In 2011, little Chew Magna (population 1,100) was named the Best Village to Live In by the Sunday Times. But if you don’t live here, it makes an ideal Saturday excursion from Bristol. There are cafés and pubs in the village, or you can carry on the extra mile to Chew Valley Lake and its waterside tea-shop.
It’s all on National Cycle Network route 3, clearly signposted from Queen Square and Temple Meads station. The route heads out on the Whitchurch Railway Path, climbing slowly towards Norton Malreward; by going this way, it avoids the gruelling climb at Dundry.