More great riding routes from Somerset to Glasgow’s Trossachs
According to a recent study by hire company Avis, the B3135 through Cheddar Gorge is one of the top five driving roads in the world. We’re not sure we’d go that far – but it’s certainly one of the best roads in Somerset. What’s so great about it is the sheer unexpected shock of it. One minute you’re riding through a quaint little village, with glimpses of the Mendip Hills rising above the rooftops. The next you’re funnelled between towering grey rock walls, the road coiling round hairpins and tight corners. Cheddar Gorge itself is relatively short, but taking in nearby Burrington Combe (the B3134) doubles the fun as it’s very nearly as spectacular – and has half the traffic.
Looping round through Chewton Mendip and Glastonbury makes for a really good rideout. It is worth mentioning the traffic because Cheddar Gorge is such a famous tourist attraction. By mid-afternoon at the weekends and in the school holidays there can be a lot of sightseers in the bottom of the Gorge. You’ll get the best from it with a mid-week or morning run. A quiet run through the Gorge really is something special, with the exhaust booming off the rock walls adding an extra aural treat. That’s when you realise just how good these corners are – gently climbing as they hug the foot of the cliff, tightening into hairpins and opening out into short straights. Get a clear run and you realise this really can feel like one of the best biking roads in the world. Just be careful of the local wildlife and the idiot grockles!
The B3135 is Gorge-ous road but can be packed with tourists during the summer