Tuesday 26th October 2021
With the days getting colder and shorter, getting outside is still as important as ever.
Cycling is something that the whole family can enjoy! And with our latest On-Pack competition giving you a chance to win a Brompton electric bike, there’s no better time to reconnect with cycling.
From blowing away the cobwebs to getting you outside, there are lots of benefits to cycling. Did you know that cycling can decease stress levels, improve joint mobility, and raise your metabolic rate? (1)
We’ve had a think and pulled together some of our favourite cycle routes in the Somerset region:
This nature reserve in Somerset will not only give you some great views of wildlife, but their 3km and 1km woodland trails are perfect for a shorter cycling trip.
Langford Heathfield, is the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s second largest reserve, which means the woods are full of wildlife. A great place to visit with children or to try some bird spotting!
If you prefer to be in the city, then this short route takes you around Bristol’s famous docks and to the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
As you cycle along a pedestrian route, it’s perfect for beginner riders and those who prefer smoother routes. You can also stop along the way and visit one of the many cafés for a quick refreshment.
This 17-mile cycle route takes you along some beautiful scenery around Somerset. Starting in Bath centre, get out of the hustle and bustle of city life by following National Cycle Route 4 along the River Avon and the Avon Canal. This route finishes in the lovely Midsomer Norton.
A great way to explore the hillier cycle routes in Somerset is with an e-bike. Cheddar Bikes Hire provide e-bikes and bikes for hire to explore Cheddar Gorge and the Mendips Hills.
You can also look at their recommended cycle routes that range from 2 hours to 5 hours, catering for all your cycling needs.
If you need to motivation of others to get you cycling, then there a plenty of cycle groups in Somerset which you can join! From Bath, to Yeovil and Weston – there’s a group for everyone to join. You can even sign up your teens, and get them away from their screens for an afternoon.
If you’d like to have a go at planning your own route, here’s the full list of cycle routes in Somerset: Walking and cycling maps (somerset.gov.uk)
When you’re out and about on your bike, don’t forget the necessary essentials! Pack some water and snacks, like our Little Yeo pouches, always wear a helmet and ensure you have planned your route beforehand.
Or share your favourite route in the comments! Make sure you tag us on social media when you’re out and about, we’d love to see where you end up! – @yeovalley