Known for its flat plains and rolling hills, Somerset is an extremely popular destination for cyclists. Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker or enjoy a gentle family cycle ride, there are plenty of routes to choose from across the county.
Somerset provides cyclists with plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track and to discover some of the area’s hidden treasures. Trails can be found through nature reserves, across sandy beaches and along disused railway lines, offering incredible views and plenty of fresh country air. You will be able to choose between mountain bike, off-road, circular and family routes, with options to suit all ages and abilities.
Some of the best known trails include:
South Somerset Cycle Route
The South Somerset Cycle Route provides an 80-mile track trail from Ilminster to Yeovil. It runs through country lanes and a number of pretty villages such as West Chinnock Hinton St George and Stoke Sub Hamdon. You can also detour to Crewkerne to check out its 15th century church and interesting historic buildings. Other highlights on the route include Ham Hill Country Park and the Elizabethan stone-built house at Montacute.
The Strawberry Line
The Strawberry Line, an 11-mile route which runs from Yatton to Cheddar and is so named because it was once used as a railway line to transport strawberries from Cheddar. From Yatton you will pass through Congresbury and Axbridge before arriving in Cheddar. The trail passes apple orchards, open fields and the River Yeo as well as woodland sections at King’s Wood and Rose Wood. You can have lunch on the Millennium Green and enjoy the wonders of Cheddar Gorge when you reach your destination.
The Stop Line Way
The Stop Line Way, a purpose-built railway line that runs from Chard to Ilminster, giving you a safe five-mile ride through stunning countryside. The trail starts in Stringfellow Park in Chard and takes you right into Ilminster town centre. Named after the Taunton Stop Line used during World War Two, there are plenty of reminders of the war along the way as well as a birdwatching haven at Chard Reservoir. More adventurous cyclists may wish to continue on to Bridgwater alongside the River Parrett.
Colliers Way, a route in north Somerset that links Dundas, Radstock and Frome, spanning 23 miles of breathtaking landscapes. The trail starts just outside Bath and extends from Limpley Stoke Valley in the north to Frome Valley in the south, following the former Somersetshire Coal Canal. Attractions along the way include a lavender farm, a trekking centre, a steam railway and a flooded quarry diving centre, in addition to many cafes and pubs.
Other interesting routes include:
- The open wetlands of the Somerset Levels. These trails offer gentle rides through an area of outstanding natural beauty.
- Challenging climbs through the Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock hills for more advanced cyclists.
- The heaths of Exmoor National Park, which offer incredible views and stunning wildlife.
- Picturesque routes through cities, towns and villages such as Bath, Wells, Glastonbury, Selworthy, Somerton, Oare, Dunster and Allerford.
If you don’t fancy visiting the above, but do like the idea of a gentle bike ride while on holiday, then HRU can help. We’ve got our very own bike hire centre, you novice cyclists don’t have to worry about bringing bikes. Hire bikes for the day and cycle to Brean Down, or around our Somerset campsite.
For more information about our cycle hire, speak to one of our friendly team on 01278 751235, or if you’re already on holiday with us, drop in to our reception.