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Cycle Routes in the Blackdown Hills

The Blackdown Hillslie on the borders ofDevonandSomersetoffers excellent on-road cycling on mainly quiet country lanes. The suggested routes above are suitable for reasonably fit and experienced cyclists. You will encounter some challenging hill climbs - worth it for the wonderfulviews and exhilarating downhill stretches.

Shorter options:-

Route 1:Hemyock, Uffculme, Culmstock11 miles, circularDownload

Route 2: Hemyock, Blackborough, Sheldon22 miles, circularDownload        

Route 3:Wellington, Buckland Wood, Hemyock17miles, circularDownload

Route 4:Honiton, Luppitt, Combe Raleigh11miles, circularDownload

Route 5:Churchinford, Upottery ,CulmValley18 miles, circularDownload

Route 6:Honiton, Stockland, Upottery20 miles, circularDownload

Route 7:Yarcombe, Stockland, Upottery19 milesDownload

Route 8:Stockland, Yarcombe, Membury17 miles, circularDownload

Further information onThe Blackdown Hills

 

 

Avon Cycleway85 miles, circular


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South Somerset Cycle Route80 miles, circular Download

South Somerset Rural Cycle Trail20 miles, circular Download

North SomersetRural Cycle Route Lots of highlighted quiet roadsto use to explore North Somerset. Download (4.5mb)

 


The River Avon Trail23 miles, linear

The Trail runs from Pill inNorth SomersettoPulteneyBridge,Bath.The Trail, which used to be known as the Avon Walkway, has been upgraded so that much of it can now be used by cyclists, as well as walkers. The section between Conham and Hanham is a public bridlepath, permitting horse riding. The River Avon Trail is described here from west to east but it can just as easily be walked in the other direction, or in sections. Many connecting paths and trails can also be accessed from the route. The Trail passes through the historic harbourvillage ofPill, the spectacular Avon Gorge, the modern city and ancient port ofBristol, the beautiful countryside where theAvonValleymeets theCotswold Hillsand ends at the famousPulteneyBridgein the Georgian city ofBath. Although the Trail goes no further, the river continues upstream to its source near Sherston in theCotswold Hills. Download Further information on theRiver Avon Trail

 

 

Coleridge Way33 miles, circular

Bridleway suitable for cycling trail ride through a stunning variety of scenery alternating between open panoramic views and deep wooded combes.In the Footsteps of the Romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 -1834.Through the Quantock Hills, theBrendonHillsandExmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work. From Nether Stowey on the Quantock Hills, where Coleridge lived for three years, cycle the quiet and unspoilt northern fringes of the Quantock Hills through the villages of Holford, West Quantoxhead and Bicknoller, the little known Brendon Hills through the villages of Monksilver, Roadwater and Luxborough, across Lype Hill to Wheddon Cross,the remoteExmoormoorland fringes of Dunkery Hill. Every village has at least one pub to provide you with welcome refreshment.

Nether Stowey to Monksilver section

Monksilver to Luxborough section

Luxborough to Exford section

Further information:www.coleridgeway.co.uk

 

 

The Colliers Way23 miles, linear

Through rolling countryside, the route follows the route of the oldSomersetshire Coal Canalwhich was superseded by a railway and has now been transformed for leisure use. Further information onThe Colliers Way

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North Somerset Cycle Maps 
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WATERSIDE CYCLING

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal14 miles, linear Download

 

 

 

FAMILY CYCLING

North SomersetFamily Explorer Ten short cycle rides for families and less experienced cyclists. Download

 

The Strawberry Line8 miles, linear  The Strawberry Line Heritage Trail is an 8 mile traffic-free route through the heart ofNorth Somersetlinking the Levels to the Mendip Hills. Part of the Great Western Railway, the Strawberry Line was completed in 1869. It became an important line for passengers and freight carrying dairy produce, stone, and, of course, the famous Cheddar strawberries from which it takes its name. The line was busy for nearly a century until it was closed in 1965. Since then the line has been reclaimed by nature and is now a Local Nature Reserve managed to protect and enhance a rich variety of wildlife habitats from ponds and wetlands to limestone grassland and dense scrub. Download