Explore the spectacular Cotswolds by bicycle
One of the Cotswolds greatest secrets is how good the area is for off-road cycling. The network of good tracks designated as byways and bridleways makes off-road cycling one of the best ways to discover the area. You can cover a fair bit of ground in a ride and still find the secret places inaccessible to cars. Please note that footpaths are not open to cyclists only bridleways and byways.
From Kemble Station, near Cirencester
The following downloadable routes describe a range of cycle rides which are easily accessible from Kemble rail station, near Cirencester, and take in many interesting features and places of interest in the Cotswolds:
The Infant Thames
An easy ride through quiet villages into the Cotswold Water park, passing country pubs, parks and close to the source of the magnificent River Thames.
Trains, Boats & Planes
This easy 16-mile ride takes you to one of the wonders of the canal-building age – the Sapperton Tunnel on the Thames & Severn Canal.
Tetbury & Westonbirt
Medium or hard ride through Cotswold villages, past churches and pubs, visiting the old market town of Tetbury. An additional loop visits the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum.
From Kingham Station, West Oxfordshire
The following downloadable routes describe a range of cycle rides which are easily accessible from Kingham rail station, West Oxfordshire, and take in many interesting features and places of the Cotswolds:
Route 1: Sarsden Circuit
Route 2: From Bruern to BBOWT
Route 3: Charlbury
Route 4: Moreton-in-Marsh
Route 5: Ancient Stones & Old Manors
Route 6: Burford & The Windrush Valley
Route 7: Bourton, Bulls & Beer (click here to download the GPX file)
Route 8: Wildlife, Hillforts & Halls
Other Routes in around the Cotswolds
Cotswold Cycleway – Chipping Campden to Tetbury (40 miles), Kiddington to Minster Lovell (13 miles), Tewkesbury to Northleach and onto Kiddington (54 miles) and the 73 mile Cotswold Loop
Parts of the National Cycle Network pass through the Cotswolds AONB.
Cotswold and Feldon Cycle Route – a 25 mile route that runs from Shipston-on-Stour to Brailes in South Warwickshire.
Bristol and Bath Railway path – a cycling route that links the cities of Bristol and Bath and runs through the AONB near Swineford.
The Colliers Way incorporating National Cycle Network routes 24 runs through the most southerly part of the AONB from the Dundas Aqueduct to Wellow. National Cycle Network route 4 runs from the Dundas Aqueduct to Bradford-on-Avon.
Cotswold Water Parks circular cycle route, near Cirencester.
Off-Road Cycling Routes
We have devised a series of off-road cycle rides exploring some of the best scenery and countryside of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are available to download here:
Cotswold Gateways – 12 routes around Wotton-under-Edge (7 routes), Winchcombe (4 routes) and Cirencester (1 route).
Cycle Maps & Guides
Cycling maps are available for South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset and can be downloaded free of charge from the Lifecycle Resource Centre.
More route guides are available:
Cotswold Cycling Routes Cotswold District Council, 01285 623000
Cycling Around Yate & Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire Council, 01454 863640
Regional Cycle Maps for South Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council has produced a series of five circular cycling routes in Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-In-Marsh, Kingham, Bibury and Kemble. Click here further information.