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MAP: 9 best cycle routes in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 September 2017

9 best cycle routes in Somerset.

9 best cycle routes in Somerset.

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We are lucky enough to have a wide variety of views at our fingertips in Somerset, from the River Avon down to the peaks of the Mendip Hills. Here is our selection of top cycle routes for all abilities:

The Strawberry Line. The Strawberry Line.

Strawberry Line

Possibly one of Somerset’s most popular cycle paths, the Strawberry Line offers eight miles of beautiful scenery from Yatton to Cheddar.

It follows the former Great Western Railway route of the same name which carried passengers and freight trains from 1869 to 1965.

The route, which is mostly flat, is also used by walkers, runners and horse riders and offers an enjoyable day out for a single rider or the whole family.

Ashton Court

The Nova Trails around Ashton Court offer something for the avid mountain bikers, spanning across four miles.

The route, which has been used since the early 1990s, was updated in 2011 and now is very weather-resistant – so you have no excuse for cancelling your cycle ride due to rain.

Newer riders can try the easier routes while experienced mountain bike riders can put their abilities to the test on the trail’s undulating surface to gain speed.

Ashton to Pill loop

This 15-mile route is a bit more challenging but will provide some magnificent views of the River Avon.

Starting from Bristol’s Queen Square, head straight on to the waterfront and follow the river through Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve up to the M5 and then back again.

Leigh Woods near Clifton. Picture: Graham Duerden, Flickr Leigh Woods near Clifton. Picture: Graham Duerden, Flickr

Leigh Woods

This route is shorter in length but it filled with a variety interesting sights.

The Yer Tiz route follows one of the unofficial trails through the woods and includes a short skills area, with different obstacles, and a loop of the woods.

Bradley Stoke Loop

Cycle through this family town and take in the lovely countryside views as you go.

The whole loop is 23 miles in length and will take around three hours to complete so isn’t for the faint hearted.

But there are plenty of spots in the town where you can catch you breath, refuel and enjoy a cup of tea... or a cider.

Weston-super-Mare Promenade

If you fancy something a bit easier then look no further than Weston’s seafront promenade.

The 1.4-mile stretch is completely flat and will provide a relaxing short cycle ride to get the blood pumping.

The route between Uphill and Brean Down (Picture: Greenways & Cycleroutes) The route between Uphill and Brean Down (Picture: Greenways & Cycleroutes)

If you fancy something a bit more strenuous then why not try making your way to Uphill beach or up to the look out point over Birnbeck Pier.

Brean Down cycle path

This cycle path is one of the newest in the area after opening in July.

The five-mile route from Uphill to Brean Down will take riders through the Walborough Nature Reserve and offers stunning views of Weston’s coastline.

The Mendip Hills (Picture: Simon Williams). The Mendip Hills (Picture: Simon Williams).

The Mendip Hills

Miles of trails await beginner and experienced riders in the Mendip Hills.

The breath-taking views will help you power through the steep climbs and then you can pick up speed on the downhill stretch.

Cheddar Gorge. Cheddar Gorge.

This route runs for 13 and a half miles and includes on-road cycling, just be wary of the busier roads.

Cheddar Gorge

Cycle through one of Somerset’s most remarkable landmarks and stop for a walk through the village’s wide variety of local businesses.

The gorge, which spans around three miles, is a popular tourist destination so you will be spoilt for choice if you fancy taking a break.

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