Saturday 13th June to Sunday 21st June 2015




Cycle through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Kemble to Tetbury in a ride arranged for Bike Week. The bike rides starts at Kemble Station. Travel by train to Kemble or via Cirencester on Route 45 of the National Cycle Network.

The Sustrans devised 8 mile route follows quiet Cotswold lanes and public rights of way to Tetbury, giving a 16 mile round trip. For directions see the bike ride route map and/or follow the blue arrows (and a few yellow arrows) that mark the route.

Visit Tetbury with its conservation area of honey coloured stone buildings and striking floral displays. Explore the medieval architecture; in particular see the old cottages lining the Chipping Steps and the ancient Market House on its massive stone pillars. Worth visiting is St Mary’s Parish Church which has the fourth highest steeple in England and is considered to be one of the best Georgian Gothic churches in the country.

Tetbury is particularly known for its royal connections as the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal both live nearby. Produce from the Duchy of Cornwall is sold in the Highgrove Shop which is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5pm (10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays).

Also worth a visit is the Tetbury Police Museum at the end of Long Street. This museum illustrates the history of policing in Gloucestershire and is located in the old Victorian police station and courtroom. Admission to the Police Museum is free, it is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. 

Tetbury has numerous cafés, pubs, restaurants and take-aways where food and refreshments can be obtained. There are two bike shops, Veloton in the Market Place and the Bike Shed off Hampton Street (B4014) on the edge of town.

Chavenage House is an Elizabethan manor house a mile to the North of Tetbury that was visited by Oliver Cromwell and used as a set for the recent TV series Poldark. It can be found by taking the road to Avening (B4014) then turning left along Chavenage Lane just past the recreation ground (ignore the sign for cars).

Westonbirt National Arboretum can be found two miles to the South West of Tetbury off the A433.The Arboretum has 18,000 trees and shrubs set in 600 acres and is open every day from 9am - 8pm. On the opposite side of the road is Westonbirt House built by Robert Holford the Victorian millionaire who also developed the Arboretum. A Grade 1 example of high Victorian architecture.

Two gardens, the Ox Barn and Dillycot, will be open to visitors on the afternoon of 14th June in aid of the Red Cross. Refreshments will be available. These gardens are situated in Culkerton which will involve a detour of about a mile. When cycling to Tetbury go straight on at point 7 on the bike ride route map or turn left at point 5 when returning to Kemble.

Further information about Tetbury can be found here.

Before you set off it would be wise to check your bicycle is safe to use and will be reliable for the journey. Download Dr Bike’s checklist to ensure your bike is roadworthy here.


Saturday 13th   Market Day - held at the Market House in the Town Centre, 9am to 2pm
  Bike Jumble - The Bike Shed, 9:30am to 1pm
Sunday 14th   Car Boot Sale - at the Old Goods Shed, 9am to 12pm
  Chavenage House tours, 2pm to 5pm
  Gardens open for the Red Cross, Culkerton, 2pm to 6pm
Wednesday 17th   Market Day - held at the Market House in the Town Centre, 9am to 2pm
  Westonbirt House Gardens o
pen, 2pm to 5pm
Thursday 18th   Westonbirt House Gardens open, 2pm to 5pm
Chavenage House tours, 2pm to 5pm
Saturday 20th   Market Day - held at the Market House in the Town Centre, 9am to 2pm
Sunday 21th   Westonbirt House and Gardens Open Day, 11am to 5pm 
  (Guided tours of the house available on the hour, refreshments available)

  Chavenage House tours, 2pm to 5pm

Further information on Bike Week can be found here.