The Cotswolds is famed for it’s beauty, both in the summer months and the winter. However, it is transformed when the weather is cooler, with crisp winter days and snowy peaks looming in the distance. For those of you who have never been on a cycling tour of the Cotswolds in January, then you are in for a treat! To give you an idea of what you could encounter, we’ve put together a few of the most popular areas for cycling:

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the UK. With easy road access, it is ideal for a cycling vacation or just a short cycling break. Begin your cycling adventure with an easy ride to Blockley. We recommend making a visit to the nearby National Trust’s ‘Hidcote Manor Gardens’.

chipping campden

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Blockley

With so many enjoyable cycling routes leading from the village, Blockley has so much to offer in the winter months. During the eighteenth century this village was a former silk mill village and provided work for about 600 people!

Blockley

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Upper and Lower Slaughter

Joined together by the River Eye, the Slaughters are impossibly pretty twin villages, one mile apart and filled with cottages of Cotswold stone. As both names suggest, Upper Slaughter is slightly upstream from its sister and makes for a gorgeous cycle through the Cotswolds. You will pass grassy banks, stone footbridges and quaint old watermills.

 Upper and Lower Slaughter

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Stow-on-the-Wold

Complete your winter cycling at the market village of Stow-on-the-Wold. As the highest of the Cotswolds towns, the views are spectacular and is a centre for cycling the Cotswolds countryside.

 Stow-on-the-Wold

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