Cheltenham to Cotswolds Loop

Cheltenham Cotswold Loop

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A 19 mile cycle route which is probably suited to the more experienced cyclist which takes
you from the busy spa town of Cheltenham out along country lanes and ‘B’ roads on a loop circuit into the famous Cotswolds. On this ride you will encounter some severe hills as you cycle first up Cleeve Hill and then around it passing through some remote villages on route back to Cheltenham. Cleeve Hill is the highest point of The Cotswolds at 1083 ft above sea level. There are plenty of suitable establishments for refreshments in and around Cheltenham but you should go prepared as part of the cycle route takes you through some remote lanes and villages. Cycle hire is available in Cheltenham from Compass Holidays, Cheltenham Spa, Railway Station, Cheltenham.

Cheltenham is a busy spa town and is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds . Cheltenham is probably best known as the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, the main event of the Cheltenham Festival held every March. The town hosts several festivals of culture. There is an abundance of Regency style buildings in and around the town centre.

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the “Heart of England”, an area 25 miles across and 90 miles long. The area has been designated as the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The highest point in the Cotswolds range is Cleeve Hill at 1,083 ft, and situated just outside of Cheltenham

Starting on Hales Road B4075 which is situated slightly east of the town centre off the

A435. Cycle along Hales Road away from the A435 and after a few hundred yards Hales Road runs on to Priors Road. Cycle along Priors Road for about 400 yards then TURN RIGHT on to Bouncer’s Lane and cycle for about a quarter of a mile to the end of Bouncer’s Lane.

At the end of the lane TURN RIGHT along Deep Street and follow the road round to the right as it changes its name to High Street and takes you the short distance to the centre of Prestbury. At the centre of Prestbury TURN LEFT along Southam Road B4632. Continue along the B4632 and after about half a mile you pass through Southam Village and start to cycle up Cleeve Hill for about a mile passing Cleeve Cloud Golf Club on your right and then at the top the hill you cycle for about a further three quarters of a mile until you come to the Winchcombe Village. As you enter the village the road is named Cheltenham Road and you pass a small road on your right called Vineyard Street. TURN FIRST RIGHT AFTER Vine Street along the lane which takes you towards Sudeley Castle.

Continue along the lane and after about a quarter of a mile you pass the turning on your right for Sudeley Castle, should you wish to visit the castle check on the opening days, as the castle is privately owned and only open to the public at certain times of the year.

Sudeley Castle dates from the 10th century, The castle has a notable garden, which is
designed and maintained to a very high standard. The castles chapel, St. Mary’s Sudeley, is the burial place of Queen Catherine Parr(c. 1512–1548), the sixth wife of Henry VIII. Sudeley Castle was established prior to 1066, and was in The Domesday Book was then home to some Famous people over the centuries who came to live in the castle such as Lady Jane Grey.

Continue to cycle along the lane past thee turning for Sudeley Castle and cycle up the long steep hill for about three quarters of a mile where the lane bends sharply to the right. About 1 mile after the bend you come to a small cross roads. At the cross roads TURN RIGHT and cycle along the lane in the direction of Charlton Abbots. After about half a mile you pas the turning on the right for Charlton Abbots and about 200 yards after the turning for Charlton Abbot you come to a small cross roads.

At the cross roads TURN LEFT along the lane and cycle along the lane through the villages of Brockhampton, Sevenhampton and after approximately one and a quarter miles you come to the end of the lane at the village of Syreford.

At Syreford you come to a ‘T’ junction at the end of the lane. At the junction TURN RIGHT along the lane towards Whittington and continue along the road through Whittington and after about one and a half miles at the bottom of the hill you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT on to Mill Lane and cycle for 500 yards to the end of Mill Lane where you TURN LEFT along Harp Hill and cycle along Harp Hill for approximately 1 mile where you cycle through the suburbsof Cheltenham and come to Hales Lane. The start/ finish of your cycle ride.

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