The Cotswolds is one of the UK’s official ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and visitors and tourists come from...
Not everyone is suited to a lazy type of holiday, and if you are up for seeing the Cotswolds from the saddle of a bike, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
You can bring your own bike on the back of your car or you can hire one locally, whichever way you choose to get going, you won’t fall short of places to explore during your stay.
The beauty of the Cotswolds doesn’t just lie in the miles of stunning countryside you can gaze at as you pedal along, it also lies in the variety of cycle routes you can follow. If you are used to being in the saddle every day, you’ll appreciate the off-road options that take you onto some of the more challenging routes available. Beginners might feel more comfortable on the quieter roads, of which there are many in the Cotswolds area.
The one essential item you will need if a cycling holiday in the Cotswolds appeals to you, is a proper cycle map of the area. You can find these is in most towns and villages in the post office or local shops. A 'proper' cycle map will highlight all the local routes to follow near where you are staying in the Cotswolds – and it doesn't matter where you're staying, there are great cycle routes everywhere in this wonderful area of outstanding natural beauty.
For a super list of experiences and places to go all over the Cotswolds, don't miss this guide: 77 Super Things to do in the Cotswolds.
If you fancy a biking holiday in the Cotswolds you don’t have to be out on your bike fending for yourself. You can book yourself on to a bike tour with one of the great companies who offer these. Check out Cotswold Electric Bike Tours and The Carter Company for starters.
One of the advantages of cycling in the Cotswolds is that most of the paths and terrain is very suitable for bikers of all abilities. You won’t find any steep mountains to puff your way up. Think of it instead as a series of gently climbing and falling hills, so you won’t be in for any great difficulty for a prolonged period of time!
The Cotswolds is a well established location for cyclists and this means that there are a large number of cycle hire specialists in the area, who can provide whatever you need – from hybrid and mountain bikes to guided tours, advice and maps. Here's a handful: Cycle Cotswolds in Chipping Campden, TY Cycles in Chipping Norton, Hartwells in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Bicycle Hub in Cheltenham and Go-by-Cycle in the Cotswold Water Park.
There are plenty of cycle paths and routes criss-crossing their way all over the area, but you might like to come up with your own ideas as well, as you become more knowledgeable about the area. In fact, there is no better activity than to put your feet up in one of our superb quality cottages in the evening, glass of wine to hand, as you plan your route for the very next day.