Cycling in the Cotswolds


Cyclists will love the Cotswolds, with its lovely views, winding lanes, drystone walls and abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of superb country pubs and tearooms, perfect for recharging your batteries and there are a wide range of cycle routes to suit all ages and abilities.



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 tow path 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 & Guides

The sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, has an online shop which offers a number of maps and guides for cycling around the Cotswolds.  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:
Cotswold Cycling Routes Cotswold District Council, 01285 623000
Picturesque Bike Rides - Castle Combe, Sustrans/CTC, 0845 113 0065
Picturesque Bike Rides - Wotton-Under-Edge, Sustrans/CTC, 0845 113 0065

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.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015