Exmoor is recognised as one of the best and most challenging off-road cycling destinations in the UK. The combination of a beautiful and varied landscape and an excellent network of bridleways, lanes and other permitted tracks provide ample opportunity for cyclists to enjoy some fantastic rides.
This ride promises to include some of the finest descents available in Exmoor national park. It starts with a long tarmac climb, followed by a short ascent across the moor to Dunkery beacon, the highest point in Exmoor. If the weather is on our side it is possible to see across the Bristol Channel to Wales as well as spectacular views across Exmoor national park. We then descend on a mixture of moorland and rocky tracks to the village of Exford where we will stop for lunch in one of the pubs or tea rooms. Post lunch is a climb along tracks back up to Dunkery beacon. From there follows an awesome 4.5km rocky descent with loose rocks to keep you on your toes and a grin on your face. A sharp left turn is followed by a singletrack climb, then a bit of tarmac (And a deceptively deep Ford) and grassy climb which leads to another awesome steep and twisty descent on loose rock. The final part is downhill through Horner Woods, following the river back to the car park.
Who is it suitable for: – This ride does cover a long distance and has a lot of climbing so is not a “novice friendly” ride. That said, the intention is to take it easy up the climbs and have plenty of stops to catch your breath. The ride leader is a bit of a plodder and as always no one will be left behind. The descending is of a similar technicality to a Red graded trail center.
What to bring: Change for the carpark. Cash for the tea room / Pub or a packed lunch. Plenty of fluid and snacks as we will be out most of the day. As always bring a spare tube and repair kit. Waterproof Jacket is a good idea as it has been known to rain in Exmoor.