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On yer bike! 8 Scenic bike rides

Pack your pannier, hop in the saddle and hit the hills with our hand-picked choice of the best scenic bike rides and e-bike experiences in Glos & Worcs.

With miles of peaceful country lanes, trails, and bridleways zig-zagging our glorious shires, Glos & Worcs are two of the best counties for biking. The only dilemma is where to head first.

Luckily we’ve curated 8 brilliant cycle routes and e-bike experiences to get you pedalling off into the sunrise / sunset like a pro. Whether you’re a keeno beano biker, a relative newbie, or just want to get the kids out into nature with fun twist, check out these brilliant picks.

Minchinhampton & Nailsworth Circular, from Burleigh Court Hotel

Set off from the stunning Burleigh Court Hotel for this top notch circular ride with Cotswold Mountain Biking. Starting from the hotel, Tim will take you on a stunning zip through nature, taking in the National Trust Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons just nearby, over gently bubbling waterways, through the glorious scenery and vineyards of Woodchester and Nailsworth and back to Burleigh where you can refresh with a cool drink or lunch on the sun terrace. This route uses so e-bikes and is a real treat! Rides are for children over the age of 13 and adults with a maximum group size of 5. View the route here | Book your guided tour here.

Cotswold e-Bike tours, Abbey Farm, Cirencester and Cotswolds

How about setting off on a spectacular tour of the Cotswolds with an organic packed lunch packed into your pannier? Sound idyllic? Then book a tour with Cotswold e-Bikes located at Abbey Home Farm. Perfectly placed just minutes from the market town of Cirencester you’ll get to pedal through some of the most famous picture postcard villages in the Cotswolds such as Barnsley, Bibury and beyond. From a flat 15k loop to a challenging 50k they have something for all abilities, with routes that avoid major roads. If you are staying locally, they will even drop up to 8 bikes straight to your door and pick them up again when you are pedalled out. The e-bikes come with Garmin sat navs to help you navigate country roads with turn-by-turn directions so you never have to stop and look at a pesky map! As well as providing bespoke routes with hotly tipped pit-stops along the way, you can opt for one of Abbey Farm’s own homemade organic packed lunches.

Or, try this Circular Route you can do on your own taking in Cirencester, Fairford, Quenington, Baunton and the glorious Cotswolds Water Park. A really lovely route with lots to see.

Berkeley Circular Ride, Berkeley

What finer way to cycle than taking in the oldest inhabited castle in England. The 12th century Berkeley Castle is one of the highlights of this lovely circular ride which starts off in the town of Berkeley and snakes its way across almost 35 miles of total tranquility. Stop off at Slimbridge (with it’s great Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Reserve on the banks of the Severn Estuary) cycle through the National Trust Newark Park, stop for a picnic at the Coaley viewpoint and take in the breathtaking views over the River Severn and beyond on this loop that is perfect for all abilities. Download the Berkeley Circular Ride map here.

Bourton-on-the-Water Circular Route, Bourton

Image: cotswolds.com

The Venice of the Cotswolds (stay with us!) couldn’t be missed out on our lowdown of beautiful bike routes. Try this 26-mile circular route which takes you not only through the dreamy village of Bourton-on-the-Water (we recommend starting early to dodge the crowds in Summer) but also through the two villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, the epitome of Cotswold charm. Straddling the banks of the River Eye, the two villages have remained completely unchanged for over a century with no building work taking place at all since 1906. This ride is best suited to more experienced riders as it it challenging in sections, but so worth it. Need bikes? Head to Hartwells, in the middle of Bourton-on-the-Water, they do all year round bike hire with route maps and advice on places to visit so you can go at your own pace.

Winchcombe Circular Ride, Cheltenham

Image: Sudeley Castle

A good one for the whole family, this loop is a gorgeous ride through a number of villages in the North Cotswolds around Cheltenham. Starting in the market town of Winchcombe above the River Isbourne you’ll pedal past quintessential cottages, boutiques, quaint pubs and tea rooms. Be camera-ready for the spectacular Sudeley Castle with its 1,000 years of royal history, a great one with lots of stuff to see for the kids. Find the Winchcombe Circular Ride map here.

Cotswold Line National Cycle Route, Glos & Worcs

Combine steel and spokes with this great bike and trian mash-up. Cycle as far as you want then catch the train home! The Cotswold Line Cycle Route is a ride that follows the scenic Cotswold Line railway from Oxford to Worcester through Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden and Evesham. It’s brilliant for beginners, taking in the fine Cotswold scenery without the harder hills further south. It’s not totally falt of course there are plenty of cafés and pit-stops along the way. Do all 77 miles (great for a weekend cycling break) or just dip in for a few kilometres at your own pace. See the route here.

Broadway Tower Circular Route, Broadway, Worcs

Rock up with your own bikes to freewheel around the beautiful Broadway Tower, or, rent out one of the e-bikes offered here and rentable from Moustache at the Tower Barn. Plan a tour of the area or simply go for a short exploration. The team here will help you plan your route and give you great tips on where to go with a full introduction to e-biking and how to do it! Available for hire from 10am to 4pm daily.

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