Best Cotswolds Cycle Routes
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Take a tour of the classic English countryside aboard a top of the range e-bike. Traversing the Cotswolds from north to south, this route blends the historical charm of the region with some of its finest contemporary touches.
Starting in the north, at Moreton-in-Marsh, there is an early opportunity to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, before the route traverses the picture-perfect countryside to the south. On the way, stop in at the beautiful towns and villages, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Upper & Lower Slaughter, Tetbury, Cirencester and Bibury amongst many others. Roll into the Roman spa town of Bath on the final day to spend the last night in one of England’s finest cities.
Day 1 | Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh
Check in to your first hotel and explore this gorgeous town on foot. Get a good nights sleep, ready to get in the saddle on day 2.
Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Stratford-upon-Avon | Distance: 43 miles (70km)
We’ll pay you a visit after breakfast to hand over your top of the range e-bikes and talk through your routes before you set off on the first ride. This one takes you north to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. On the way you’ll pass through your first typical Cotswold’s villages – Chipping Campden being one of our favourites – and some stunning green countryside. Be sure to check out the Shakespeare museum in Stratford before setting off back to your hotel.
Day 3 | Cycle Moreton-in-Marsh to Painswick | Distance: 38 miles (62km)
After a good sleep and a big breakfast, pack up and leave your bags at reception – we’ll swing by to move them to your next hotel so you can travel light. Hop back onto your e-bike and head into the heart of the Cotswolds, with the village of Painswick your destination for the day and so much to see on the way. Today sees you cycle through some of the regions (and the countries) most famous villages, including Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water. These stunning villages are all great spots for a cream tea in the sun to keep you fuelled up. After passing through Northleach, you head west to Painswick where a lovely boutique hotel is waiting to welcome you.
Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Stroud | Distance: 22 miles (36km)
After two days of cycling, you may wish to take a day off today for a relaxing stroll around Painswick and its surroundings. For those who want to ride, we have a lovely little route to the trendy town of Stroud on offer. The route starts with a nice long descent to the banks of the River Severn before making a loop back to the hotel via Stroud. Be sure to stop off here and enjoy its independent shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. There’s a bit of a hill at the end of the day, so keep a little battery in reserve and fly up it in turbo mode!
Day 5 | Cycle Painswick to Tetbury | Distance: 30 miles (53km)
It’s time to move on again, this time to the market town of Tetbury, where a luxurious spa hotel awaits. The first part of the ride is rural, passing through a handful of typical little villages before meeting the River Churn and entering the Roman town of Cirencester – the perfect spot for a lunch break in a trendy tea house or gastropub. We love the Corinium museum here and recommend a visit to learn about the area's Roman roots. Continuing, the next highlight is the market town of Tetbury, an old wool town known as an architectural gem. Soak up the buzz here before the last couple of miles cycling to your spa hotel in the nearby countryside.
Day 6 | Optional Round Trip: Tetbury and the National Arboretum | Distance 22mi/35km
The spa at the hotel will be a very tempting proposition after a few days in the saddle, but there’s a good route to follow if you are after another round trip. It starts by heading back into Tetbury, giving you another chance to explore if you didn’t get your fill the day before. From here you turn south and head towards the National Arboretum, which is worth a short diversion from our route for a visit, before following the beautifully peaceful lanes towards Wotton-Under-Edge, where you’ll find a pretty high street with plenty of places to refuel, relax and get acquainted with the pace of life in the Cotswolds. Yet more quiet lanes take you back to the hotel in time for another night of ultimate relaxation.
Day 7 | Cycle Tetbury to Bath | Distance: 38 miles (61km)
You’ll be pleased to know that your last day of cycling is mostly downhill and will be easy going aboard your e-bike. Today your destination is Bath, home to a bustling city center full of Georgian sandstone houses and home to the world-famous Roman baths. The route takes you past the Westonbirt Arboretum, Castle Combe motor racing circuit and the wonderfully named village of Tiddleywink on the way, each worth a visit. But the big draw today is Bath itself and we suggest setting off early to try and get there with plenty of time to explore.
Day 8 | Departure
We say goodbye after breakfast. Trip extensions are available on request, with an extra night in Bath a very popular option.
A beautiful 4-star hotel in the center of the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. The rooms are very stylishly presented and the hotel has a fine restaurant on site to help you keep well-fuelled for your cycling days.
Nestled in the village of Painswick this picture-perfect Palladian house is a magnificent hotel to rest your weary head after a day in the saddle. With roaring fires, welcoming sofas and incredible hospitality, The Painswick is a must-visit for those holidaying in the Cotswolds.
A gorgeous hotel built around an excellent spa, that would be well worth a visit in its own right. The fact that it has been coupled with a range of beautifully presented rooms and a choice of fine dining and gastro pub restaurants turns this into one of the most desirable accommodations in the Cotswolds. We just know that you will leave this place feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after your stay.
This trendy, stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Bath city center, a stones throw from the Roman baths, is not only a welcome site at the end of your ride, but the perfect base for exploring this wonderful city.
|Nights||Board Basis||Adult Price|
|4||Bed & Breakfast||From £1,115pp|
|7||Bed & Breakfast||From £1,625pp|
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