South Somerset Cycleway

This 80-mile circular cycle route showcases some of Somerset’s finest countryside and rural villages. It comes highly recommended if you’re looking for a challenge in the South West of England.

Running largely on country lanes through gentle hills and vales, the South Somerset Cycleway takes in a number of pretty towns and places of historic interest.

With rail access at Yeovil Junction, Sherborne and Castle Cary, you can also attempt the route in sections.

You’ll want to set time aside to enjoy the beautiful Ham Hill Country Park, which includes an Iron Age hill fort and gives views of the South Somerset Moors, Exmoor and the Mendip Hills.

Nearby, the Elizabethan stone-built mansion, Montacute House, has a brilliant park and gardens and is well worth exploring.

For those interested in the history of the area, the route also runs close to the Tudor house of Barrington Court.

Other highlights include Somerton, with its tithe barn and market cross, and Castle Cary with its picturesque old buildings.

Dipping into north west Dorset, the route also takes you to Sherborne. Here, you’ll see medieval buildings, an abbey and two castles, one a 12th-century ruin and the other a 16th-century manor.

The South Somerset Cycleway has everything you need for a challenging bike ride through one of the most inspiring corners of the West Country.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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