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The Best Cycling Routes in the Cotswolds

What better way to take in the beauty of the Cotswolds than on a cycling trip? If you fancy a bit of activity on your visit to the Cotswolds and you don’t just want to kick back in one of our beautiful cottages fear not! We have pulled together six of our favourite Cotswold cycle routes for you to try.

Easy Routes

The Infant Thames

There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to enjoy lots of outdoor activities that the Cotswolds has to offer – such as swimming, windsurfing, bird-watching or lakeside walks with a picnic or barbeque. The route begins and ends at Kemble Station and allows you to explore the Cotswold’s quiet villages, the Thames and Severn Canal and The Cotswold Water Park.

Bruern to BBOWT

The route begins and ends at Kingham Station with a few short climbs but mostly easy gradients. Kingham was voted “England’s Favourite Village” in 2004. Enjoy a pub meal as part of your itinerary at The Kingham Plough. Key highlights of the route include Bruern Abbey and Foxholes Nature Reserve – home to stunning species of flowers, butterflies and birds.

Medium Routes

Nailsworth Circular

This route takes mostly quiet lanes through the beautiful Cotswold countryside with one or two strenuous bursts. Nailsworth is home to a number of acclaimed restaurants, pubs and cafes – so you may wish to factor in visiting one them. There are lots of sights to see, from the Mantara Garden to Rodmarton Manor, with its beautifully maintained gardens, furnished with local timber and stone throughout. You will also pass The Dunkirk Mill Centre which offers a unique opportunity to see a massive working water wheel powering historic textile machinery. Read about the exact route here.

Winchcombe Circular

This route begins in Winchcombe which is full of charm with its traditional cottages and quaint, narrow streets. On the trail you will pass Sudeley Castle with stunning gardens, steeped in 100’s of year of history. Head on to Stanway and observe the highest gravity fountain at Stanway House. Continue onto Evesham Vale and Cotswold’s smaller, pretty villages. Get the full route here.

Difficult Routes

Winchcombe to Burford

You will pass through some of the Cotswolds most well-known villages, including Bourton-on-the-Water, ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’. There are plenty of sights to enjoy, including Hailes Abbey, Cotswold Farm Park and the Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village (but to name few). You will also pass through The Slaughters – considered to be one of the Cotswold’s most picture-perfect villages. The trail ends in Burford where you can take in the sights of its beautiful church, built around 1175. Pick up full details here.

Painswick to Winchcombe

This is a hilly route from start to finish and follows mostly quieter lanes beginning at Painswick. The route passes the Great Witcombe Roman Villa English Heritage site. Interesting remains here display what once was a large and luxurious villa. Continue your trail on to the charming town of Winchcombe, where you can enjoy perusing the boutique shops or pick up some lunch. Also located here is Sudeley Castle, voted the number one Cotswold attraction on Trip Advisor.

Get more information of the route here.

With beautiful villages, quaint country roads and flowing countryside, the Cotswolds is the perfect place for a cycling break. Hopefully these Cotswold cycle routes have got the Bradley Wiggins in you interested and you-re ready to strap on the lycra and start exploring!