Cycling in the Cotswolds

Colliers Way

Quaint market towns and rolling countryside make cycling in the Cotswolds a real delight.  The National Cycle Network takes you to some of the highlights including Cotswold Water Park, the River Frome and Moreton-in-Marsh to name just a few!

1. Honeybourne to Moreton-in Marsh

This 11.5 mile route runs between Honeybourne and Moreton-in-Marsh has train stations at either end if you can’t face the return journey.  The route is a bit hilly but well worth it as it takes you past some stunning Cotswold sites.  Along the way you pass Chipping Campden, Broad Campden and then on to Draycott and Aston Magna. From here there are excellent views across the valley before a steady descent to Moreton-in-Marsh.

2. Moreton-in-Marsh to Long Hanborough

This section of the Cotswold Line travels from Moreton-in-Marsh, through the pretty village of Kingham and onto Charlbury.  The route splits into westbound and eastbound braids. Westbound is easier and uses a very picturesque lane on the north side of the valley through Fawler. The routes rejoin at the crossroads by Ashford Bridge.  A steep climb leads to East End with its Roman Villa before arriving at Hanborough village.

3. Windrush Valley Cycle Route

Using National Route 57, this ride transports you from the bustle of Witney to the beautiful quiet lanes of the Windrush Valley on this tour around the Cotswold countryside.  On your way to the market town of Northleach, you pass the ruined priory of Minster Lovell and the National Trust’s superb Sherbourne Estate.

4. Stroud Valleys Trail

Beginning in Stonehouse in the Stroud Valley, this delightful 6.5 mile, traffic-free route follows the line of the old Midland railway and provides wonderful views of the Cotswolds to the east. It’s never far from water, periodically joining the River Frome, the disused Stroudwater Canal and the Nailsworth Stream. Watch out for water mills and other interesting buildings along the way. The route also takes you through an orchard.

5. The Colliers Way

National Routes 24 runs through the most southerly part of the Cotswold AONB from the Dundas Aqueduct, just outside Bath to Frome. You pass Radstock, set in some of the most beautiful Somerset countryside, and where the fascinating history of mining and life in the North Somerset Coalfields can be discovered.

6. Cirencester to Cricklade

At just under 9 miles each way this section of National Route 45 takes you from near the Abbey in Cirencester to the pretty Cotswold town of Cricklade.  Its quiet roads past Siddington and onto South Cerney, but from here you travel on a traffic free path through Cotswold Water Park - the UK's largest water park with 133 numbered lakes, before arriving in Cricklade.

7. Stratford Greenway

The historic market town of Stratford is on the edge of the Cotswolds and is one of the most-visited places in England. The Stratford Greenway links the attractive town of Stratford-upon-Avon with the village of Long Marston.

8. Sharpness Canal

The canal linking Gloucester and Sharpness docks is part of National Route 41. Along the route, swing-bridges and ornate bridge-keepers’ houses add to its unique identity. The canal connects Gloucester to Sharpness, allowing boats to bypass a treacherous stretch of the River Severn. From the canal, there are spectacular views of the Severn Estuary, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds.

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