Cycling, Leisure Cycling, Weekly Cycle

Weekly Cycle: Cycling in the Heart of the Cotswolds

8 Aug , 2016  

This week we’re bringing you foodies a lovely region known for it’s local produce and excellent modern British cuisine, also host of the sport of cheese rolling, the Cotswolds. This cycling trip will provide you with delicious local food, especially cheese, and gorgeous landscapes as you cycle along quiet back country roads.

Honey coloured stone houses in Broadway, you’ll see lots of these as you cycle through the Cotswolds.

In a Nutshell:

Where is it? Based in Moreton-on-Marsh and Broadway for the duration of the trip you will be doing loop cycles through the Cotswolds area visiting quaint villages and market towns.

Distance: 215 km (134 miles) over 5 days of cycling.

Grading: This trip is graded easy to moderate. The cycling is generally quite flat, but there are some gentle inclines and declines. The routes generally follow quiet country roads through rural countryside. towns and villages.

Cream tea

Cream tea, a delicious afternoon treat.

Why Cycle the Heart of the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds has earned itself a well-deserved name as a foodie destination.  The region is known its great variety of local cheeses (over 100), meats, fruits and vegetables, fresh honey, and more at their sources or any of the many farmers’ markets and food festivals held year round. High quality local favorites can be found on most menus in pubs, restaurants and cafes. The region also has a few Michelin restaurants as well.

Wash the specialties down with the spirit of the region Cotswolds Dry Gin. If you have time, and don’t mind a bit extra mileage (roughly 3km), maybe even take a detour to the Cotswolds Distillery as you cycle through the Brailes. It’s the first full-scale distillery in the region and they even do a Single Malt Whisky too! The region also has a number of craft breweries if beer, cider, or ale are more your speed.

Based in Moreton-on-Marsh for a few days you’ll have the chance to explore the little town and maybe even tour the Cotswolds Cheese Company. Be sure to try Single Gloucester cheese on your trip, its been awarded Protected Designation of Origin status.

Of course you don’t want to miss out on the traditional flavour of the Cotswolds so be sure to catch an afternoon cream tea in a village tearoom or country hotel. These sweet afternoon treats consist of Cornish clotted cream and seasonal preserves generously spread onto a plain scone. For some of the best places to stop for a cream tea check out Cotswolds Life’s recommendations here, you’ll be visiting quite a few of the towns mentioned.

Local market, courtesy of Elisabeth Pundt.

Local market in Broadway, courtesy of our client Elisabeth Pundt.

Planning and Preparation:

This trip is available to book to start on any day from April to October. The spring and autumn months are very nice to go for the colours of the foliage, and they tend to be the less busy months.

This tour is self guided so you cycle at your own pace and decided when and where to stop. If you’d like to take a look at this trip online or begin booking click here. Alternatively if you have any queries you can contact us at [email protected]

If you would a shorter version of this trip we offer a Short Break itinerary as well. Other trips in the UK that offer excellent food are our Classic Cornwall trip and the Isle of Skye tour.

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