Cyclists love the Cotswolds, with its excellent views, stunning scenery and winding lanes lined with distinctive Cotswold dry stone walls.
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 Cotswolds greatest secrets 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. Click here to find a series of off-road rides.
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.
New 7 day Circular Cycling Holiday Tour map
Cotswolds Tourism has produce a new Cotswolds 7-day Circular Cycling Holiday Tour map as part of The Great Outdoor Campaign.
The cycling map,provides the visitor with a circular route taking-in Stroud, Nailsworth, Berkeley, Painswick, Winchcombe, Burford and Cirencester (approx 180 miles). It is intended to be best enjoyed over a week’s cycling, but also features additional circular cycling day-routes
for weekend visits and has free downloadable supplements on places to eat, cycling friendly accommodation, attractions or cycling hire
All of these can be found on http://cotswolds.com/the-great-cotswold-outdoors .
The waterproof Cycling Holiday Tour map is available from Gloucestershire Visitor Information Centres, priced at £3.99, to find out where you can buy the map please click here .
My favourite bike ride – the Cotswolds
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If you don’t have a bike you can to hire one locally. Click here for a list of bike hire and cycling holiday companies.