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Severn Route

In the Magnificent Severn Cycle Challenge we cycle on three days, Friday to Sunday, 24 – 26 September 2021.

Routes are planned but still subject to our normal detailed safety checks.

Each day, each cyclist can choose a longer or shorter route. Provisional details are:


Start/Finish Burford, Oxon. Long route 40 miles, 2,300ft elevations. Short route 20 miles, 1,300 ft elevations.

En route to our hotel base in Gloucester, our routes are based at Burford (just off the A40). We travel through the rolling countryside and picturesque villages of the North Cotswolds. As well as Burford, the 40 mile route visits the beautiful villages of Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold and Lower Slaughter.


Start/Finish Forest of Dean/Wye valley. Long route 65 miles, 5,800ft elevations. Short route 40 miles, 3,500 ft elevations.

We drive about 40 minutes to our start/finish venue in the Forest of Dean. Today’s route is the most hilly of the challenge. The route will mostly use the quieter roads in the area and will spend a few miles over the border in Wales. We are planning a mile or two alongside the river Severn. You may know this fantastic area and be wary of some of the steep climbs – some above 20%! Rest assured these hills are not in our route although we do have the odd spike at 12% for a short section.


Start/Finish is our hotel car park. Long route 65 miles, 4,000ft elevations. Short route 40 miles, 2,200 ft elevations.

Cycling from our hotel today we focus on the natural beauty of the Cotswolds south of Gloucester. Most of the main hills are in the first half of each route. The first visit is to Painswick, another of the Cotswolds top picturesque villages. After circling to the north of Stroud, the final section moves to the less hilly roads around Frampton on Severn and find a couple of roads alongside the river.