The Cotswolds is blessed with some of the most picturesque towns and villages in England, each with its own unique past that has helped to influence and develop the thriving market towns and vibrant village communities we see today.
The most popular activity in the Cotswolds is just simply taking in the countryside on the many available walks or cycle routes. There are long distance walks as well as short routes, providing access to the rolling hills, clear river valleys and the scattered villages for which the area is so well known.
The long distance trails that encompass the Oxfordshire Cotswolds include: The Oxfordshire Way, The Wychwood Way, The D'Arcy Dalton Way, The Macmillan Way and The Thames Path. For general, shorter rambles there are suggested routes from Charlbury, Eynsham, Woodstock, Burford, Chipping Norton and the Windrush Valley as well as a host of guides available with many more suggestions.
If you're a bicycle fan then National Cycle Route 5 - from Oxford to Birmingham, comes through Woodstock and then heads north and crosses some beautiful countryside before reaching Banbury.
The Oxfordshire Cycleway takes in part of the area and is signed. There are also a number of suggested circular cycle routes within the area, including bike rides from Kingham railway station. There are also informally led leisurely day rides organised by Easyriders from Chipping Norton - a rolling programme operates through the year. The terrain can be described as gentle and rolling - so any hills are rewarded with a freewheel afterwards.