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Bicycling around the Cotswolds

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Bicycling around the Cotswolds

We will be staying in Moreton-in-Marsh and want to visit other villages. Are there plenty of roads and/or bicycle paths that are safe, traffic-wise? Thank you.

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1. Re: Bicycling around the Cotswolds

I have cycled all over England and in many other parts of the world, including California. The Cotswolds is one of my favourite places to cycle but you need to stay off main roads, such as the A44 or A429, which are very busy with fast traffic. The minor roads are delightful and almost always quiet, even on summer weekends. You need to buy the Cotswolds Ordnance Survey map as soon as you arrive and plan journeys carefully, mainly on unclassified roads, coloured yellow on the map.

You need to be aware that although the Cotswold hills are not high, the roads go up and down, sometimes quite steeply. The effort of cycling 20 miles in the Cotswolds is equivalent to doing about 50 somewhere flat. The annual Tour of the Cotswolds race is considered one of the hardest in the UK.

If you get good weather you will have a wonderful time!

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