If being on your bike makes you happy, imagine the ear-to-ear grin you’d be wearing if you were exploring the quiet country lanes and ancient wool tracks of The Cotswolds, with its steeply wooded valleys, breathtaking viewpoints and idyllic villages…
The Cotswolds – the UK’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – offers rides to suit all levels, whether your idea of heaven is pumping up vertiginous slopes shouting ‘Shut up legs!’ or pedalling along leafy lanes anticipating the award-winning pub lunch we’ve booked for you en route.
The Ormond Hotel at Tetbury
Iain Bailey, born-again cyclist and owner of Tetbury’s Ormond Hotel, was inspired to set up Cotswold Cycling Breaks after spending years exploring and mapping the best cycling the Cotswolds has to offer with his cycling group, the Ormond Velos. Based at The Ormond Hotel – where you and your bike will receive a warm welcome and special attention (delicious, nutritionist-designed meals for you, secure storage and complimentary post-ride wash-down for your bike) – Cotswold Cycling Breaks is the ideal way to experience the brilliant cycling this area has to offer.
And, with Tetbury as the base for your cycling break, even non-cycling companions will be clamoring to come with you. Boutiques such as Overider, with its wearable yet edgy labels such as ‘Dirty Farmgirl’ and ‘Rock & Rio’, and destination stores such as The Highgrove Shop and Asian specialist Artique, combine with the myriad antique shops for which Tetbury is renowned to make the town irresistible to shoppers. Meanwhile, the verdant delights of Westonbirt’s world-famous arboretum and Prince Charles’ garden at nearby Highgrove draw nature lovers like bees to honey…
What the press have to say about Cotswold Cycling Breaks
Road.cc – March 2013
RoadCyclingUK - December 2012
Sportsister – December 2012