Britain’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies mostly within Gloucestershire and offers a fantastic opportunity for cycling.
The rolling hills of the Cotswolds dip gently down to the Thames in the South east with a steep scarp slope along the north western edge, giving a great variety of terrain to explore, from easy to challenging. An extensive network of country lanes link the famous Cotswold villages and market towns leading away from the hustle and bustle. They give a tremendous choice of routes with an ever changing view. Miles of bridleways and byways offer plenty of scope for mountain bikers. Ancient green lanes mixed with farm tracks – all set amongst beautiful Cotswold countryside.
The Cotswold Water Park has a 12 mile circuit around the lakes, half off-road. With a little planning, the lanes across the Cotswolds offer plenty of scope for safe, gentle cycling and there are a number of publications that suggest suitable routes.
Cotswold Water Park
Information about cycling in the Water Park:
Cotswold Cycle Routes
Downloadable maps indicate a network of safe quiet country lanes, which interconnect not only with the market towns and surrounding villages, such as Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, but railway stations as well as Visitor Attractions. They give families and non-frequent cyclists, a clearer idea of how to get around the Cotswolds by bicycle.
There are 6 circular routes available , please use the related links below to view the maps.
Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1PX
Telephone: 01285 623 000