Great Rides - Bristol

Bristol is one of the UK’s top cycling centres, hands down.

If there’s a bike-related award out there, chances are that buzzing has won it: It received the European Green City Award in 2015, was named Britain’s first “cycling city” and is home to nationally-recognized bike nonprofits, bike-friendly hotels and cycling-themed cafes (61 cycle-related businesses, at last count).

Even the city centre — with a robust network of bike lanes, over 300 bike parking spaces, and countless free bike pumps — is great for commuting and sightseeing alike. As the hub of the UK’s national cycle routes, the riding in the countryside is stellar, whether you’re cruising to Bath and back on the popular Bristol and Bath Railway Path, riding along the River Avon to Portishead or tackling the 86-mile-long Avon Cycleway (and passing by the Pensford Viaduct and the Stanton Drew stone circles as you go).

The Bristol Green Belt 360 gravel route circumnavigates the city by cycleway, bridleway, track and road — try the northern sections for flats and the southern end for technical hills (including Dundry Hill).

MTB trails are ridiculously accessible, with Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods just a short ride from town|| both are fast, flowing and pedally, perfect for a hardtail. For more berms, jumps and a downhill feel, Ashton Hill Plantation is your best bet. Hugely popular, the Tour de Bristol — with 40km, 65km, or 100km options — raises money for St. Peter’s Hospice.

Chew Valley 40-Mile Loop

Distance: 39.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,151 ft

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Somerset Levels Touring Ride

Distance: 33.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,173 ft

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Trip to the Quantock Hills

Distance: 127.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 7,643 ft

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Welsh Dragon Loop

Distance: 49.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,153 ft

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Nailsea Loop

Distance: 23.1 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,757 ft

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Airport Dash

Distance: 20.1 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,293 ft

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Little Welsh Ride

Distance: 25 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,589 ft

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Chew Valley Lake Ride

Distance: 30.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,839 ft

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Cheddar Gorge 52-Miler

Distance: 52.5 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,355 ft

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Portishead Coastal Loop

Distance: 27.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,989 ft

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Harptree and Bath

Distance: 50.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,868 ft

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Through the Mendips to Bath

Distance: 69.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,162 ft

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Wells & Wookey Hole

Distance: 54.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,787 ft

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The Tumble (y Tymbl) 50-Mile Route

Distance: 49.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,153 ft

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The Tumble (y Tymbl)

Distance: 106 mi:
Elevation: +/- 6,695 ft

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Along the Seafront to Burrington Combe

Distance: 58.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,671 ft

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Berkeley Castle & River Severn

Distance: 73.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,904 ft

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Mendip Magic

Distance: 44.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,154 ft

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Gravel Grinder

Distance: 56 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,542 ft

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Bath via the Railway Path

Distance: 33.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,438 ft

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Pill Riverside Path

Distance: 17.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,114 ft

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Railway Paths to Saltford

Distance: 21.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 963 ft

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City Centre Loop

Distance: 2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 85 ft

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Clifton Village and Royal York Crescent

Distance: 3.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 183 ft

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Redcliffe City Centre Loop

Distance: 2.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 110 ft

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