Tiverton to Weston-super-Mare
This is a lovely easy ride that is perfect for families and cycling novices because it offers plenty of traffic-free bike paths and very little in the way of hills. It follows NCN route 3 from Tiverton Parkway in Devon and into Somerset; then you’ll follow Sustrans’ brand new route 33 up to Weston-super-Mare.
There were four of us on this trip and we really enjoyed the luxury of having plenty of time for stops. We definitely took full advantage of this! Over two days, we managed to fit in a couple of café stops, tea and cake at a village fete, sandwiches by a canal and a picnic on the beach.
The second day was pretty amazing, not least because it was the Air Show at Weston and the Red Arrows were doing their thing overhead. We also discovered that route 33 would take us along the beach for several miles. This was pretty challenging as it was hard to find stretches of sand that were hard enough to support our heavy bikes. We ended up walking some of it and diverting from the beach a bit early in search of some smooth tarmac to cycle on.
All in all, it was a lovely relaxing cycling weekend in a beautiful part of the country.
Tiverton Parkway to Taunton
19 miles / 31 km
There are clear signposts for NCN route 3 from the station at Tiverton Parkway and before long, you’ll be cycling on a gravelled towpath next to the Grand Western Canal. The only significant hill is just before Langford Budville. There’s a handy picnic bench at the top for a post-hill snack stop.
Taunton to Bridgwater
14 miles / 23 km
Before you leave Taunton, it’s worth stopping at The Shed café in Goodland Gardens. It’s on route 3, close to Taunton Castle. From there, you’ll pass the famous Somerset cricket ground and leave Taunton alongside the Bridgwater and Taunton canal. We stayed at the Walnut Tree Hotel in the village of North Petherton, close to Bridgwater.
Bridgwater to Burnham-on-Sea
16 miles / 26 km
From Bridgwater, it’s mostly quiet country lanes and one stretch of gravel path through the Somerset Levels. Look out for the village of Cossington where you’ll leave route 3 and turn onto NCN route 33 towards Burnham-on-Sea. At Burnham, head for the beach via a lovely cycle path along the River Brue estuary.
Burnham-on-Sea to Weston-super-Mare
11 miles / 18 km
You’ll cycle along the esplanade in Burnham until the NCN route 33 directs you onto the beach – tides permitting. It’s spectacular but hard work. We came off the beach at Beachside Holiday Park in Brean and recovered from our efforts in the Sundowner Café. Continue through Brean and you’ll get to Weston-super-Mare on a lovely new cycle path via Uphill.