The Cotswold Ultra Route Directions

The Cotswold Ultra

Thames Path is referenced at TP.
Kissing-Gate is referenced as k-g


Leave the station on their exit road to meet a T-junction. Turn left down the road for approx 50 yards then turn right over a stile (G/R 986 978).

At 0.4 miles, just before the A429, turn left over a small wooden bridge on the signed route.

At 1.2 miles meet the A433 (G/R 984 989), cross this and continue forward on TP.

At 1.7 miles reach a stone and signpost marking the Source of the River Thames (G/R 980 995)

From the source, continue back along the route you have just taken, back to the small wooden bridge you crossed previously.

At 3.0 miles reach the wooden bridge, cross this and turn left to cross the A429 (G/R 990 978) continuing forward on TP. As path forks bear right into wooded area.

At 3.7 miles meet road, turn left on road for a few yards then right onto signed TP. which runs parallel with road towards Ewen.

At 4.3 miles turn right down lane signed TP. (G/R 004 975).

At 4.4 miles, immediately after crossing the river turn left on TP.

At 4.8 miles over style into field keeping left then through k-g (G/R 012 965)

Cross foot-bridges at 5.3 & 5.5 miles and continue through various k-g all TP.

At 6.5 miles reach road (G/R 019/948), go right shortly reaching the main road then going left on footpath, sign TP. At 6.7 miles cross over road into Lower Mill Estate TP (Take Care).

At 7.2 miles go over footbridge (G/R 027/943) all TP signed through various k-g and another footbridge.

At 8.2 miles cross over road (G/R 041/941), then at 8.4 miles reach lane (G/R 045/942), CP1 is directly on your right next to a small monument on a grassed area.

Navigation Difficulty: Low
Course – mainly trail, well signposted Thames Path
Dependant on weather possible waterlogging & mud
Total CP distance – 8.4 miles


 CP1 – CP2

From CP1 go left a short distance, turning right down Back Street.

At 0.4 miles take left track (G/R 050/943), then immediate right through k-g all signed TP.

At 0.6 miles reach lane, go left then through gate on your immediate right, over playing fields to far gate at 0.7 miles.

All TP signed, over footbridge, gravel pathway between fields till 1.3 miles reach bridleway and go left (G/R 061/934), 200 metres go right TP.

At 3.3 miles cross footbridge on right (G/R 077/946), continue following TP signs

At 3.7 miles reach track TP goes right, then at 3.9 miles TP goes left (G/R 082/948), then through a k-g – continue along the river TP.

At 4.2 miles cross possible waterway (dependant on weather) (G/R 086/948).

At 4.8 miles go right over foot-bridge (G/R 095/942), follow TP signs.

At 4.9 miles through k-g on right, left past houses on footpath for 50 metres then TP through k-g on left into field, follow TP signs.

At 5.2 miles reach lane (G/R 100/940) going left onto footpath and 50 metres reach road go right into High Street, TP. Shortly on the left you pass the Red Lion Pub, then go next left down Abingdon Court Lane and soon taking the left lane just before Abingdon Court Farm. Follow TP signs which then go right, bearing left into fields.

At 5.7 miles go over foot-bridge, through gate and then under the A419 bridge.

Continue over various footbridges and gates, at 6.1 miles over footbridge (G/R 113/940), at 6.9 miles over footbridge (G/R 124/940) and at 7.4 miles another footbridge (G/R 129/944).

At 8.6 miles cross footbridge (G/R 135/960), and another at 9.1 miles.

At 9.2 miles TP shoots diagonally right (G/R 143/958) to a footbridge, which leads to a concrete path between houses then ahead to tarmac road, stay on footpath till you reach the Red Lion at 9.4 miles (G/R 145/958), which is CP2.

Navigation Difficulty: Low
Course – mainly trail, well signposted Thames Path
Total CP distance – 9.4 miles
Total Race Day distance – 17.8 miles


CP2 – CP3

Continue into Long Row to the T-junction of School Lane and turn left which leads into Church View.

At 0.2 miles turn left down lane signed “T/P” (G/R 148 957).

At 2.1 miles meet a lane and turn right (G/R 174 960).

At 2.3 miles as the lane bends to the right, turn left signed “T/P” (G/R176 957).

At 4.3 miles meet a lane and turn left.

At 4.4 miles meet the A361 and turn left (G/R 204 964).

At 5.6 miles turn left down lane heading signed John the Baptist Church (G/R 207 982).

At 5.7 miles turn right on the signed “T/P” route.

At 6.6 miles reach Ha’penny bridge (G/R 212 993). Go under bridge and continue forward on the signed “T/P” by the river.

At 7.3 miles meet St John’s Lock (G/R 222 990) and continue forward on signed “T/P” route alongside the canal.

At 7.5 miles go over an arched wooden pedestrian bridge (G/R 225 988), then turn right on signed “T/P”.

At 8.4 miles reach Buscot Lock (G/R 230 981) and keep left on signed “T/P” route.

At 8.6 miles cross bridge over the river and turn right on signed “T/P”.

At 9.8 miles reach arched wooden bridge (G/R 246 985) and continue forward on signed path.

At 10.3 miles meet a small gravel track (G/R 253 988) and turn right on signed path.

At 11.7 miles reach Grafton Lock (G/R 271 992) and continue forward on signed path.

At 12.9 miles reach a bridge by The Swan Hotel (G/R 285 995) which is CP3.

Navigation Difficulty: Low
Course – mainly trail, well signposted Thames Path
Total CP distance – 12.9 miles
Total Race Day Distance – 30.7 miles



CP3 – CP4

From the Swan Hotel continue TP along the river bank.

At 1.0 miles reach Radcot Lock and continue forward on signed path.

At 3.0 miles reach Rushey Lock (G/R 322 000) and cross over the lock to the other side then turn right on small tarmac lane.

At 3.9 miles reach a small road by a bridge (G/R 334 004), cross this and continue forward on signed path.

At 5.1 miles reach sign for Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve (G/R 348 001) and continue forward on path.

At 7.0 miles reach wooden bridge over river (G/R 366 008), cross this then turn left on signed path.

At 7.4 miles cross arched wooden footbridge (G/R 371 010) and turn left on signed path.

At 13.0 miles reach the Maybush Pub on the A415. Cross over the bridge to the Rose & Revived Pub which is CP4 at 10.1 miles (G/R 404/014).

Navigation Difficulty: Low
Course – mainly trail, well signposted Thames Path
Total CP distance – 10.1 miles
Total Race Day Distance – 40.8 miles



CP4 – Finish / Campsite 1

From CP4 continue along the river bank, signed TP.

Continue through various gates all signed TP.

At 1.5 miles continue TO through gate (G/R 423/012)

At 2.0 miles over footbridge, and at 2.2 miles go through Northmoor Lock.

Continue through various gates until at 3.7 miles reach The Ferryman at Bablock Hythe (G/R 434/042) which is Camp Site 1 for Thames Challenge competitors.


Total mileage = 44.5 miles