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Best Cotswolds Cycle Routes

Best Cotswolds Cycle Routes

The best Cotswolds cycle routes, linking idyllic villages with riverside cycling and peaceful country lanes.

Are you looking to find out more about the best Cotswolds cycle routes? The Cotswolds were recognised as an Area of Natural Beauty back in 1966, in recognition of their rich and diverse landscape, which is characterised by attractive small villages built from honey-coloured limestone. Perfect for cyclists who enjoy a varied route, the area is defined by its rippling terrain – the word ‘Wolds’ meaning ‘hills’.

We firmly believe the best way to explore this region is by bicycle. We love the quiet country lanes and scenic cycling routes that link the idyllic villages. Plus, the local pubs that serve up welcome gourmet plates are a delight to the senses. With e-bikes included on our tours, you can glide through this iconic landscape with ease and enjoy the views over this spectacular corner of the country, ideal for a cycling holiday in England. Here we share our pick of the best Cotswolds cycle routes.

Best Cotswolds Cycle Routes

The Swan Hotel

Many of the best Cotswolds cycle routes can be experienced by setting off from the gorgeous Swan Hotel, Gloucestershire. If you’re looking for fabulous views, riverside cycling and classic Cotswold villages, this area has it all.

Right on your doorstep, the banks of the River Coln offer some of the most beautiful cycle routes twisting through a number of charming villages including Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns where you’ll find authentic Cotswolds charm in abundance. The route then takes you south to the Roman market town of Cirencester, home to a host of interesting historical sites and a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops for you to enjoy whilst taking a break. The last leg of the ride takes you back to The Swan.

This is the sort of route we love to take our time on, make the most of riverside pubs and picturesque picnic spots along the way. Back at The Swan, treat yourself to a glass of wine at the cosy bar – well deserved after a long day in the saddle!

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This short break holiday combines luxurious accommodation and a range of fantastic dining options with the empowerment provided by our top-quality e-bikes to allow you to explore in the utmost comfort.

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Barnsley House

Cotswolds in Luxury

Our Cotswolds in Luxury tour is designed to pair the best Cotswolds cycle routes with a dose of pampering. Expect scenic routes through the hills made easy with an e-bike, followed by luxurious spa hotels; comfort is all but guaranteed.

Our favourite ride on this cycling tour starts by heading north from Barnsley to Burford, on the banks of the River Windrush. You will follow the river to begin with, hopping from village to village, before approaching Bourton-on-the-Water – fondly known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’ – and then Lower Slaughter. These two villages are arguably the two finest examples of what makes the Cotswolds just so special and we highly recommend locking up your bikes for a while to explore and enjoy them. When it’s time to head back, you’ll follow a route through yet more scenic villages and countryside all the way to the welcoming sight of The Swan Hotel.

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The Cotswolds are a place like no other. With the use of a top of the range e-bike you can explore its quaint villages, meandering rivers and rolling hills.

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The Cotswolds in Comfort

The Grand Tour of the Cotswolds

Traversing the Cotswolds from north to south over a week, this route blends the historical charm of the Cotswolds with some of its finest contemporary touches. Starting in the north at Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll make your way south to your final destination of Bath, stopping to explore new areas each day. This is one of the best Cotswolds cycle routes if you’re looking to see as much of the region as possible.

We love the route from Tetbury to Bath at the end of this tour. Starting in Tetbury, you’ll pedal south, passing by Westonbirt National Arboretum. We highly recommend stopping off here to explore. The Arboretum is home to over 2,500 species of tree from all over the world in a stunningly beautiful setting. Continuing on, the next stop is Castle Combe motor racing circuit followed by the wonderfully named village of Tiddleywink on the way, each worth a visit. Finally, you’ll arrive in Bath. A night in this bustling city is a fantastic way to end the trip. Why not book to visit the world-famous Roman baths for a soak before heading out for dinner.

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Traverse the Cotswolds from north to south, this route blends the historical charm of the region with some of its finest contemporary touches.

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The Grand Tour of the Cotswolds

For more recommendations on the best Cotswolds cycle routes, give us a call on 020 7471 7760.

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