Mendip adventures

Over two days I cycled just shy of 100 miles around the Mendips. By ‘around’, I don’t mean ‘on’ or ‘through’, I mean literally around, in an effort to minimise the amount of hill-climbing I would have to do. I camped in Pilton, home of the Glastonbury festival site.

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This trip had a lot of firsts;

  • cycling with a tent
  • map-reading
  • camping on my own
  • almost all of the places en-route, including Cheddar, Wells and multiple small villages with funny-sounding names

14222198_10157337092275621_4337309328251083291_nI got to cycle through cider orchards, see sheep herded, and eat strawberry ice cream on the Strawberry Line, an old railway converted into a cycle path. And seeing places I’d heard of from supermarket labels (Wyke’s cheese anyone?) in real life was pretty cool.

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While the countryside was like something from a postcard, and I loved getting to cycle past people’s gardens and cottages, it was significantly harder than I expected. It was all down to the hills, and sadly I realised that while Bristol is a very hilly city, many of them are shorter and less steep than those in Somerset.

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I’d like to do something of this distance again – and I really loved the camping – but it would have to be somewhere flatter.

Now I’m off to rest my aching legs and enjoy some home comforts.