Cycling

Cycling

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 Wells Glastonbury, Bridgwater and Taunton. Route 33 pases through the West of the marshes and provides a link with Highbridge Station. Route 26 runs eastwards from Glastonbury and links with Castle Cary and its station. The Bittern Trail is a walking and cycling link between Glastonbury and the Avalon Marshes Centre. It runs through the centre of Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall nature reserves. These are shown on the map at the bottom of this page.

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. More information about the National Cycle Network can be found on the Sustrans website.

The roads and track through the nature reserves 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). To help you explore we have developed four Heritage Cycling Routes.

Bittern Trail IconThe Bittern Trail

The Bittern Trail is a waymarked cycle and walking route that links Glastonbury and the Avalon Marshes Centre. The bulk of its route is traffic free running through Ham wall and Shapwick Heath nature reserves. This provides lots of interest on your way with wildlife all around you, lots of history and a very special landscape.

To find out more you can pick up a Bittern Trail leaflet at Glastonbury Information Centre located right in the centre of the town or from the Avalon Marshes Centre. You can also download a copy here.

 

Heritage Cycle Routes

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:-

 

Cider_Cripps_Cover-640Cider & Cripps

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.

Download here

 

 

Eastern_Moors_Cover_640Eastern Moors

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.

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Reserves_Lake_V_Cover_640Reserves & Lake Villages

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.

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Roman_Salt_Cover_640Roman Saltworks & Peat Moors

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).

Download here

 

Cycle Links Map

This map show the National Cycle Network routes within the Avalon Marshes area, the Bittern Trail and the locations of our nature reserves and and other places to visit.

  • You get a better view full screen – click on the top right icon – the “square”
  • Now use the menu, click on name see where the feature is and find out more
  • Or, click on the feature to find out more.
  • Use the + and – to zoom in and out

 

 

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