The Cotswold Water Park is very flat! It’s a great place to come for a relaxing ride around the country lanes, or if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, why not try some of the lovely off road cycle routes – there is even a National Cycle Route 45 going right through the Cotswold Water Park, on its way from Salisbury to Cirencester (one day it will connect all the way to Chester).
Cycle routes in the Cotswold Water Park
There are many quiet country lanes and paths around the area, with reasonable connections from Cirencester, Swindon and Kemble Station. However, to really explore and get to know the quieter parts, it’s best to go ‘off road’ , along the bridlepaths and permissive cycle paths.
The Gateway Centre, Spine Road near South Cerney has a large open car park where you can park for free all day, with no height restriction.
Alternatively, start at one of the free car parks around the area, from where you can access many of the cycle routes without having to go on any major roads.
Please note the following car parks have height barriers:
Bridge Car Park, Spine Road
Neigh Bridge Country Park, near Somerford Keynes
Waterhay Car Park, near Ashton Keynes
Lakeside Car Park, near South Cerney
You can download a 16km / 18km Cycle Route here – Circular Cycle Route ( pdf 500kb) – or pick up a hard copy of the new Walks Guide from the Gateway Centre, Spine Road.
Cycle hire is available in the Cotswold Water Park.
Please note that quarrying is still taking place in some areas, and therefore there are large gravel lorries using some of the routes, even on Saturdays.
Please check your route before setting out, and ensure that everyone is wearing helmets, and suitable reflective clothing.
As the Upper Thames flows through much of the Cotswold Water Park there are places which are liable to flood after wet weather. If your route is blocked by flood water, please do seek an alternative, as it can get very deep and cold!