The Somerset area is famous for its expansive countryside and breathtaking views. It’s the perfect part of the country to reconnect with nature, and what better way to do so than by bike! The region has many well-loved cycling trails including some of Britain’s best towpaths and car-free routes. There is also plenty of well-kept parkland, such as Exmoor National Park, which is perfect for a peaceful bike ride around gorgeous fresh greenery.
The Strawberry Line
The Strawberry Line gets its name from the precious cargo of strawberries this former railway line carried from the fields of Cheddar across the country. The line was very popular for many years before it was closed in 1965; since then the line has been converted into a popular walking and cycling route. The route takes approximately 54 minutes to cycle and takes you on a pleasant, traffic-free and mostly flat route through gorgeous apple orchards, woodland valleys and even the natural wonder of Cheddar Gorge. The Strawberry Line is great for people of varying degrees of fitness and biking experience and certainly makes for a fun day out for all the family.
Burnham to Weston
This popular trip takes you along Route 33 from Burnham along 9 miles of gorgeous coastline to Weston-Super-Mare. The cycle route runs along the beach to Brean before following along the River Axe finally ending in Weston. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the beautiful views and enjoy the seaside too. It’s a flat, quiet route with very little traffic and highlights of the path include the Berrow Sands and Dunes as well as stunning views of the Mendip Hills.
Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills
All three areas have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the special qualities of their natural environment and their vast hilly landscapes that make perfect routes for cyclists looking for more of a challenge. The Blackdown Hills have been relatively unspoilt by modern infrastructure and are a popular choice for cyclists due to the timeless feel of the pristine landscape. The Mendip Hills offer spectacular views across to Wales as well as the Glastonbury Tor whilst the Quantock Hills were, in fact, the first area of Britain to be awarded the AONB title in 1956.
No matter what your skill and ability, there are plenty of opportunities for an easy, gentle or even challenging bike ride around the gorgeous scenery Somerset has to offer. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy including beaches, parks and countryside pubs for a quick break and a bite to eat along the way! For more information on national cycle routes, maps and to access a fantastic route planner, click here.
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