Somerset is a great county for cyclists of all abilities. If you are not bringing your own bike then most tourist information centers will have contact details for local cycle hire companies. For some gentle cycling in Somerset, the flat landscape of the Levels make for a less strenuous ride. The landscape is crisscrossed with small dykes or “rhynes” and there are many picturesque towns and villages to visit along the way. For those wanting more of a challenge, there are the Mendips near Wells and Cheddar or the Quantocks north of Bridgwater, or you may prefer the wild landscape of Exmoor. Cycling in Somerset is a great way to appreciate the diverse scenery of this varied county.
The long-distance ‘West Country Way cycle route (Bristol to Padstow) passes through some beautiful parts of Somerset. Information about this and other cycle routes can be obtained from the local Tourist Information Office.
A number of accommodation providers make special provisions for cyclists and, to make your cycling in Somerset holiday even more enjoyable, there are some who will make arrangements for the transfer of luggage from one B&B; to another.
The Tour of Britain – the UK’s leading professional cycle race and the nation’s biggest live spectator event – is coming to Somerset on Tuesday 11 September 2007.
This, the third stage, starts at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at 1030AM and races through Somerton, Langport, Othery, and onto Taunton before it gets really interesting. From Taunton, the riders race up the A358 to Williton before entering the A39 for Porlock and Lynmouth. They then go through Exmoor traversing Simonsbath, Exford, and Wheddon Cross and then descend past Elworthy towards Bishops Lydeard where they rejoin the A358. The race is then on as they head to North Street in Taunton for the finish.
For more information on this event visit the website link below.