Cycle Tour - Day 4 - Painswick to Winchcombe
Painswick Town Hall
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30 miles/48km – GRADE – MODERATE/STRENUOUS - A Hilly route from start to finish taking you through the rolling Cotswold Hills and capturing the essence of the Cotswolds countryside. The route follows mainly quiet lanes, and has some strenuous climbs and steep descents. Low gears and good breaks are required and an awareness of oncoming traffic around lanes of minimal diameter.
Attractions you can see en route include; Great Witcombe Roman Villa, Miserden Park Gardens, Colesbourne Park (snowdrops season), Chedworth Roman Villa, Whittington Court (limited opening), Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Sudeley Castle, Folk & Police Museum, Belas Knap Long Barrow, Winchcombe Pottery.
Winchcombe is an unspoilt golden-coloured market town set above the River Isbourne on the Cotswold edge. Cottages, small shops, good pubs and tea rooms give the town a warmth all of its own. The town was an important centre in Saxon times and later became the site of one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in England. Although the abbey has now gone, the town thrives.