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bike-ride-in-the-cotswolds.JPGSometimes it seems as though the Cotswolds was built for cycling. Surely there are no better places you could find that inspire you to get into the saddle, even if you’ve never sat there since your school days.

Pick a town or village and pedal

From Broadway to Bourton on the Water from Upper Slaughter to the neighbouring Lower Slaughter and from Chipping Campden to Chipping Norton you really are spoilt for choice when you want to stay local. Book a cottage in one of these locales, hire a bike for a day or two and see where your pedalling takes you. Who said being spontaneous couldn’t be fun?

Explore the Cotswold Line Cycle Route

This carefully-planned route runs along the Cotswold Line railway, so it doesn’t matter if you’re one of those people who overestimates what they’re capable of. Just cycle as far as your legs (and behind) will carry you, and then hop on the train. Job done.

The entire length of the route runs for 75 miles, so you could tackle it in stages, stopping off in-between, or do it all in a day if you’ve got the stamina and you’re a glutton for punishment. Just remember the puncture repair kit – just in case.

Try a circular route

Ideal for beginners, circular routes have been planned out all over the Cotswolds. There are five that have information sheets available online from the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council. They cover Bourton, Kemble, Moreton, Bibury and Kingham, offering a chance to explore the local area and beyond, before coming back to where you started each time.

Whichever route you choose, you can expect the challenge of uphill stretches and the delight of downhill runs. Both combine with heady scenery to provide you with possibly the best cycle routes for miles.