The gentle green hills of the Cotswolds are perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding.
The 102-mile Cotswold Way (www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold-way) gives walkers a wonderful overview of the region. Meandering from Chipping Campden in the northeast to Bath in the southwest, it passes through some lovely countryside, linking ancient sites and tiny villages, with no major climbs or difficult stretches. It’s also easily accessible from many points en route, if you fancy tackling a shorter section or a circular walk from your village of choice.
Other long-distance trails that pass through the Cotswolds include the 100-mile Gloucestershire Way, which runs from Chepstow to Tewkesbury via Stow-on-the-Wold; the 55-mile St Kenelm’s Way into Worcestershire; and the 184-mile Thames Path (www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path), which tracks from just southwest of Cirencester all the way to London.
Local tourist offices can advise on routes and usually sell walking maps.
Away from the main roads, the winding lanes of the Cotswolds make fantastic cycling territory. Local tourist offices are invaluable in helping to plot routes, while bike-rental outlets scattered across the Cotswolds villages typically charge around £12 per day. Companies such as Cotswold Country Cycles organise maps, luggage transfers and B&B stays for a range of self-guided cycling tours.