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. To help with route planning Exmoor National Park has produced a colour coded off-road cycle map that uses the Cycle Touring Club’s nationally recognised grading system, with routes ranging from green (easy) to black (very challenging). This and a number of route guides that will help you find a ride that matches your levels of fitness and skill are available in our on-line shop or in our National Park centres.
You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy off road cycling on Exmoor, and there are plenty of places where families and beginners can find a route.
When cycling off road please do so with consideration to other users, wildlife and the special qualities of Exmoor’s environment and follow our good practice advice for Mountain Biking:
* Ride only on permitted tracks, i.e. bridleways, restricted byways and permitted routes clearly identified on the ground or on up-to-date Ordnance Survey maps. For more information visit our Confidence in the Countryside pages.
* Give way to walkers and horses; control your speed and avoid bunching when travelling in large groups.
* Announce your presence when approaching horses and walkers from the rear, to avoid startling them, ideally with a bell as it is more friendly and less startling than a shout!
* Hard breaking and skidding can lead to soil erosion, particularly on the delicate moorland soils, so please brake sensibly and avoid excessively worn routes, especially during wet weather
* Follow the Countryside Code