The Cotswolds is a perfect destination for those travellers looking for a pleasant introduction into a cycling holiday. The British countryside here is filled with gentle hills and flat paths that take you through postcard-perfect English villages.
Indeed, the Cotswolds is home to picturesque stone villages, storybook valleys, open wolds, and ancient Roman roads. Sights along the way include ‘wool’ churches, pretty gardens, a Roman villa and elegant architecture that will fill you with awe. Daily luggage transfers, detailed maps & route notes, and handpicked accommodation, all contribute to a relaxed experience of cycling in the Cotswolds.
Make your next bike trip to England's Cotswolds and you will have a delight time full of grandiose memories.
Check out the 8-day version of the Cotswolds by Bike trip as well.
Arrival into Cheltenham.
Accommodation: The Bradley, your guesthouse dates back to 1840, due to the small amount of work done to the house over the 100 years, it remains one the most important complete historical regency houses in Cheltenham, and it boasts a wonderful collection of antiques.
You can choose from two cycling routes today.
Ride 1: Cycle via Elkstone, the Duntisbournes & Daglingworth with a distance of 32 km/19.8 miles or 25.7 km/16 miles.
This lovely ride is uphill at the beginning but from Elkstone goes through easier, undulating countryside. The ride down the Duntisbourne valley is a treat. The churches at Elkstone, Duntisbourne Rouse & Daglingworth are particularly worth visiting. There are two pub stops in the middle of the ride that you can choose from; you can either visit The Green Dragon at Cockleford or the Highwayman on the A417.
Ride 2: Takes you via Cowley, Sheepscombe, Painswick & Slad on a distance of 49 km/30.4 miles or 44 km/27.3 miles.
This is an interesting, varied and hilly ride with attractive countryside and scenery and some famous towns and villages. You visit Painswick, which is an elegant wool town and Slad, the home of Laurie Lee, the famous Cotswold author. Stroud the industrial centre of the valleys and Bisley, another beautiful wool town. Although there are several steep hills to ascent with your bike, the destinations are definitely worth the effort.
Depending on the mood you are in, today choose from two cycling routes.
Ride 1: Takes you to cycle via South Cerney & Meysey Hampton on a distance of 35.7 km/22.2 miles or 28.15 km/17.5 miles.
This easy bike ride circles through the Cotswolds' South Cerney & the Water Park. It passes through several quiet villages & the flat south Cotswolds countryside. You will finish in Barnsley where we recommend to visit the church and Barnsley House Garden.
Ride 2: Cycle via Tetbury, Cherington, Ashton Keynes & Down Ampney on a distance of 53.2 km/33.1 miles.
This easy ride visits Tetbury, an attractive Wool town, then goes east to Ashton Keynes and the Cotswold Water Park. Enjoy the pleasure of cycling through several quiet villages south east of Cirencester before going north back into the Cotswolds to the beautiful stone village of Barnsley.
Ride 1: Opt for a short ride to Cirencester, distance = 23.65 km/14.7 miles.
This easy bike ride goes to Cirencester via Welsh Way & Whiteway, and takes you to return via Preston & Ampney. Along the way, there is lots to see and do and Cirencester, founded by the Romans in AD 49, is home to a twice weekly street market, magnificent 'wool church' and the excellent Corinium Museum on Roman history.
Ride 2: Cycle to Fairford via the Coln Valley & the Eastleaches with a distance of 50 km/30.6 or 41.85 km/26 miles.
This beautiful ride goes down the Coln Valley, which has several typical, pretty, Cotswold villages. The Woollen Mill at Filkins is interesting and you can buy some real Cotswold souvenirs. Fairford is a good place for tea, note the stained glass windows which are a must-see.
Accommodation: the Catherine Wheel offers a warm welcome in its family-friendly 15th century Cotswold stone building with a lounge bar, restaurant and garden.
Ride 1: Cycle to Winchcombe via Chedworth Roman Villa, Northleach & Notgrove with a distance of 43 km/26 miles or 34 km/19 miles.
This is an enjoyable bike ride over undulating countryside. The Roman Villa is very interesting and Northleach is an attractive ’wool’ town with a lovely church.
Ride 2: Cycle to Winchcombe via the Windrush Valley, Burford, Bourton on the Water, the Slaughters and Guiting Power, the distance is 53 km/33 miles or 43.45 km/27 miles.
This is an interesting, enjoyable and fairly easy cycling route. It goes through many picturesque Cotswold villages. We believe that Windrush and the Slaughters are particularly delightful. Guiting Power is a a small and isolated typical Cotswold village that has allowed time to pass it by whilst Burford is an attractive town and Bourton a lively tourist centre.
Accommodation: A night at the beautiful Wesley House a tastefully restored 16th century Merchants House in the centre of this historic Cotswolds town.
Ride 1: Cycle in the Cotswolds via Brockhampton on a distance of 20.6 km/12 miles.
This bike ride covers some beautiful Cotswolds countryside with good views from the hills. It is quite hilly and it gives you a good knowledge of the Cotswold scarp!
Ride 2: Takes you to cycle to Cheltenham via Northleach, Chedworth Roman Villa, Withington & Seven Springs, distance = 41 km/25.5 miles.
This bike ride goes through beautiful countryside, some attractive villages, and to Northleach - an important ’wool’ town - with an interesting ’wool’ church. The Roman Villa is fascinating and makes for a great break from your cycling.
Accommodation: The Portland, your guesthouse, dates back to 1836 and is a grade 2 listed building. It retains many of it's Georgian features complemented by individually styled character rooms.
Trip concludes in Cheltenham after breakfast.
|Single room, incl. breakfast||1,075.20|
|Double room, incl. breakfast||645.00|
|Transfer (per person)||per piece||14.50|
There is a variety of accommodation along this cycle route in the Cotswolds ranging from bed and breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels. They are run by cycling-friendly hosts offering en-suite or private facility rooms with a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead.
Further facilities such as washing and drying facilities and packed lunches are available in some accommodations, you will be advised on your listing of what is available.
If you decide not bring your own, you can rent a bicycle through us. You can choose from a range of bicycles suitable for your route. As well as providing you with the different options available, our team can organise the rental for you. Just contact us for details.
Once all confirmed, you will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel or at an alternative meeting point. When your bike is handed over to you, you'll also be provided with items such as the keys, chain lock, helmet and spare inner tube.
Minimum 1 person
The cycling is mainly along quiet country roads
6 nights included
Hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs
6 breakfasts included
Late Mar-mid Oct
Information pack including route notes & maps
Bicycle hire not included; bike hire from £120. E-bikes are also available from £220.
One piece of luggage per person transferred between your accommodation daily, not exceeding 20kg.
Around 2hrs to Cheltenham from London via Bristol or Swindon, or take the train from Birmingham
Closest airports: Birmingham, London Heathrow
You can get to Cheltenham via train from London and Birmingham
Closest port: Bristol & London (Harwich, Dover, or Poole within easy reach)