British actor Jim Carter is promoting healthy living by cycling 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) across England.

The Downton Abbey star will be joining other keen riders to cycle from Cambridgeshire to Bedford later this month (Aug13) as part of the Pedal On Uk festival.

He tells the London Evening Standard, "The hardest part of riding a bike is getting it out of the shed. The minute I'm on my bike and start pedalling, the world suddenly seems a much better place... I would urge anyone who has been thinking of getting their bikes out of mothballs to pump up their tyres and join in. You are guaranteed to feel better afterwards. I promise."

The event celebrates 84 new walking and cycling routes across England in a bid to encourage families to travel by bike or on foot.