Cyclists love the Cotswolds, with its excellent views, stunning scenery
Whether you want to spend a day or a week exploring, cycling is a great way to see the wonderful scenery and distinctive character of the Cotswolds. England’s best cycling routes aren’t always the hardest ones – the routes in the Cotswolds range from the gentler slopes of the South Cotswolds to the sharper escarpments of the North. These varieties in terrain give every level of cyclist a chance to enjoy the extensive network of tracks and lanes. And of course, there are many options for that hearty pub lunch you’ll need after your morning’s cycling.
There are plenty of facilities with pretty village pubs and tearooms and a wide range of cycle routes to suit all ages and abilities.
One of the great secrets of the Cotswolds is how good the area is for off-road cycling. The network of good tracks designated as byways and bridleways makes off-road cycling one of the best ways to discover the area. You can cover a fair bit of ground in a ride and still find the secret places inaccessible to cars. Please note that footpaths are not open to cyclists – only bridleways and byways. Remember to wear a helmet, and to take care when out cycling – more advice on cycling safety can be found here.
It is possible to book a guided cycling tour for a couple of hours or a day, or as part of an organised holiday where your luggage is transported separately.
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