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Best of the Cotswolds: Favourite Villages Loops

Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds and its gorgeous villages with two picturesque loops of 50km or 100km: pick your favourite, or ride both!

Cycling in the Cotswolds is a unique experience. The countryside roads are lush and we find that discovering the region's rich architecture whilst getting some exercise done is the best way to spend a weekend.

Countryside views whilst cycling in the Cotswolds

These loops pass through many quaint villages in the northern part of the Cotswolds, offering you a chance to soak up the picturesque scenery and enjoy the fresh country air. You may decide to take on the Gran Fondo and spend the day immersed in the countryside, or simply wish to cycle the shortened version which is a great way to explore the Cotswolds at your own pace and appreciate the natural beauty of the region.

A great time to cycle in the Cotswolds is during April when the magnolia blossoms are in full bloom, creating a dreamy and romantic atmosphere. As May approaches, the region is transformed once again, this time by the lush wisterias that adorn the ochre cottages, adding a touch of charm to the already so cute villages.

These quaint villages are all over the Cotswolds, but some of our favourites are Chipping Campden and Burford for their lovely high street full of craft stores and traditional tea rooms. Lower Slaughter and Blockley are very pretty too, they're just a bit more quiet so you won't find many snack options there.

Cyclists having a coffee break in a village in the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is a lovely village to explore, however it can get very busy, especially during weekends and school holidays. If you're after somewhere very authentic, The Cotswold Barn or The Village Shop in Longborough are both great options to stop for your mid ride coffee and fuelling stop.

Happy Riding!

Medium Loop

Distance: 50km | 31 miles

Rating: intermediate

Terrain: rolling hills and country lanes

Elevation Gain: 610m | 2,001ft

Gran Fondo

Distance: 100km | 62 miles

Rating: difficult

Terrain: rolling hills and country lanes

Elevation Gain: 990m | 3,248ft


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