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Cotswolds and Marlborough Downs Self-Guided Tour
(9 Nights)

Tour code: WOESG9

Tour Overview

This tour lengthens the 7 night Cotswolds itinerary by the addition of two nights in Devizes to the east of Bath at the beginning of the tour. This allows riders to visit the fascinating prehistoric site at Avebury.

The first leg is a gentle ride along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal from Bath to Devizes for a two night halt. There are options to lengthen the route using side tracks to various sites of interest. The loop route from Devizes takes you to the ancient market town of Marlborough and on the Avebury. From Devizes you ride to the quaint village of Lacock and then continue north to Tetbury in the Cotswolds. The next leg continues north through beautiful Cotswolds countryside to Stow-on-the-Wold for a two night stopover. The loop ride visits several beautiful and historic villages to the north of Stow. Leaving Stow to the south, you visit Burford and Northleach en route to Cirencester. A circuit from here explores the valley of the River Coln. The final leg back to Bath takes you to Castle Combe and finishes with a marvellous descent down to the Avon Valley.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.
The itinerary follows routes I, H, J, L, M, N, O and P
This tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • The wonderful city of Bath – a world heritage site
  • The Kennet and Avon Canal
  • The Avebury Stone Circles
  • Westonbirt Arboretum
  • The art galleries and craft shops in Stow-on-the-Wold
  • The medieval tolsey at Burford
  • Broadway Tower
  • The Cotswolds Wildlife Park
  • The Roman Museum in Cirencester
  • Malmesbury Abbey


  • Avebury
  • Bath Abbey
  • Burford Cottage
  • Chipping Campden
  • Lacock Abbey


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending an extra night or two in the lovely city of Bath.


Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at BATH      
2 route I Bath Devizes    
Kennet and Avon Canal Path; Lacock Abbey; Bathhampton
3 route H Devizes Devizes  
Avebury; Marlborough; Savernake Forest
4 route J Devizes Tetbury  
Lacock Abbey; Fox Talbot Museum; Westonbirt
5 route L* Tetbury Stow    
Chavenage House; Bourton-on-the-Water; The Slaughters
6 route M Stow Stow  
Chipping Norton; Rollright Stones; Moreton-in-Marsh; Chipping Campden; Broadway; Snowshill
7 route N Stow Cirencester    
Burford; Northleach; Chedworth Roman Villa
8 route O Cirencester Cirencester    
Coln Valley; Bibury; Arlington Row; Cotswold Wildlife Park
9 route P Cirencester Bath    
Malmesbury Abbey; Castle Combe; Kennet and Avon Canal
10 depart from BATH        

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

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