You don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins – or even wear Lycra! – to take up cycling. Whether you fancy a gentle first bike ride, want to tackle more challenging terrain or would simply like to enjoy a family day out in the fresh air, you’ll find plenty of places to get pedalling in the Forest of Dean, Cotswolds and across Gloucestershire.
While the cycling opportunities are literally endless in the county, from ease of access to stunning beauty, SoGlos has handpicked eleven of our best biking spots in Gloucestershire to get your started on your own two-wheel adventures.
Remember to follow the latest guidelines and maintain social distancing when visiting these gorgeous destinations.
With glorious waterside views, the promise of wildlife spotting and plenty of history, the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal towpath is a great place to get on your bike. Boasting miles of well-kept pathways and relatively flat routes which pass Gloucester Docks, the Severn Estuary and parts of the Cotswolds.
Set in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Cannop Ponds is a firm favourite for families with bikes, as part of the child-friendly cycle trail. Daredevils can also get their fix by taking on the famous Downhill Trail or head off the tracks for a hair-raising thrill.
Cheltenham’s picture-perfect Pittville Park offers bundles of space to explore and plenty of paths to pedal along, with grown-ups and kids alike able to take a leisurely and largely flat bike ride around the lakes and generous green space. There’s even a skatepark at Pittville Park suitable for scooters and BMXs, for those feeling a bit more adventurous.
With wrap-around views of the breathtaking lakes at South Cerney, cyclists can choose from plenty of routes for a flat bike ride. Leading from the lakes down picture-perfect country lanes, this is a great place to explore the Cotswold countryside on two wheels.
Bikers can spot the Tewkesbury Abbey towering over the market town as they pedal alongside the River Severn. Promising plenty of places to stop for a rest and admire the views, cyclists can take their time along this leisurely route.
Perfect for kids, Gloucester Park promises a large stretch of space to practice pedalling on their first bikes, while daredevils and older bikers can try out tricks on the ramps.
Miserden Estate is closed to the public at the moment, but when it reopens it’s a brilliant bike riding spot.
Muse over the stunning lake, woodland and farm with a picture-perfect bike ride through the impressive Miserden Estate, near Stroud. Boasting glorious views of the Golden Valley, cyclists can even take a well-earned pit stop at The Garden Café.
Set in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Beechenhurst is a great place to start a family bike ride. A whole host of fairly flat routes make it the perfect choice for younger ones, while more experienced riders can enjoy exploring the off-road terrain.
If family trails are too tame for you, then head to Flyup 417 Bike Park near Gloucester for the ultimate thrill. With trails for all levels of ability, bikers can take on devilishly deep drops and impressive jumps.
FlyUp 417 Bike Park is currently closed, but it’s well worth a visit when it reopens.
Facilities in Bourton on the Water, including car parks and toilets, are closed at the moment, but it’s a must visit when it’s open again.
Starting off in the Cotswold hot spot of Bourton-on-the-Water, take in the chocolate-box cottages and explore quaint villages along the way on this stunning cycle ride that also passes through nearby villages of Upper Slaughter and Guiting Power.
Take on challenging terrain and climb to new heights with spectacular views of the Slad Valley waiting for you at the top. Winding through the picturesque Painswick and country villages surrounding Stroud, the route promises a peaceful yet extremely hilly ride for the fittest bikers.
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