Cycle routes

Off-Road Cycling Routes

We have devised a series of new off-road cycle rides exploring some of the best scenery and countryside of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  They are available to download below.
 
You will need a bike that is sturdy enough to handle off road conditions, a road bike would be unlikely to survive. Please wear a helmet and you may want to consider sunglasses to protect your eyes from insects in the summer. Be aware of changing conditions. Off road riding is much easier in frozen or dry conditions than when there is wet mud, but not necessarily more fun! Riding a bicycle is permitted on public roads (not motorways!), byways, restricted byways and bridleways but not footpaths. Rights of access aside, off road cyclists are a relatively recent arrival in the countryside, please be considerate of other users. As the access rights are the same these rides also lend themselves to giving horse riders some great rides.

These rides have been developed by studying the Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps to identify potential routes which are then ridden to test and describe. If anyone wants to develop an off road ride to put up on this website you would be very welcome, please contact Simon Smith by email or on 01451 862031.

Route 1: Chedworth
Route 2: Brailes Hill and Ascott
Route 3: Aldsworth and Bibury
Route 4: Northleach and Hazleton
Route 5: Snowshill and beyond
Route 6: Hawkesbury Westonbirt
 

Cycle routes around Kemble Station, near Cirencester

The following downloadable routes describe a range of cycle rides which are easily accessible from Kemble rail station, near Cirencester, and take in many interesting features and places of interest in the Cotswolds:
 
An easy ride through quiet villages into the Cotswold Water park, passing country pubs, parks and close to the source of the magnificent River Thames.
 
This easy 16-mile ride takes you to one of the wonders of the canal-building age - the Sapperton Tunnel on the Thames & Severn Canal.
 
Medium or hard ride through Cotswold villages, past churches and pubs, visiting the old market town of Tetbury. An additional loop visits the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum.

Cycle routes around Kingham Station, West Oxfordshire 

The following downloadable routes describe a range of cycle rides which are easily accessible from Kingham rail station, West Oxfordshire, and take in many interesting features and places of the Cotswolds:
 
Route 1: Sarsden Circuit
Route 2: From Bruern to BBOWT
Route 3: Charlbury
Route 4: Moreton-in-Marsh
Route 5: Ancient Stones & Old Manors
Route 6: Burford & The Windrush Valley
Route 7: Bourton, Bulls & Beer (click here to download the GPX file)
Route 8: Wildlife, Hillforts & Halls

Other routes in around the Cotswolds

Parts of the National Cycle Network pass through the Cotswolds AONB. 

Cotswold and Feldon Cycle Route – a 25 mile route that runs from Shipston-on-Stour to Brailes in South Warwickshire.

Bristol and Bath Railway path – a cycling route that links the cities of Bristol and Bath and runs through the AONB near Swineford.
 
Short stretches of the Avon Cycleway and the Kennet and Avon Canal Cycle Route pass through the southern part of the AONB.

The Colliers Way incorporating National Cycle Network routes 24 runs through the most southerly part of the AONB from the Dundas Aqueduct to Wellow. National Cycle Network route 4 runs from the Dundas Aqueduct to Bradford-on-Avon.
 

Maps and Guides

Cycling maps are available for South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset and can be downloaded free of charge from the Lifecycle Resource Centre.  

More route guides are available:

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council has produced a series of five circular cycling routes in Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-In-Marsh, Kingham, Bibury and Kemble. Click here further information.