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Guidebook of 21 half and full-day cycle routes, and one 4-day 200km tour of the Cotswolds. All the routes described are suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes, and most routes have an on-road alternative. The Cotswolds boasts cycle-friendly lanes, rolling countryside, canal paths and bridleways perfect for exploration by bike.
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The Cotswolds is home to pretty honey-hued stone villages set in a landscape of rolling countryside. The dramatic 100-mile limestone escarpment offers breathtaking views, while the network of quiet lanes, cycle-friendly canal paths, tracks and bridleways is perfect for exploration on a bicycle.
All the routes described here are suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes and graded from easy through to challenging, with information on surface, distance and ascent as well as those all-important en route cafés and pubs. Where the main cycle route described goes off-road, and on-road alternative is described for almost every ride. Some exciting off-road sections are included for those with mountain biking skills.
Comprehensive lists of recommended gear and local cycle shops are included, as well as advice on repair, first aid and pre-ride checks.
This is your ideal guide to exploring the lanes and tracks of the Cotswolds AONB, whatever your level or skill or style of bike.
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|Wildlife, plants and flowers|
|Art, culture and local festivities|
|Food and drink|
|When to go|
|What to wear|
|What to take|
|Waymarking and access|
|How hard are the routes?|
|Using this guide|
|Route 1 Shipston-on-Stour Loop via Brailes Hill|
|Route 2 Shipston-on-Stour Loop via Halford|
|Route 3 Shipton-under-Wychwood Loop via Wychwood|
|Route 4 Bourton-on-the-Water Loop via the Slaughters|
|Route 5 Alderton via Broadway|
|Route 6 Bradford-on-Avon via Bath Two Tunnels|
|Route 7 Bourton-on-the-Water Loop via Great Barrington|
|Route 8 Kemble via Cotswold Water Park|
|Route 9 Kingham Loop via Bruern Abbey|
|Route 10 Batheaston Sting|
|Route 11 Stratford Greenway Loop via Mickleton|
|Route 12 Cirencester Loop via Ampney Crucis|
|Route 13 Filkins Loop via Bibury|
|Route 14 Fairford Loop via Bibury|
|Route 15 Frampton Cotterell Loop via Wickwar|
|Route 16 Stonehouse Loop via Slimbridge|
|Route 17 Stow Loop via Blockley|
|Route 18 Burford Loop via Northleach|
|Route 19 Stroud Loop via Chavenage House|
|Route 20 Cheltenham Loop via Cleeve Hill|
|Route 21 Malmesbury Loop via Tetbury|
|Route 22 Around the Cotswolds|
|Day 1 Stroud to Winchcombe|
|Day 2 Winchcombe to Stow-on-the-Wold|
|Day 3 Stow-on-the-Wold to Cirencester|
|Day 4 Cirencester to Stroud|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Cycle hire and cycle shops|
|Appendix C Cycles and trains|
|Appendix D First aid for bike and rider|
|Appendix E Other useful information|