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West of England Bicycle Tours

Introduction

The region is centred on the city of Bath, one of the finest Georgian cities and a World Heritage Site.

To the south of Bath the kingdom of Wessex encompasses the limestone hills, gorges and caves of the Mendips, the low-lying meadows and moors of the Somerset Levels, the beautiful valley of the River Wylye, the vast expanse of Salisbury Plain and the sweeping Marlborough Downs. The area is enriched by a wealth of historical and architectural attractions, ranging from the prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury to the stunning facade of Wells Cathedral and the elegance of Longleat House. Camelot, the legendary court of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was sited close to Glastonbury.

To the north of Bath, the rolling limestone hills of the Cotswolds produce some of the finest rural landscapes in England. For centuries this has been superb sheep farming country and the enormous wealth engendered from the medieval wool trade was poured into building majestic churches and fine houses. Built almost entirely of the local honey-coloured stone, the cottages, barns and manor houses contribute a great deal to the overall beauty of the Cotswolds landscapes.

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Map of the Region

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West of England Bicycle Tours

West Of England Biking Routes

Route
Start
Finish
Route options
En route
A
BATH
Wells
   
Bath - Bristol Rail Trail; Chew Valley Lake; Cheddar Gorge; Wookey Hole Cave
B
Wells
Wells
   
Wells Cathedral; Bishop's Palace; Glatonbury Tor; Glastonbury Abbey; Somerset Levels
C
Wells
Warminster
   
Stourhead; Longleat House; The Deverills; Shearwater
D*^
BATH
Warminster
   
Kennet and Avon Canal Path; Bradford-on-Avon; Longleat House; Shearwater
D*^
Warminster
BATH
   
Kennet and Avon Canal Path; Bradford-on-Avon; Longleat House; Shearwater
E
Warminster
Warminster
   
Stourhead; The Deverills; Mere
F^
Warminster
Amesbury
   
Wylye Valley; Wilton House; Salisbury Cathedral; Woodhenge; Stonehenge
G
Amesbury
Devizes
   
Salisbury Plain; Vale of Pewsey; Pewsey White Horse
H
Devizes
Devizes
 
Avebury; Marlborough; Savernake Forest
I
Devizes
BATH
   
Kennet and Avon Canal Path; Lacock Abbey; Bathhampton
I
BATH
Devizes
   
Kennet and Avon Canal Path; Lacock Abbey; Bathhampton
J
Devizes
Tetbury
 
Lacock Abbey; Fox Talbot Museum; Westonbirt
K
BATH
Tetbury
 
Kennet and Avon Canal; Sherston; Westonbirt
L*
Tetbury
Stow
   
Chavenage House; Bourton-on-the-Water; The Slaughters
M
Stow
Stow
 
Rollright Stones; Moreton-in-Marsh; Chipping Campden; Broadway; Snowshill
N
Stow
Cirencester
   
Burford; Northleach; Chedworth Roman Villa
O
Cirencester
Cirencester
   
Coln Valley; Bibury; Arlington Row; Cotswold Wildlife Park
P
Cirencester
BATH
   
Malmesbury Abbey; Castle Combe; Kennet and Avon Canal

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.

^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route

* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)