This 81.5-mile route passes through beautiful market towns, countryside and the wonderful Watermead Park - perfect for nature lovers looking to spot some interesting wildlife.

Route 48 runs between Cirencester and Northleach, Moreton-in-Marsh and Southam, where you can join with Route 41 which takes you into Royal Leamington Spa. Warwickshire Council has produced maps between Moreton-in-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour and then Shipston-on-Stour to Southam.

The route also runs from Birstall north of Leicester, taking you past Syston and Thrussington. The path travels through Watermead Country Park, just north of Leicester and takes you out to the countryside and ending just south of Hickling.

Things to see and do

  • The beautiful market town of Cirencester, known as the 'Capital of the Cotswolds' has plenty to do including The Corinium Museum which is home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities.
  • Just 5 miles north of Leicester, Route 48 travels through Watermead Country Park, a 140-hectare green oasis and a haven for wildlife. The Country Park is nearly two miles long and has over 12 lakes.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 48 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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