The Cotswold Line

Chipping Campden - Jason BallardRoute Details

  • From - To: Honeybourne to Hanborough
  • Distance: 43 miles
  • Terrain: Quiet country roads
  • Access: Train stations at Honeybourne, Moreton-in-Marsh and Hanborough
  • National Cycle Network: National Routes 442 and 48

Route Description

This route can be broken down into two shorter sections

Route Sections

1. Honeybourne to Moreton-in-Marsh

This section is a bit hilly but well worth it as it takes you past some stunning Cotswold sites. 

The route leaves Honeybourne on Stratford Road, following the same alignment as Route 41. The two diverge at the edge of the village and Route 41 continues to Long Marston.  The route continues onto Mickleton on quiet roads, and the mile-long climb out of Mickleton is the steepest on the route. 

The entrance to Chipping Campden follows the B4081 for around a mile, with a 40mph limit almost immediately after joining the road, dropping to 30mph in the village. 

Chipping Campden is stunning and the route follows the classic High Street, travelling past the Market Hall. The route carries onto Broad Campden, a delightful little village and then on to Draycott and Aston Magna – gently undulating, but much less hilly than other nearby roads.

Excellent views across the valley lead to the picturesque estate village of Batsford. There is then a steady descent to Moreton-in-Marsh.

2. Moreton-in-Marsh to Hanborough

From Moreton-in-Marsh to route travels to the pretty village of Kingham and onto Charlbury. 

Leaving Charlbury, the route enters the Cornbury Park driveway and then joins a footpath through the park. Permissive cycle access has been negotiated by the Charlbury Cycling Group. (There is no cycle access in winter months, when the B-road should be used with care.) 

The route splits into westbound and eastbound braids. Eastbound, it continues uphill on the B-road to Finstock, then follows an undulating course. Westbound, it uses a very quiet and 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. The route then joins the A4095 shared-use cycle path through Hanborough village, to the station.

Things to See and Do

The Cotswolds Conservation Board supported the development of the Cotswold Line.

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The Cotswold Line will eventually connect Worcester and Oxford, but this shorter section travels between Honeybourne and Hanborough and showcases the beautiful Cotswold scenery at its best.

43 miles