Helping readers make the most of their stunning surroundings while on two wheels, SoGlos has teamed up with Gloucestershire Crimestoppers to select 11 places worth getting on your bike for across the county.
Whether you’re a pro-biker or novice, fancy a gently bike ride, want to tackle more challenging terrain or enjoy a family day out, you’ll find plenty of reasons to dig out your helmets and step on the pedals.
And before you hit the saddle, pick up handy tips from Gloucestershire Crimestoppers’ latest #MarkLockReport campaign, which is helping to tackle bike crime by offering simple-to-follow solutions to keep your bike safe from thieves.
For more information visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
Cheltenham’s picture-perfect Pittville Park offers bundles of space to explore and plenty of paths to pedal along; inviting grown-ups and kiddies alike to take a leisurely ride and soak up the leafy lakes and generous green space. There’s even a BMX park available for those feeling a bit more adventurous.
With glorious views and a historic trip alongside Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the towpath promises a great place to pedal, boasting miles of 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 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.
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 grand 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.
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 Cheltenham for the ultimate thrill. With trails for all levels of ability, bikers can take on devilishly deep drops and impressive jumps.
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 terrain and climb to new heights with spectacular views of the Slad Valley waiting for you at the top. Winding through the picturesque wool town of Painswick and country villages, the route promises a peaceful yet hilly ride.
Packed with great advice on how to keep your bike safe, Crimestoppers Gloucestershire has put together three handy hints to crack down on cycle crime. Here we get the low-down on their #MarkLockReport campaign.
Crimestoppers Gloucestershire recommends marking your bike with a unique code and applying a tamper-proof sticker. Marking up your bike helps to deter thieves and makes it much easier to track down if it is stolen.
With free BikeRegister kits available, keep your bike safe by recording the unique codes on your bike and marking up important areas such as forks, rear shock, wheels and brakes.
Reduce the risk of having your bike stolen with a good quality bike lock or two. A good guideline to follow is to invest in a lock that costs 10 per cent the value of the whole bike. Not only does this keep bikes safe, but it also deters many thieves.
Help crack down on cycle crime by reporting any information about the theft of bikes and the handling of stolen parts. Reporting crimes is completely anonymous by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or filling in the online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.
By Sophie Bird
Friday 29 September 2017
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