More great rid­ing routes from Som­er­set to Glas­gow’s Trossachs

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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

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