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Many people would agree that if you are going to head off on a bike ride, one of the best places to do it would be the Cotswolds. There are lots of stunning routes you can take through many of the towns and villages in the area. If the weather is good you can enjoy anything from a whole day cycling to a week long holiday going from place to place each day.

So why not take part in a sponsored bike ride on Sunday 2nd October this year, in aid of the Sue Ryder Hospice in Gloucestershire? If you are taking a late holiday in the Cotswolds and you are staying in Cotswolds accommodation that provides you with somewhere to keep your bikes, you could have a go. Many Cotswolds properties do have bike stores so you could indeed plan your time off around this worthwhile event.

You’ll need to be active though because it takes place over a distance of 45 miles. There is a registration fee per rider and an expected fundraising target of £75 per rider as well. This could potentially raise a lot of money for the hospice, and there are some great benefits in it for you as well.

If you are staying nearby you will probably be thinking about exploring the local area anyway. The ride starts from Cheltenham and it has been planned specially to take in many delightful sights along the way. There will be some hills involved – as you would expect in the Cotswolds! But you will be rewarded by knowing you are doing it all for people who are in need of support from Sue Ryder.

The halfway point is in Forthampton Village Hall. Once you arrive you will be treated to snacks and a well earned break before you set off once more to explore the second half of the route. In addition there will be plenty of water stations at strategic points along the route, so there is no need to worry about taking water or snacks with you.

In order to find out more about the Challenge Bike Ride you can telephone 01242 246 293. Alternatively you can send an email to

This is certainly a delightful way to explore more of the Gloucestershire countryside and to do it all for a good cause as well. You will also be able to get to know other people on the route, and of course you should plan for a well earned bath and a tasty evening meal once you have finished. Perhaps this would be the ideal time to explore the local pub close to where your Cotswolds accommodation is?

Even if you don’t take part you might be able to donate some money towards the event or support someone you know who is taking part. But just think of all the scenery you will miss if you decide to do something else for the day. It’s tempting to go for it, isn’t it?