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Cycling can be thirsty work so no one wants to reach the end of their ride without stumbling across a good ole' country pub to recover in.

To help you plan your next evening ride finished off with a catch up over a pint, or your next family bike ride complete with Sunday lunch, here are ten country post ride pubs perfectly positioned along much-loved cycle routes.

Be sure to have a read of number ten for a real pub-themed bike ride.

the trout inn

Located on the banks of the River Thames cyclists finishing their ride off here can relax in the sunshine with a cold beer or fruit juice throughout the summer months, and can snuggle up indoors on a comfy armchair in front of the roaring fire on colder days.

The Trout Inn serves up seasonal fare along with a fine selection of wines, ales and lagers and even dishes up a scrumptious Sunday two-course lunch for £15.95 too.

To end your ride at this perfect post ride pub, take a circular route along the canals around Oxfordshire beginning and ending in Wolvercote, or for a short three mile family ride you can cycle along the Thames from Oxford train station to The Trout Inn, looping back round Port Meadow on your return after lunch.

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One of the many picturesque pubs spread around the New Forest, the Royal Oak Inn in North Gorley makes for a great stop along many of the possible cycle routes through the forest. A great option for those looking to stop here is to follow the New Forest Tracks Cycle Route, a map for which (and for all the other available routes) can be downloaded here.

Nestled in the heart of the forest, the post ride pub is surrounded by quacking ducks and grazing ponies making it an ideal choice for families.

The building was formerly a Royal Hunting Lodge in the 17th century and now serves up a wonderful selection of classic pub food and cask ales.

the sportsman

A terrific place to stay the night as well as stop by for a refreshing drink or a wholesome lunch, The Sportsman is conveniently located along the South Downs Way meaning it is constantly full of walkers and their dogs, and cyclists like you.

Open for breakfast, a snack lunch and dinner, the ale battered fresh fish of the day served with pea puree, homemade tartare sauce and chunky chips is enough to tempt anyone through the door.

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Whether you are after a quick snack at the bar or a three course sit down meal in the dining room, the Bluebell Inn in Tissington can cater for you.

Situated along the High Peak Trail, the BlueBell Inn pub is an attractive choice for those longing for a good feeding after a day of overcoming cycling struggles.

The menu is extensive and includes a variety of options for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements too, as well as serving up a hearty roast every Sunday.

boot

Overlooked by the powerful peaks of Scafell, Scafell Pike and Harter Fell, The Boot Inn in the picturesque village of Eskdale is the ideal spot for relaxing after an adventurous ride, allowing you to sit back and admire the tough terrain you have just overcome.

The huge windows of the dining room provide optimum views over the beautiful Lake District on days when it is too chilly to sit outside. Their food and snacks are fresh and, homemade and there is always a selection of real ales on offer to sample.

white hart inn

A nine mile ride beginning at Oxen Park will lead you to the White Hart Inn in the small town of Bouth, half way between Lake Windermere and Coniston in the Lake District.

This pub prides itself on sourcing all of its meats and groceries from local suppliers, ensuring guests that their meals will always be made using only the freshest of ingredients.

Easily incorporated into many cycle routes around the Lake District, the White Hart Inn is also a great overnight stop for cyclists completing longer rides.

miners arms

Near to the canal, The Miners Arms pub can be found along the ten mile Middlewood Way traffic-free cycle route that runs through the scenic Cheshire countryside.

The pub has an outdoor eating area as well as a cosy indoor restaurant and serves up the usual tasty pub fare including homemade pies and delicious steak suppers, for one well earned meaty meal.

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Tucked away along the Trans Pennine cycle route, the Peels Arms pub is a saviour to many weary cyclists. Perfect for those looking for a hearty lunch to keep them pedalling for the rest of the day, the Peels Arms offers a midweek two-course lunch special for just £7.95 per person.

And for those looking to relax at the end of an exhausting day of riding, there's an open fire in the winter as well as a pool table, darts board and a TV screen showing all of the major sports fixtures.

bridges pub

Nestled away in the peaceful Shropshire country side, The Bridges Pub welcomes cyclists to relax in its cosy surroundings at the end of a ride through the Shropshire Hills. It's located at the foot of the Longmynd where two rivers meet making it an idyllic spot to dine alfresco, weather permitting.

The fare on offer here varies between the extremely local and the more international with menu options including everything from faggots and mash to a mezze platter.

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If one pub is not enough for you, follow the Country Lanes and Pubs Around Porthcrawl cycle route to craft your bike ride completely around the pubs that you will pass by.

A fairly easy route, the 12 mile circular trail will take you down country lanes, through pretty villages, along the seafront and past twelve country pubs. It's a pub crawl on bicycles - just be sure to stick to the orange juice until the last stop!

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