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Exmoor Cycle Route Cycle Route

England > Somerset > Minehead
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameExmoor Cycle Route
Distance : miles (km)62.94  (101.29)
Posted ByR Hayes
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationPorlock
End LocationPorlock
Cycle Steps
The permanent route will start from the new TIC in Minehead to utilise bike hire and public transport links and will head to Porlock, Lynmouth, Simonsbath, Exford, Wheddon Cross, Elworthy Burrows and then take a left to Washford and back into Minehead. The circular route will be approximately 60 miles taking is the 56 miles of the 2007 Tour of Britain race.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Pompay's in Minehead
Exmoor National Park

Near By Cycle Shops
Porlock Cycle Hire
Your comments?
posted by:tbs123Rating : difficult :
Does the route take the toll road from Porlock or the main road? As far as I understand, the toll road requires a £1 toll halfway up, is that correct?

posted by:Jim VafidisRating : difficult :
This route involves a series of major ascents and can be defeating if you're not used to it. There are stunning views on the ride with clear views of the South Wales coast (my home). The toll road is one of the major ascents, and given you have to pay £1 you can expect immaculate fresh tarmac, a beautiful setting in a sweet chestnut forest and absolutely no traffic in either direction- well worth a squid!
The route is not well marked but luckily it follows main roads- pick up a copy of the route from the visitor centre before setting off.

posted by:Mark BaylissRating : difficult :
I've cycled most of the route (apart from Countisbury ->Lynton ->Simonsbath) on other rides:

The Worthy Toll Road (not the £1 one) from Porlock was free when used it but is a 16% "grind" for ca. 1 mile.

An alternative to the descent into Lynton via the A39 would be to go via Rockford - any thoughts on this?

posted by:Mark BaylissRating : difficult :
I've done most of the route (apart from the Countisbury->Lynmouth->Simonsbath section) on other rides.

There is a steeper alternative toll (free!) road apart from the £1 one reached via Porlock Weir. This has a 1 mile section of 16% gradient though! And the road surface isn't brilliant either.

Would going through Rockford, rather than the A39 into Lyton/Lynmouth be nicer and safer?

posted by:Susan KumlebenRating : difficult :
Hi. Is anyone riding all or part of this route in Saturday , April 20? I''m coming to Devon for the Easter weekend with my racing bike and would love to join a group. We are staying in Martinhoe just to the West. Cheers. 07432 599 630

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