Mountain biking is one of the most exhilarating activities in the Cotswolds. Whether you’re a mountain biking pro or new to off-road cycling, if you’re looking for a guided mountain biking route or you’d rather go solo, the Cotswolds is a perfect place for your mountain biking holiday.
Many of our Cotswold pubs are nearby, where you can sample our impressive range of award-winning Butcombe beers and re-fuel with a satisfying classic pub meal made with local ingredients.
Pubs And Inns Near Cotswold Mountain Biking Trails
Mountain biking can be a lot of fun, and for those who don’t have their own bike, there are many places in the Cotswolds where you can hire everything you need and head to the hills.
Stop by one of our lovely Cotswold pubs before (or after) your energetic day of mountain biking and enjoy a pint of our award-winning Butcombe beer. If you’re feeling hungry, try one of the delicious meals, crafted with locally-sourced ingredients.
The Bear Inn
In the heart of the historic market town of Cirencester, you’ll find The Bear Inn, home to hand-pulled beers and ales, locally-sourced modern twists on pub classics and a beautiful beer garden. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick pint, short snack, or something more substantial after an exhausting day mountain biking, you’ll find your favourite classic pub dish at The Bear Inn.
The Beckford Inn
For excellent beer, excellent food, and friendly, welcoming staff, close to the Cotswolds and Cheltenham, you can’t do much better than The Beckford Inn. Before (or after) your exciting day of mountain biking, treat yourself to your favourite pub meal, enjoy a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe beer in the beautiful beer garden, and relax in a rustic setting at The Beckford Inn.
The Prince Of Burford
The perfect base for exploring the Cotswold countryside, the Prince Of Burford is a quintessentially British pub, complete with a cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beers behind the bar and a menu full of delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meals. If you’re feeling thirsty after your day of mountain biking, we’ve got the perfect pint for you here.
If you’re looking for a riverside pub close to the Malvern Hills, Wye Valley, and Cotswolds Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’re in the right place at The Fleet Inn.
Expect a relaxing place for a pint, with an excellent menu of modern pub dishes, comfortable rooms, and a range of Butcombe beers to choose from – perfect before (or after) a day of mountain biking.
The Frog & Fiddle
Offering cocktails, local ciders, wines, premium spirits, and an unbeatable selection of Butcombe beers and real ales, The Frog and Fiddle is a favourite of locals and visitors alike. With live sports for the big game, plenty of pub games, an intimate courtyard area and regular live music nights, our town centre pub has all the ingredients for a memorable evening. For added convenience, we’re located near to many of the Cotswolds mountain biking locations.
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak pub in Prestbury is located near Cheltenham Racecourse and is perfectly located near to many of the Cotswolds mountain biking locations. Sit back and relax with a pint of award-winning Butcombe beer and a delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meal in a traditional old-world British pub – great food, great beer, and a great atmosphere…..what more could you want?
The Victoria Arms
After exploring the Oxfordshire countryside, or taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling city of Oxford, stop by The Victoria Arms in Old Marston.
Nestled on the picture-perfect banks of the River Cherwell, you can enjoy a refreshing pint in the riverside garden, or a hearty classic pub meal indoors – from fish and chips to delicious roast dinners, and everything in-between – before or after your exhausting day of mountain biking.
Cotswold Mountain Biking Preparation
It’s best to first consider your experience level with cycling before you book your mountain biking holiday.
There’s a range of cycling routes around the Cotswolds to suit all levels, some mostly flat, and others over various different terrains.
Next, think about how long you want your route to be, and whether you’d prefer a circular route – where the start and finish points are the same – or whether you’d like a more linear route.
Then you should consider whether you want to bring your own mountain bike – if you have one – or if you’d rather hire a mountain bike in the Cotswolds.
Finally, you’ll need to research whether you’d like a guided mountain bike ride or you’d prefer to go it alone.
Cotswold Mountain Biking Routes For Beginners
Here are a few easy cycling routes in the Cotswolds that are relatively flat – ideal for mountain biking beginners:
Intermediate Cotswold Mountain Biking Routes
Here are some nearby medium difficulty cycling routes in and around the Cotswolds that are ideal for mid-level mountain bikers, with some hills and tricky terrains:
Cotswold Mountain Biking Routes For Experienced Riders
These mountain biking routes in the Cotswolds are best for experienced mountain bikers, with lots of climbs and descents, and rough terrain: