The Cotswolds isn’t a county, but a rural area in Southern England covering parts of six counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
It’s considered one of the most beautiful parts of England, and is therefore deserving of attention on a self-guided cycling tour, the likes of which are very easy to arrange.
The Cotswolds – Highlights
With no shortage of places of interest to visit, not to mention a seemingly endless array of excellent cycling paths and trails – many of which comprise part of the National Cycling Network (NCN) – the Cotswolds has plenty to offer cyclists on their cycling holidays of Southern England.
Some of the many highlights include:
A striking little village with an arty vibe to it, plenty of good pubs, and the impressive Broadway Tower which is best visited at sunrise or sunset.
A popular tourist destination, this charming village offers some excellent art galleries along with the recently established Cotswold Cricket Museum.
- The Slaughters
A walking path that makes its through the countryside between the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, you may want to lock your bike up and take a wander.
Stunning architecture isn’t the only drawcard to this impressive town, as there’s also a museum of note and there’s plenty of great dining options. Stay a day if you can.
With its proud Saxon origins, this prominent town is located in walking country and is crossed by no less than five walking trails, all of which are easily traversable by bike.
For anyone who wants to see rural England with its rolling hills, striking historical villages, and of course visit its famed country pubs, the Cotswolds is a great choice. What’s more, with a wealth of information available on cycling routes and places of interest, planning a cycling holiday to this beautiful part of England is a doddle.
Of the many things the Cotswolds are famed for, their connection to the immortal bard, Shakespeare, is one of the most enduring. Stratford–Upon-Avon is the birthplace of the world’s most famous playwright, and this stunning town is definitely worth a visit.
From Stratford–Upon-Avon, the town of Broadway is around a 20 mile cycle, not a great distance by any means, but with the sights you’ll see along the way you won’t regret having planned such a comfortable distance to travel in a day.
One of these places of interest, the charming market town of Chipping Campden, is a must-see. It offers some excellent accommodation options, but then again so too does the lovely village of Broadway, often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’.
From Broadway, consider continuing on to Burford, which lies about 23 – 25 miles away depending on the route you take, and don’t miss Bourton-on-the-Water, aptly known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’.
The Cotswolds, with its excellent cycling routes, many places of interest, and fantastic countryside, is the perfect destination for a cycling holiday of Southern England.