9 of the best scenic cycle routes near Chef & Brewer pubs

23.03.2017

9 walking hacks

There is nothing better than a scenic bike ride through the British countryside, and with spring just around the corner it’s the perfect time to get back in the saddle.

Chef & Brewer has 140 pubs to choose from around the UK, many in idyllic rural locations, so it’s easy as pie to plan a cycle route around a tasty pub lunch.

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Bradley Wiggins, or simply enjoy a gentle ride in the great outdoors, we’ve got a ‘wheelie’ great route just for you.

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Wendover Woods

This large forest in Buckinghamshire has a five-mile trail with waymarked tracks, ideal for beginners. There are plenty of idyllic sights for cyclists to enjoy, including: deciduous and evergreen trees, woodland flowers and beautiful vistas of the surrounding Chilterns countryside.

It’s also just a short three-mile cycle to the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Wendover, perfect for cyclists to refuel with a wholesome pub lunch.

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Basingstoke Canal towpath

The Basingstoke Canal towpath is one of the most beautiful canal routes in Britain, and has over 32 miles of trail for visitors to enjoy.

After your waterside bike ride, stop off for refreshment at the Swan pub on the peaceful banks of the canal. Tuck into a hearty lunch and freshly brewed ale whilst taking in the stunning Surrey countryside.

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Whitlingham Country Park

Whitlingham Country Park, on the outskirts of Norwich, is the perfect retreat for cyclists. The route is set in a nature reserve surrounding Whitlingham Great Board, and offers 86 acres of water and parkland, perfect for exploring on a bike.

Reward your efforts with a meal at the Rushcutters Arms on the banks of the River Yare, just three miles away from the park.

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Norbury Park

Norbury Park lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has 1,300 acres of natural woodland. The park has accessible cycle trails and magnificent views over the Mole Valley.

After you’ve tackled the Surrey climbs, head to Ye Olde Windsor Castle in Leatherhead, just on the outskirts of the park, and refuel with a plate of Hand-Battered Atlantic Cod and Chips.

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Stour Valley

Stour Valley offers cyclists undulating trails across quiet country lanes, ideal for all cycling abilities. The picturesque scenery of the Dedham Vale also makes the perfect backdrop to a spring bike ride.

The Yew Tree pub in Great Horkesley is just five miles outside the park, and is the ideal place to take a break before getting back in the saddle.

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Barnes Meadow

Barnes Meadow is a nature reserve set in the Northamptonshire countryside, offering a variety of grassland and wetland habitats. The cycle route takes you along the edge of the River Nene, and allows visitors to get up close and personal with the native wildlife, including kingfishers, herons and dragonflies.

After you’ve explored the nature reserve, stop off at the Britannia pub, on the banks of the River Nene, for a well-earned rest.

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South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park has over 1,200km of trail for cyclists to enjoy, and is home to the iconic South Downs Way, the UK’s only national trail that is fully traversable by bike. A rite of passage for many cyclists, South Downs Way boasts 100 miles of trails from Winchester to Eastbourne.

For a slightly more gentle route, cycle along the River Itchen on the east side of the park, and pop in to the Bridge Inn for a riverside retreat after a hard day in the saddle.

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Wyre Forest

A popular spot for cyclists, the Wyre Forest has a range of challenging climbs and meandering roads. Experienced mountain bikers can enjoy trails within the forest, but for those looking for an easier ride, the blue cycle trail is a 4.7-mile route that takes you through the Nature Reserve and along a disused railway line.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Running Horse Inn on the edge of the forest for our Award-Winning Steak and Ale Pie.

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9) The Peak District

The spectacular landscape of the Peak District is a cyclist’s playground, and offers bridleways, quiet lanes and traffic-free trails for visitors to enjoy. Irrespective of ability, the Peak District provides a variety of routes for experienced mountain bikers, ‘roadies’ and leisure cyclists alike.

Take in the picturesque scenery on two wheels, and stop off at the Peacock pub for traditional pub food set against the stunning backdrop of the rugged heather moorlands.

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