Cycling

Cycling

Map of cycle routes

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, providing 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. There is 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 are all set in the heart of beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Cycle maps

Downloadable maps show a network of safe and quiet country lanes. The routes interconnect with market towns and surrounding villages - such as Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold - as well as railway stations and visitor attractions. Using the maps, families and non-frequent cyclists can gain a clearer idea of how to get around the Cotswolds by bicycle.

Route 1 - Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh (Please note - Cycle hire is no longer available in Moreton)

Route 2 - Winchcombe, Guiting Power, Turkdean, Hazleton and Brockhampton

Route 3 - Lower Swell, Notgrove, Turkdean, Sherborne, Windrush and Great Rissington

Route 4 - Cirencester, Fairford and Northleach

Route 5 - Cirencester to Kemble (Please note - Pedal power cycle hire is no longer available)

Route 6 - Tetbury to Malmesbury  (Please note - Thames & Cotswold cycle hire is no longer available)

(NOTE:  cyclists using the alternative shortcut for Tetbury - as shown on the map - should walk with their bikes on the small section that is marked as a footpath only.)

Cycle rack locations

  • Brewery car park, Cirencester, GL7 1HN
  • Forum car park, Cirencester, GL7 1LJ
  • West Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NH
  • Kingshill Sports Complex, Cirencester, GL7 1HS

More details on bicycle hire, cycling and walking holidays in the Cotswolds can be found on our downloadable fact sheet above. We do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions and inclusion in this list does not imply a Council recommendation.

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX