Exploring The Cotswolds
The route explores the Cotswolds north of Cirencester visiting the National Trust property at Chedworth Roman Villa before stopping in Northleach for lunch. On leaving Northleach we follow the narrow lanes to Aldsworth through to Bibury, described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England". We stop here before returning to Cirencester.
Remember that some of the lanes off the main routes are narrow & winding so care must be taken & speed should be kept low to enjoy the scenery as well as being safe.
Leave Cirencester on the A429 signposted Stow-on-the-Wold.
Continue along the A429 for about 7 miles.
On reaching the steep hill at Fossebridge, take the turning left, on to an unclassified road, signposted Chedworth Roman Villa Follow signs for the National Trust property. You will need to allow at least two hours to enjoy the visit.
On leaving the Villa follow the road signposted Yanworth & Northleach.
You will be retracing the route for a short distance.
Northleach is a small town
in the valley of the River Leach.
Parking is on street or in the market place. The World of Mechanical Music is a unique museum which is worth visiting if you enjoy mechanical music machines. The church dedicated to St Peter Amp; St Paul is one of the best in the Cotswolds.
Continue through Northleach we turn right to follow an unclassified road signposted Eastington.
Passing Eastington we head towards Aldsworth, to join the B4425.
Turning right we arrive at Bibury, where, if you are lucky you can find a place to park. You may have time to visit Arlington Mill Museum or the Bibury Trout Farm, visit a teashop or eat an icecream whilst sitting on the wall trout spotting in the shallows of the River Coln.
We leave Bibury heading towards Barnsley before returning to Cirencester.