Chipping Campden to Cotswolds Village Tour 2

 

Chipping Campden – Cotswolds Village Tour 2

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A 19 mile cycle route which takes you on a tour of the surrounding picturesque cotswolds villages in The Cotswolds Hills. As you are in the Cotswolds Hills you will encounter some hills along the route and a few of them can be severe so be prepared. The route is mainly along country lanes and ‘B’ roads. Cycle hire is available in Chipping Campden fro Cotswold Country Cycles, Longland Cottage, Mickleton, Chipping Campden. The letters marked in brackets refer to the turning points shown on the map.
Chipping Campden is a small market town in the Cotswolds. It is notable for its elegant
terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century. A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants.

Starting from The Red Lion Inn situated on the junction of High Street and Sheep Street in the centre of Chipping Campden bear left and cycle along Sheep Street and after about 300 yards at the end of Sheep Street, just as the road bends sharply to the right TURN LEFT at this point along the side road towards the small village
of Broad Campden (B).

Cycle along the road out of Chipping Campden and after a very short distance you will be cycling out in the lovely countryside of the Cotswold’s. After about 1 mile you come to Broad Campden. At the village follow the road as it bends to the left and heads towards Draycott. Continue through Broad Campden and approximately one and a half miles past the village you come to a ‘T’ junction (C).

At the junction TURN RIGHT and THEN IMMEDIATE LEFT along a country lane towards Draycott. After a few hundred yards you reach the end of the lane at Draycott where you TURN LEFT and then TURN THIRD RIGHT (after 200 yards) up the lane which takes you in the direction of Batsford. After about three quarters of a mile you come to a small cross roads (D) where you TURN RIGHT and cycle half a mile to Batsford passing Batsford Arboretum on the left as you approach Batsford.
At the end of road in Batsford (E) TURN RIGHT and cycle through Batsford. Continue to cycle down the lane for half a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction with the A44 (F). Just before the junction you pass The Cotswold Falconry Centre where you can watch spectacular displays of these fine birds.

At the junction TURN RIGHT along the A44. Take care on this short section of busy road.
Cycle up hill 300 yards Continue  along the A44 and after about three quarters of a mile, just as the A44 bends to the right and where the tree start on your left you TURN LEFT along the lane. After 100 yards you come to a cross roads where you GO STRAIGHT ACROSS the junction towards Snowhill.

Continue to cycle up hill along the lane for three and a half miles until you reach the village of Snowhill. Snowshill is best known for nearby Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property open to the public. The manor house contains an unusual collection of furniture, musical instruments, craft tools, toys, clocks, bicycles and armour.

At Snowhill TURN RIGHT signposted for Middlehill and Broadway. Cycle past Snowshill Manor on your left and cycle up hill through Middlehill and from Middlehill enjoy the 1 mile descent of your ride to Broadway. Broadway is probably the iconic cotswolds village which was originally a busy stagecoach stop on the route from Worcester to London. Today its one of the busiest tourist spots in the Cotswolds where you can enjoy shopping in the many independent shops, cafes and pubs etc.
At Broadway you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along High street (I). Cycle along High Street for approximately 300 yards the TURN LEFT (J) along Leamington Road which takes you out of Broadway and after half a mile you come to a roundabout.

Broadway

At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Leamington Road B4632 and cycle for half a mile to Willersey. At Willersey as the road bends to the left on to Main Street you TURN RIGHT (K) along Campden Lane and cycle up hill past the Golf Club on your right. Continue up the lane to the top of the hill where the lane changes its name to The Narrows and bends round to the left. Just after the bend you TURN RIGHT down Dyer’s Lane (L) which takes you down hill for three quarters of a mile to the Red Lion Inn at Chipping Campden. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

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