We all have our favourite biking roads that we go back to time and time again. But if you fancy a bit of a change from your tried and tested routes, we have picked a few amazing rides that are absolutely worth a try!
These routes range from scenic mountain passes to thrilling sets of bends in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. And the great thing about them is that they are all surrounded by more brilliant biking roads, making it easy to have a full day of great riding.
Minehead to Lynmouth – Somerset & Devon, England
- Roads: A39
- Distance: 20 miles
- Time: 45 minutes
Starting from Minehead, ride south in order to pick up the A39; taking a right turn for a westerly direction. Filled with bends and lined with beautiful vistas, the road takes you south of Minehead’s impressive North Hill. Before long you come across a junction that leads into the village of Allerford, with its ford and packhorse bridge (worth stopping here for a cream tea).
Back on the A39, you hit the first of the ride’s ascents before dropping down into the village of Porlock. On the far side of the village you take a left turn to climb the Porlock Hill, which tests the best of engines as you clamber up its one-in-four gradient for more than a mile.
At the top you’re gifted to stunning views of Exmoor’s moorlands and the Welsh coastline on the far side of the Bristol Channel. Around five miles from Porlock you cross over from Somerset to Devon. You eventually head back towards the coast and descend down the Countisbury Hill into the town of Lynmouth.