Cycling in the Cotswolds
Location map Ride locations Sample Route The fields near Snowshill (Route 22) are transformed when the lavender comes out in late summer

Cycling in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to pretty honey-hued stone villages set in a landscape of rolling countryside. The dramatic 100-mile limestone escarpment offers breathtaking views, while the network of quiet lanes, cycle-friendly canal paths, tracks and bridleways is perfect for exploration on a bicycle.

All the routes described here are suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes and graded from moderate to challenging, with information on surface, distance and ascent as well as those all-important en route cafés and pubs.

Comprehensive lists of recommended gear and local cycle shops are included, as well as advice on repair, first aid and pre-ride checks.

This is your ideal guide to exploring the lanes and tracks of the Cotswolds AONB, whatever your level or skill or style of bike.

  • 21 varied half and full-day routes across the AONB
  • exciting off-road sections for those with mountain biking skills
  • on-road alternatives for almost every route
  • 4-day (200km) tour taking in the highlights of the area
  • free GPX tracks downloadable for all routes when you buy the book
Route 1      Shipston-on-Stour Loop via Brailes Hill   
Route 2      Shipston-on-Stour Loop via Halford  
Route 3      Shipton-under-Wychwood Loop via Wychwood   
Route 4      Bourton-on-the-Water Loop via the Slaughters    
Route 5      Alderton via Broadway   
Route 6      Bradford-on-Avon via Bath Two Tunnels   
Route 7      Bourton-on-the-Water Loop via Great Barrington   
Route 8      Kemble via Cotswold Water Park   
Route 9      Kingham Loop via Bruern Abbey   
Route 10    Batheaston Sting   
Route 11    Stratford Greenway Loop via Mickleton    
Route 12    Cirencester Loop via Ampney Crucis   
Route 13    Filkins Loop via Bibury 
Route 14    Fairford Loop via Bibury   
Route 15    Frampton Cotterell Loop via Wickwar   
Route 16    Stonehouse Loop via Slimbridge   
Route 17    Stow Loop via Blockley   
Route 18    Burford Loop via Northleach   
Route 19    Stroud Loop via Chavenage House   
Route 20    Cheltenham Loop via Cleeve Hill   
Route 21    Malmesbury Loop via Tetbury    
Route 22    Around the Cotswolds   
Day 1         Stroud to Winchcombe   
Day 2         Winchcombe to Stow-on-the-Wold   
Day 3         Stow-on-the-Wold to Cirencester   
Day 4         Cirencester to Stroud   

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