A Visitor’s Guide To Mountain Biking In The Cotswolds

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.

Bring your own bike or rent one from a local mountain biking specialist, and head to the hills!

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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:

Winchcombe to Sudeley Castle – 45 minutes, 2 miles
Mill Field Circular – 45 minutes, 1.8 miles
Berkley to Gloucester – 4 hours, 28 miles
Stroud to Nailsworth – 1.5 hours, 4.8 miles

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:

Cirencester to Stroud – 4.5 hours, 31 miles
Cirencester Circular – 4.5 hours, 30 miles
Gloucester to Winchcombe – 4 hours, 28 miles
Winchcombe Circular – 4 hours, 28 miles
Burford East Circular – 5 hours, 33 miles
Burford West Circular – 4 hours, 29 miles
Burford to Cirencester – 3.5 hours, 26 miles
Nailsworth Circular – 4.5 hours, 30 miles
Nailsworth to Berkley – 4 hours – 27 miles

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:

Winchcombe to Burford – 5.5 hours, 34 miles
Berkley to Painswick – 4.5 hours, 30 miles
Berkley Circular – 5 hours, 33 miles


Cotswold Hotels For Mountain Bikers

After a enjoyable day of mountain biking in the Cotswolds, why not stop off at The Prince Of Burford.

Serving award-winning Butcombe beer, delicious food and offering three boutique bedrooms, it is the perfect place to drink, dine or stay.

Book your Cotswold mountain biking holiday today