Route 48

Route Details

  • Distance: 69 miles
  • Type of surface: Mostly on road, traffic free in Watermead Park, Leicestershire

Route Description

Route 48 is currently open and signed for sections 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 is also open from Birstall north of Leicester, taking you past Syston and Thrussington.  The route 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.
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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. 

National Route 48 of the National Cycle Network will run from Lincoln to Exeter with optional extensions over Dartmoor to Plymouth Hoe and northwards to Spurn Point.