Gloucestershire Cycle Routes
Gloucestershire has some lovely countryside and pretty towns as well as serving as an access point for Wales.
One of the chief attractions in the county is the river Severn and the Gloucester to Chepstow route below gives great views of this famous river separating Wales and England.
There are also some lovely rides in and around the county town of Gloucester with the river and the Vale of Gloucester providing a fine backdrop.
Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Gloucestershire Cycle Map>>
There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here
For more information on cycle routes in Gloucestershire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here
|Bridgwater to Bristol||56 miles (90 km)||This is a long but largely flat ride through some beautiful countryside following National Cycle route 3 from Bridgwater to the busy city of Bristol View Full Details>>|
|Bristol and Bath Railway Path||16 miles (26 km)||This lovely cycle or walk takes you along a disused railway line with its series of charming stations. Starting in the historic city of Bristol you will pass through Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and then Warmley where the station platform contains a cafe - perfect for a stop for refreshments. View Full Details>>|
|Bristol to Chepstow||25 miles (40 km)||This lovely ride takes you from England to Wales via the Severn Bridge. View Full Details>>|
|Bristol to Gloucester||53 miles (85 km)||This ride starts on the River Avon in Bristol and takes you along the River Severn to Gloucester View Full Details>>|
|Bristol to Portishead||11 miles (17 km)||Travel along the River Avon and through the stunning Avon Gorge on this ride from Bristol to the Somerset coast. View Full Details>>|
|Bristol to Thornbury||25 miles (40 km)||This route starts by the River Avon in Bristol and follows the tow path for a few miles before heading north along National Cycle route 4 to Thornbury View Full Details>>|
|Bristol to Trowbridge||30 miles (48 km)||This lovely largely traffic free route takes you along National Cycle route 4 from Bristol to Bath and Bradford-on Avon before finishing in Trowbridge. View Full Details>>|
|Cirencester to Moreton-in-Marsh||30 miles (48 km)||This ride takes you along NCN route 48 through the beautiful View Full Details>>|
|Cirencester to Stroud||22 miles (35 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 48 and 45 through the beautiful Cotswolds region on this attractive route which takes you close to the source of the River Thames View Full Details>>|
|Claude Duval Bridleroute||63 miles (102 km)||This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>|
|Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway path||3 miles (5 km)||This short cycling and walking path follows the disused Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway from Coleford to Parkend. You will head into the peaceful Forest of Dean passing Milkwall station and the disused Darkhill Ironworks on the way. The route links with National Cycle route 42 with more details on the Forest of Dean Family Route. View Full Details>>|
|Cotswold Water Park||10 miles (16.5 km)||This fabulous attraction has numerous waterside cycling and walking paths taking you around the park's 150 lakes. There are 40 square miles to explore within the water park but with the Thames Path National Trail and National Cycle Network route 45 running through the park there is great scope for continuing your exercise along these trails (bike hire is available in the park). There is a wide variety of wildlife to see too - look out for otters, water voles and beavers. View Full Details>>|
|Gloucester and Sharpness Canal||16 miles (26 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking along the towpath of this lovely canal in Gloucestershire. The whole of the route is suitable for walkers while cyclists can enjoy several sections as well. National Route 41 of the National Cycle Network runs along the canal from Gloucester Docks to the outskirts of the city. There's also another section from Frampton on Severn to Shepherd's Patch. View Full Details>>|
|Gloucester to Tewkesbury||17 miles (28 km)||This route follows National Cycle route 45 through the Vale of Gloucester View Full Details>>|
|Haresfield Beacon||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy woodland trails and wonderful views over the Severn Vale and the Cotswolds on this circular walk near Stroud. There are miles of walking and cycling trails on which to explore the large estate. On the way you will pass wildflower meadows, an Iron Age hill fort and the Bronze Age Long Barrow of Haresfield Beacon. View Full Details>>|
|Leigh Woods||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this forest and nature reserve in Bristol. The reserve is located in the beautiful Avon Gorge and is a popular retreat from the city. You can enjoy oak, small leaf lime and ash forest with carpets of bluebells in the springtime. Along the way you can enjoy sculpture trails, views of the River Avon and the Clifton Suspension Bridge and a variety of wildlife. Look out for bullfinch, marsh tit, song thrush and Peregrine falcon as you make your way through the woods. The area is managed by the National Trust so the trails are well maintained. View Full Details>>|
|National Byway - Ledbury Loop||21 miles (33 km)||The National Byway is a 3,200-mile (5,150km) sign-posted leisure cycling route around Britain. This section explores the countryside around the market town of Ledbury on the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire border. The loop follows a series of nice country lanes, visiting several pretty villages with some great views across the Malvern Hills and the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>|
|Pittville Park||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short waterside walk or cycle around this pretty park in Cheltenham View Full Details>>|
|Sabrina Way||203 miles (327 km)||This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised. View Full Details>>|
|Stroud to Gloucester||20 miles (32 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 45 and 41 from Stroud to Gloucester on this fairly easy route. Starting near the train station in Stroud the route soon joins National Cycle route 45 for an off road stretch to Stonehouse. View Full Details>>|
|Stroud Valleys Trail||6 miles (9 km)||This route runs from Stonehouse to Nailsworth following a disused railway line. The route is traffic free with splendid views of the Cotswolds and makes for a pleasant afternoon's cycling or walking particularly for families. Click here for more information on this route. View Full Details>>|
|Swindon to Cirencester||19 miles (30 km)||This route follows National Cycle route 45 from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire taking you through a lovely part of the Cotswolds. The route starts in Swindon Old Town and follows an off road cycle path into the countryside. A dismantled railway line takes you to Cricklade before more off road paths take you through Cotswold water park - the UK's largest water park with 133 numbered lakes. View Full Details>>|
|Symonds Yat Rock||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy wonderful views over the Wye Valley from this well know viewpoint on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire border. From the elevated position you have a great view of the beautiful wooded gorge below. It's also a popular spot for birdwatching with peregrine falcons, buzzards, goshawks and hobbies regularly seen. The area is great for walking and cycling with miles of waymarked woodland trails and riverside paths to try. This circular walk starts from the car park and follows good footpaths to the viewpoint. You then continue along the river through the woodland, passing Huntsham Hill on the way. A section along the Perigrine Path then takes you along the River Wye before heading through Riddings Wood to the car park. View Full Details>>|
|Thornbury to Gloucester||30 miles (49 km)||This route follows National Cycle route 41 through the Gloucestshire countryside and includes spells along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and the River Severn View Full Details>>|