows NCN routes 4, 24 and 48 through some lovely Somerset scenery. The route starts on Poultney Bridge near the centre of Bath and follows NCN route 4 along the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal before turning south west along NCN route 24 near Monkton Combe. You'll then follow a series of quiet roads and a dismantled railway line to Radstock passing Midford Castle as you go. A lovely off road stretch along the Wellow Brook in the beautiful Cotswolds takes you into Midsomer Norton.|
|Broadway Tower Country Park||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy fabulous views of the Cotswolds AONB in this beautiful park in Broadway, Worcestershire. The focal point of the park is the 65ft high Broadway Tower. The tower was the brainchild of Capability Brown and designed by James Wyatt in 1794 in the form of a Saxon castle. It is the second highest point in the Cotswolds so there are wonderful views as far as the Welsh Mountains in one direction and Buckinghamshire in the other. The park is also home to a herd of Red Deer and includes several peaceful woodland trails.|
The Cotswold Way walking route runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk. The nearby Chipping Camden is a good option or you could visit the delightful Snowshill village and manor house.
|Cirencester to Moreton-in-Marsh||30 miles (48 km)||This ride takes you along NCN route 48 through the beautiful Costwolds district. You start near the tourist information centre in Cirencester and head along minor roads to the lovely Bourton-on-the-Water - Venice of the Cotswolds and the perfect place to stop for some refreshments. From here you continue to Stow-on-the Wold, another lovely village in the region before the final stretch takes you into Moreton-in-Marsh, finishing at the train station.|
|Cirencester to Stroud||22 miles (35 km)||Follow NCN routes 48 and 45 through the beautiful Cotswolds region on this attractive route which takes you close to the source of the River Thames. The route starts near the abbey grounds in Cirencester and follows NCN route 48 to Kemble where you will join NCN route 45. The route continues on the Thames path and minor roads through the Cotswolds to Nailsworth where an off road path takes you into Stroud finishing near the River Frome.|
|Claude Duval Bridleroute||63 miles (102 km)||This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds.|
This route is named after the well-known local highwayman, Claude Duval. It starts at Quainton and passes Stratton Audley, Bicester and Bucknell before crossing the Oxford Canal near Woodstock. The route then heads towards Chipping Norton and then Spelsbury where you join the River Evenlode for a short waterside stretch to Ascott d'Oyley. You then head onto Great Barrington via Fifield.
For cyclists a hybrid or mountain bike is required for this route. This is a fairly challenging route but with some fabulous Cotswolds scenery to enjoy.
|Gloucester and Sharpness Canal||16 miles (26 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking along the towpath of this lovely canal in Gloucestershire. The whole of the route is suitable for walkers while cyclists can enjoy several sections as well. National Route 41 of the National Cycle Network runs along the canal from Gloucester Docks to the outskirts of the city. There's also another section from Frampton Upon Severn to Shepherd's Patch. |
The canal runs from Gloucester Docks to Sharpness with wonderful views of the Severn Estuary, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds. Route highlights include Gloucester Docks with its variety of shops, leisure facilities, marina and fascinating Gloucester Waterways Museum. You will also pass the wonderful Slimbridge Wetland Centre where you can see thousands of migrant birds. The route finishes at the dock of Sharpness Port which was opened in 1874.
The canal links nicely with the River Severn in several places so you have the option of picking up the Severn Way and continuing your walk.
|Haresfield Beacon||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy woodland trails and wonderful views over the Severn Vale and the Cotswolds on this circular walk near Stroud. There are miles of walking and cycling trails on which to explore the large estate. On the way you will pass wildflower meadows, an Iron Age hill fort and the Bronze Age Long Barrow of Haresfield Beacon.|
This walk starts at the car park and follows the Cotswold Way National Trail through Standish Woods. You pass the Long Barrow and Standish Quarry before heading through the countryside to Oxlynch. The path then passes Vinegar Hill and Ring Hill before reaching the topograph where you can enjoy splendid views. From the topograph it is a short walk back to the car park and the finish point.
The area is superb for interesting flora and fauna. Look out for bluebells in Standish woods and orchids and butterflies in the limestone grasslands. You may also see buzzards and kestrels from the viewpoints.
The whole of this route is for walkers but much of it is suitable for mountain bikers too.
If you would like to continue your walking in this beautiful area then you could head south of Stroud and visit Rodborough Common and Woodchester Park for more great walking trails. You could also pick the Cotswold Canals Walk and enjoy waterside walking along the Stroudwater canal through Stroud.
|Oxford to Milton Keynes||42 miles (67 km)||Starting in the historic University town of Oxford follow NCN route 51 from Oxford to Milton Keynes via Bicester.|
This ride takes you through the lovely scenery of the Cotswolds along quiet country roads and some traffic free paths.
You will pass through the pretty villages of Twyford and Steeple Claydon as you travel through the Aylesbury Vale district. The run into Milton Keynes is particularly attractive, passing Furzton and Teardrop lakes (below) on a leisurely off road stretch before finishing near the train station.
|Pittville Park||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short waterside walk or cycle around this pretty park in Cheltenham. In the park you will find aviaries , small areas of woodland and three lakes with waterside paths. You will also pass the impressive Grade I listed Pittville Pump Room. Built in 1825 it is the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in Cheltenham. There are also play areas for children, a boat house and cafe. Cyclists can cycle around the two western lakes so it's a nice option for anyone looking for a safe family ride in the town.|
|Stroud Valleys Trail||6 miles (9 km)||This route runs from Stonehouse to Nailsworth following a disused railway line. The route is traffic free with splendid views of the Cotswolds and makes for a pleasant afternoon's cycling or walking particularly for families. Click here for more information on this route.|
|Swindon to Cirencester||19 miles (30 km)||This route follows NCN route 45 from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire taking you through a lovely part of the Cotswolds. The route starts in Swindon Old Town and follows an off road cycle path into the countryside. A dismantled railway line takes you to Cricklade before more off road paths take you through Cotswold water park - the UK's largest water park with 133 numbered lakes.|
An on road section then takes you into the finish point in Cirencester near the abbey grounds.