Cricklade: A Popular Village For Outdoor Activities (2023)


This small town in the Cotswolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966), is on the banks of the River Thames and is known for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and beautiful countryside and has a collection of shops, restaurants, and pubs.

The 12th century Church of St. Sampson (accessible via Bath Road) features interesting architectural features, including a Norman doorway, a 15th-century font, and a medieval wall painting.

Cricklade is also known for its beautiful countryside, which offers a range of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, birdwatching, and fishing.

The town is surrounded by rolling hills and fields, and there are several nature reserves and parks in the area, including the North Meadow National Nature Reserve, which is home to a variety of rare plant and animal species.

Depending on the season, some of the most common flowers found around the town’s fields and meadows include bluebells, daffodils, snowdrops, primroses, cowslips, wild garlic, poppies, cornflowers, and oxeye daisies.

There are also several accommodation options available in and around Cricklade, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering cottages, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway or longer holiday.

The Thames Path National Trail, which runs through Cricklade and follows the River Thames through several nearby villages is popular with cyclists. Others are the Cotswold Water Park Loop, which takes cyclists through the beautiful Cotswold Water Park, and the North Wiltshire Rivers Route, which offers stunning views of the River Thames and the surrounding countryside.

Cricklade is surrounded by several picturesque villages, including Ashton Keynes, South Cerney, and Kempsford, which offer beautiful countryside views and charming rural landscapes.

Take a look at BagendonAmpney CrucisAvening and Daglingworth and see if they are places you want to visit the next time you’re in the Cotswolds.

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