More great rid­ing routes from the Lake Dis­trict to the Cotswolds

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Chel­tenham is a lovely town that’s fas­ci­nat­ing to ex­plore, but it’s when you leave for the sur­round­ing vil­lages that the Cotswolds come alive. Tak­ing the B4632 out of town, rather than the busier A435 which leads past the fa­mous race­course, you are soon into glo­ri­ous coun­try­side. Af­ter pass­ing through the pic­turesque Winch­combe you at­tack Stan­way Hill. It’s fairly steep and twisty, with sev­eral tight corners that de­mand a de­gree of cau­tion be­fore you get to the top and fol­low the road through Ford and past the Cotswold Farm Park. For devo­tees of the BBC’S Coun­try­file TV show, this is run by pre­sen­ter Adam Hen­son.

Af­ter pop­ping into Stow-on-the-Wold you head back, look­ing down on the typ­i­cal Cotswold vil­lage of Naun­ton (where there’s a gas­tro pub if you fancy a break) be­fore turn­ing to­wards Bour­ton-on-the-wa­ter. A bit of a Cotswold tourist trap, Bour­ton is a unique vil­lage that is fa­mous for be­ing the lo­ca­tion of the 1990s kids show Brum. The yel­low car drives over one of Bour­ton’s bridges in the open­ing se­quence. A busy Bour­ton is best avoided and by car­ry­ing on through you reach Bur­ford, an­other pretty but touristy lo­ca­tion that’s home to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, and Lech­lade-on-thames be­fore head­ing back to Chel­tenham via Cirences­ter.

The Cotswolds are fan­tas­tic to ex­plore on a bike and you can eas­ily spend a week­end or even a week ex­plor­ing the net­work of lit­tle vil­lages. In sum­mer there are inter-vil­lage cricket matches and while the stan­dard of play may not be as good as a test match, the ban­ter cer­tainly is!

This bridge starred in the kids’ TV show Brum. Make the ap­pro­pri­ate ‘Parp! Parp!’ noises

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