See the Olympic Torch in the Cotswolds AONB
Olympic Torch Route 2012
The Olympic Torch Relay will make its way through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as part of a 70-day tour across the UK before it arrives at London's Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on 27th July. The Torch Relay can be seen in the Cotswolds on the following dates:
Tue 22 May: Bradford on Avon and Bath
The torch is due to reach Bradford on Avon at 14.26. The route will be: Trowbridge Road (from Moulton Drive); turn left into Junction Road; turn right into Frome Road; continue along St Margaret’s Street; over the bridge; turn left at the roundabout up Market Street; turn right into Mason’s Lane; turn left into Bath Road; turn left on to Winsley Road; end on Winsley Road at Downs View. The torch will then travel in convoy to Bath and arrive in the city via the University of Bath at Claverton Down, beginning its journey at 3.28pm. The cavalcade will go down Bathwick Hill and then turn into Great Pulteney Street before the torch is carried across Pulteney Bridge, around the Guildhall and then up High Street, New Bond Street and Milsom Street to George Street. After going up Lansdown Road, it will turn into Bennett Street, go around the Circus before following Brock Street to the world-famous Royal Crescent. In perhaps the most photogenic of the stretches, a runner will then carry the torch in front of the crescent, where bollards will be lifted to allow the relay to turn into Marlborough Building. The flame will then be carried out of the city on Upper Bristol and Newbridge roads, reaching Oldfield School at 4.43pm. The torch will be carried by a vehicle to its next port of call in Bitton, where it is expected to arrive at 5pm and be carried on foot again.
Wed 23 May: Cirencester, Stroud, Painswick and Cheltenham
The Olympic torch will arrive in Cirencester at 3:45pm where it will be carried along London Road, Lewis Lane, South Way & North Way before entering the Market Place and then onto Castle Street and finally Sheep Street before it continues in convoy mode along the A419 towards Stroud. The torch will enter Stroud at around 4.15pm and be carried through Stroud town centre, down London Road, past the four clocks and down Rowcroft before passing the new canal bridge and then along Merrywalks. It will then turn into Beeches Green and make its journey towards Painswick to arrive at 5pm. It will then be carried through the town and make its way towards Cheltenham Racecourse, where the evening celebration event will be held.
Sun 1 July: Broadway and Chipping Campden
On day 44 of the relay, the torch will arrive in Station Road in Broadway at 12.10pm before the torchbearers carry it along High Street and up to the finishing point in Leamington Road. The flame will then move onto Chipping Campden to arrive at 12.30pm when it will be carried down Conduit Hill before heading along Sheep Street then onto Lower High Street before turning into Cidermill Lane and heading out of town via Station Road where it will continue from Castle Nurseries and onto Newbold-on-Stour along the B4035 in convoy mode.
For full details of the Olympic Torch Route, visit: www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route
On Friday 1 June, the original English Olimpicks games - Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpicks - will take place in Chipping Campden, celebrating the 400th anniversary of this wonderful unique and historic event. For further information: www.olimpickgames.co.uk