National Cycle Network
All of these routes can be seen on the 1: 50000 OS map available on our interactive map. Just click through to the third layer. Look for the green dotted line:
Many of these routes are ‘on road’ and usual safety precautions should be taken when cycling.
There are plans for a new cycle route via Cheltenham, Gloucester, and Warwick. See the Sustrans website for further information
Click on the blue county headings below to get through to the relevant pages on the Sustrans website.
National Route 45 of the National Cycle Network runs through the AONB between Stonehouse, Stroud, Nailsworth, Cirencester and Swindon.
National Route 48 of the National Cycle Network,currently runs between Kemble and Farmington in the north Cotswolds but an extension leading further north is yet to be put in place. You can join up with route 47 at Farmington and head east to the Oxfordshire part of the AONB.
National Route 4 runs through the most southerly part of the AONB from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon.
National Route 24 is open between Dundas Aqueduct on the Kennet & Avon Canal and Frome and known as The Colliers Way. Beyond Frome the route is under development and is planned to continue to Warminster and Southampton.
The Avon Cycleway (signed as Regional Route 10) is an 85 mile circular route around Bristol taking in Thornbury, Yate, Saltford, Chew Magna and Clevedon. A map is available for this route to order or download from Bristol City Council. A very short stretch follows the boundary of the AONB between Horton and Inglestone Common. Click here to order a map of the Avon Cycleway.
National Route 5 through Warwickshire is open between Banbury and Redditch via Long Marston and Stratford-upon-Avon. It forms part of the West Midlands Cycle Route (Oxford to Derby). A short stretch runs through the north of the AONB.
Witney to the Cotswolds
Regional Cycle Route 47 of the National Cycle Network goes westwards from Witney using quiet country lanes along the Windrush Valley through to the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. From Farmington in Gloucestershire the route joins National Route 48 and heads towards Cirencester.