If you travel a lot, you’ll know the typical scene of a popular downtown area—scores of tourists on hired bikes, circling around city hotspots.
We’ve hired bikes ourselves to tour foreign cities. But if you want more than just a quick biking experience and you’re craving a country’s true culture—and some fresh air—you might want to look into grabbing a bike and heading out to the countryside.
And by countryside we really mean the English Cotswolds.
Stretching just south of Stratford-upon-Avon to south of Bath, The Cotswolds is an area full of picturesque villages and towns, limestone walls, thatched cottages, traditional tea rooms, cozy pubs, and rolling hills. A postcard, really.
Of course you can drive the small country roads and lanes to take it all in behind a window. Or, you can make an adventure out of your time in this extraordinary part of Great Britain and take a bike.
The sights you’ll see will be worth writing home about, as Instagrammer @cotswoldcyclist shows us.
Taken with an iPhone X, this cycling photographer’s shots capture the untouched beauty of the region, with its extravagant country estates and babbling rivers.
Some of the locations cycled through include Chipping Campden, Bibury, Notgrove, and Guiting Power (and no, I didn’t make any of those names up). Put these on your list if you’re planning a getaway; they are full of untouched natural beauty and quaint little pubs serving traditional British food.
Written by Rachel Ruiz; All Photos by @thecotswoldcyclist.
See more photos from The Cotswold Cyclist on Instagram.
If you’re inspired by these snaps as much as we are, you probably want to venture to England to do your own Cotswolds cycling tour. The Carter Company is your one-stop-shop for booking an unforgettable biking experience with guided or self-guided day trips, weekend breaks and even a 9-night Oxford—Bath expedition!
Rachel Ruiz-Oakley is the Managing Editor of Slide Night.