More great rid­ing routes from Som­er­set to Glas­gow’s Trossachs

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Far too many of us sim­ply pass on by the Mendip Hills as we head south on the M5 to­wards the West Coun­try. Well, why not take a break and spend a few hours ex­plor­ing one of the quirki­est parts of the UK?

There are many po­ten­tial start­ing points, but we have cho­sen Chel­wood as it is on the A37 head­ing south of Bris­tol. You will know when you en­ter the best of the Mendips as the cliffs ei­ther side of the road loom over you.

The run through Ched­dar Gorge is spec­tac­u­lar with tight cor­ners and high cliff faces. There are a few patches of water run­ning across the road, not to men­tion goats and sheep.

Head­ing through the Mendips is a won­der­ful ride as it is quite hilly with twisty B-roads that are gen­er­ally well sur­faced. Once you pass through the Mendips the A39 is a fast main road that leads through Wells to Glas­ton­bury. This vil­lage, which gives its name to the fes­ti­val, is one of the quirki­est in the UK! Give the Tor a quick visit, and if you see a dis­carded cup, just check it isn’t the Holy Grail...

Ched­dar Gorge was formed as Pa­sos and K1s eroded the lo­cal lime­stone hills

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