Routes

Road Cycling

Mountain Biking

Route 30 runs through the heart of Merriott along Church Street and right past The Feed Station’s front door, spanning from Ilminster to East Coker and linking onto many other routes, all of which can be found on the National Cycle Network website www.sustrans.org.uk.

Somerset, Devon and its surrounds offer the most stunning scenery, safe quiet roads, varying terrain from the flats of the Somerset Levels, to some of the greatest challenging climbs of Cheddar Gorge, Crowcombe Combe, Dunkery Beacon, Challacombe and Rundelstone, to name but a few.  Whatever type of cycling you are looking for, be it a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride or setting your Strava for one of these iconic climbs, our beautiful Counties have it all.

South West Cycling

Cheddar Gorge is an interesting climb through the beautiful limestone gorge of Cheddar, Somerset. Climbing gently out of the village of Cheddar, the road starts to snake upwards at a gradient of up to 16% round some twisty corners. It is a tough start to the climb, but the remaining couple of km are a much gentler gradient, allowing you the opportunity to take it at your own pace as you climb away from the gorge and onto to the top of the moor.

Challacombe is located on the North West coast of Devon. Starting near the sea, the first 0.25 miles are a gentle introduction, lulling the rider into a false sense of security. But, then the climb ramps up close to 25%, and maintains an average gradient of 20% for half a mile.

Rundlestone is another long Devonshire climb in the heart of Dartmoor. Starting from the town of Tavistock, the climb goes East through the village of Merrivale towards Princetown and the top of Barn Hill. It is a long undulating climb, with the hardest point coming mid-way as you go up ‘Pork Hill’. It is never really severe, averaging 8-10%. The next mile is actually downhill, so will come as welcome relief as you go into the tiny village of Merrivale. Merrivale is most famous for a series of nearby Bronze Age stones. After you cross the small river Walkham beyond Merrivale, there is the last part of the climb – another couple of miles of variable gradient.  The significant respite and downhill definitely makes it a climb of two parts. At the end there is a net height gain of 350m, but you will have done more climbing.

Dunkery Beacon is a really tough climb from the village of Porlock towards the top of Exmoor. There is 326 m of climbing in just 3 km. It starts off with a tough steep section of 15-17%. Mid way, you get a brief respite as you come out of the trees, but then the climb picks up again. Towards the end, the climb gets even steeper – 17% for a considerable length of time.

The Somerset Levels is excellent for cycling. Sandwiched between the Mendip and Quantock Hills are flat pleasant cycle routes in the Levels, a coastal plain and wetland area so called for its flatness and home to many fascinating towns like Glastonbury and Wells. The iconic Glastonbury Tor can be seen for miles around and the town has a real spiritual feel; Wells is home to a 12th century cathedral and much other historic architecture. Cheddar Gorge, famous in its own right for its stunning views, caves and cheese making traditions.

Crowcombe Combe is a very steep climb in Somerset. Less than a mile long, it climbs a crazy 188m in just 0.7 miles, with a 25% gradient at the top.

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