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Cycling around Exmoor

Cycling and Mountain Biking on Exmoor

Bring your cycle and enjoy Exmoor's absence of traffic and explore its peaceful roads winding through magnificent countryside, find your own pub, café or tea shop for relaxing refreshment. Choose between the upper routes for wide panoramas or the valleys for cool wooded views and perhaps stop for a picnic by a sparkling stream. If you don't want the bother of bringing your bike with you, you can always hire one locally.

On road or off-road

Although Exmoor is hilly, it offers cycling for all. Its hills present challenges to road cyclists and off-road enjoyment to mountain bikers. For others, some map reading and route planning will reward with less energetic routes. For example, relatively easy road cycling routes can be followed along the top of Exmoor, down its valleys and around its lower slopes. Pick a route somewhere between Raleghs Cross on the eastern side and Simonsbath further west. Or drive up to another upland area and cycle from there, e.g. up from Minehead, on to North Hill and Selworthy Beacon.

Miles of bridleways

Besides its roads and quiet lanes, Exmoor has hundreds of miles of bridleways and roads used as public paths (RUPP's). There is considerable scope for exploration and freedom to discover your own style of routes. The Ordnance Survey Map Outdoor Leisure 9, with its clear marking of the various rights of way, is a good starting reference. More specific leaflets showing designated cycle routes are available from the various information and visitor centres. An example is around the Crown Estate's woods to the south of Dunster, starting at Nutcombe Bottom, in the National Trust's Holnicote Estate between Porlock and Exford and around Wimbleball Reservoir near Brompton Regis.

National Cycle Route

Choose a comfortable base and explore from there or plan a series of one night stops to explore over longer distances - e.g. SUSTRAN's part of the National Millenium Cycle Route between Bampton on the eastern side of the park, through Dulverton, over Molland Common to leave the western side of the moor near Bratton Fleming.

Exmoor Cycle Route

On Tuesday 11th September 2007, the Tour of Britain wound its way through the steep and dramatic combes of Exmoor.

On Exmoor, we have teamed up to bring you the permanent Tour of Britain circular route following in the wheel marks of the professionals. The route makes a fantastic weekend or a challenging day ride and is the perfect way to explore the best that Exmoor has to offer.

Tour of Britain Exmoor Cycling Route 2007

It is a fantastic ride whether taken at cyclosportive speeds or an extended two or three day tour, with time to enjoy some of the sights and attractions along the way. You can start or finish anywhere you choose along the route, Minehead offers the best public transport links so you don't need to bring the car. Route details here.

BACKGROUND

The permanent Tour of Britain Exmoor Cycle Route provides you with an opportunity to pit yourself against the professionals, giving you a taste of what they experienced when they raced across Exmoor.

The total length of the South West stage was 112 miles, but the toughest section of the whole Tour was undoubtedly the route through Exmoor. The 60 miles of the Exmoor Cycle Route gives you the opportunity to ride the Exmoor section (plus a little extra) from the Tour's 2007 South West stage. Not only did Exmoor provide the most challenging section of the race, it was also the most beautiful. From the open moorland of Brendon Common to the picturesque villages of Porlock and Lynmouth, this cycle route will take your breath away.

This cycle route was devised and developed by Active Exmoor, Somerset County Council, Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA) and Steve Crossman (organiser of the Exmoor Explorer) and is based upon the 2007 Tour of Britain South West stage. Support was provided by the Exmoor Sustainable Development Fund to help encourage cycle tourism on Exmoor.

 

Specialist providers for riders

Some accommodation providers may offer a service of driving you up on to the Moor for you to cycle back. Some more specialist services are dedicated to cycling breaks and holidays. See Exmoor Adventures for details.

1SW Cycle Adventures has produced a very useful interactive Google Map showing Green, Blue, Red and Black Trails, their locations, terrain and much more. To view this map click here.

If you don't want to bring your bike with you, then hiring is an option since several places offer this.

Tourist Information Centres and Visitor Centres