Published: 26th JUNE 2019

Traffic-free routes in the Cotswolds

Quaint market towns and rolling countryside make cycling and walking in the Cotswolds a real delight. The National Cycle Network takes you to some of the highlights including the River Frome and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Man and woman cycling on greenway with bridge in the background

Cyclists on the Collier's Way

Stroud Valleys Trail

Distance: 5 miles / 8.1 kilometres

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.

The Colliers Way

Distance: 18.5 miles / 30 kilometres

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.

Stratford Greenway

Distance: 5.3 miles / 8.5 kilometres

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.

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