The flat landscape of the Avalon Marshes is perfect for cyclists with quiet lanes, droves and cycle paths. Route 3 of the National Cycle Network runs through the Avalon Marshes connecting Glastonbury, Wells and Bridgwater, and nearby Route 33 provides a link with Highbridge Station. The old railway track links the Avalon Marshes Centre with Glastonbury and runs through the centre of Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall natures reserves. Ordnance Survey (OS) Landranger map 182 covers the whole of the Avalon Marshes and shows public roads, bridleways and restricted byways which are all open to bikes. It also shows the National Cycle Network routes.
The roads and old railway track are suitable for road bikes. Some of the droves can be rough and are more suited to mountain bikes. You should also note that not all of the droves are public rights of way (you can use OS Landranger map 182 or OS Explorer maps 140 and 141 to check).
We have developed four circular cycle routes which take in the best of the area and tell you about the heritage you will find along the way. All of our routes are suitable for road bikes and include lots of opportunities for refreshment. The routes:-
11 Miles (17km) – Easy with with one short hill climb
This interesting cycle route takes you around the north western corner of the Avalon Marshes area. Lots of pubs and even a Cider Farm along the route! The villages of Mark or East Huntspill make good starting points.
13 Miles (21km) – Easy (with two short sections of busy main road)
This cycle route explores the eastern marshes including Queen’s Sedge Moor, Hearty Moor, Kennard Moor and the green fringes of the Isle of Avalon.
16 Miles (26km) – Flat (other than some bumpy bits!)
Covering the central Avalon Marshes, this route takes in three National Nature Reserves and the sites of the Lake Villages. Plenty of places for refreshment along the route.
18 Miles (29km) or two shorter loops – A climb onto the Polden Ridge
This route links the Avalon Marshes Centre and the villages of Westhay, Burtle, Edington, Chilton Polden and Cossington. It takes you through a landscape of big skies and long views. There is lots of history and heritage on the way (and several refreshment stops).