Cycling

CYCLING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

For a gentle cycling holiday, the Somerset Levels and Moors close to Knoll Farm provide a beautiful, rustic landscape; criss-crossed with small dykes or 'rhynes' and dotted with picturesque villages and towns and some excellent watering holes!! Bikes can be hired locally although we recommend that the keen cyclist bring their own bikes.

For the cycling enthusiast - try one some of these local routes:

A Cheddar Valley Circuit (14 miles) This ride uses country roads and the Axbridge - Cheddar cycle track to provide a circuit through the rural landscape of the Cheddar Valley, with wonderful views of the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge.

Bridgwater - Burrowbridge Circuit (15 miles) This ride is an almost entirely flat circuit on cycle tracks and country lanes through the Somerset Levels and Moors, between Bridgwater and Burrowbridge.  

A Polden Circuit (10 miles) This ride uses country lanes and the delightful Bawdrip - Cossington cycle track to provide a circuit of attractive villages on the north and south sides of the gentle Polden Hills.  

Polden Villages and Burtle This ride uses country lanes on the north side of the Polden Hills and adjacent moors to provide a pleasant easy-going circuit in an attractive Levels and Moors landscape, including views towards Glastonbury Tor.

The Peat Moors Cycle Route (24 miles) A mostly flat circular tour, easily divisible, explores a landscape which has spent most of its history under water. The terrain is the results of man's efforts at controlling these flat, lonely peat moors: elevated river banks, sea defences and ditches, with their hedgeless, reclaimed meadows, slow moving stretches of water and long, straight roads.

The Withy Way Cycle Route (22 miles) This  tour in the heartland of King Alfred is rich in history, wildlife and flora. Often following pre-1800 road patterns, it divides into two 11 mile circular tours.

The Isle Valley Cycle Route (28 miles) This beautiful, circular route, undulating and pastoral, takes in cider orchards and gardens, lovely hamlets and buildings of golden Ham stone, ancient churches, cottages, mansion houses and farmsteads, and even deserted villages.

The Avalon Marshes Cycle Route (28 miles) A circular route taking its name from the internationally-renowned wetland in the Brue Valley. As the peat workings become exhausted, the area is being restored to wetland to recapture the spirit of Somerset.

 
MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Mendip Hills are home to one of Britain's longest running mountain biking events, "The Cheddar Challenge" There are a number of routes in the Mendips for Mountain Biking, The area around Beacon Batch and Black Down boasts some great trails, with steep and narrow descents, plenty of jumps and bumps, and even one or two rocky sections.

The Mendip Fat Tyre Trails are three circular routes graded easy, moderate or difficult/severe. They criss cross the Mendip Hills so you can do different parts to suit your ability or link them up for longer rides.

BMX

Somerset is now a hotbed for BMX racing talent, and is home to two of the best tracks in the UK, one at Cheddar and one at Burnham on Sea. The 2006 National BMX Series, which took place in Burnham and Cheddar.

Burnham BMX Club operate the BMX Track at Apex Park. The fees to use the track are £3 for non members. The club requires riders to be a BCF member which includes insurance.

Knoll Farm Cottages
BMX track
Knoll Farm Cottages
BMX track
Knoll Farm Cottages
Cyclers enjoying the view
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Countryside cycling
Knoll Farm Cottages
Countryside cycling
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Countryside cycling