Cotswolds Mountain Biking: Trails For All Abilities
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!
Everything You Need To Know About Off-Road Biking In The Cotswolds
Either before or after your day out mountain biking in the Cotswolds, pay a visit to The Frog & Fiddle in Cheltenham and see what award-winning Butcombe beers we have available, alongside our extensive range of cocktails and wines.
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
- Painswick to Winchcombe – 6 hours, 38 miles
- Painswick Circular – 3.5 hours, 25 miles
Cotswold Pubs For Mountain Bikers
Located on The Burgage near to Cheltenham Racecourse, The Royal Oak is the perfect place to stop for a drink before or after a day of mountain biking in the Cotswolds.
Come and see see what award-winning Butcombe beers we have available, alongside our extensive range of cocktails and wines.
If you would prefer to stay the night, you can view our Cotswold hotels here.