Challenge yourself to a climb and reap the rewards of splendid views, or take a more leisurely cycle ride through historic villages and delightful countryside.

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3 Cycling routes found in the Blackdown HIlls AONB

Hemyock, Uffculme and Culmstock

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 11 miles (18 km), with an optional shorter route of 7 miles (11 km)
A leisurely ride, with a climb near the start. On your way you'll see Coldharbour Mill, a yew tree growing out of a church tower, and the beacon house on Culmstock Common.

One of eight cycle routes in the Blackdown Hills AONB – Route 1

Start: The public car park in Hemyock (100 metres from the Catherine Wheel)

Main route (11 miles)

  1. Turn left out of the car park and left just after the Catherine Wheel
  2. Turn right at Lickham Cross
  3. At crossroads (Leigh Cross) go straight, signposted Leigh
  4. At junction turn right
  5. At junction turn left
  6. At junction turn right, signposted Ashill, Uffculme
  7. At junction (Cemetery Corner) turn left on to main road, signposted Uffculme
  8. Turn right in Uffculme just before the Ostler Inn
  9. At Penslade Cross go straight over, signposted Penslade
  10. At junction turn right
  11. At crossroads (Higher Cross) go straight over, signpost Nicholashayne
  12. Turn first right
  13. At crossroads turn right on to main road, signposted Culmstock
  14. Turn left at village hall in Culmstock and then first right by red phone box
  15. Turn right at Whitehall Cross, signposted Hemyock
  16. At junction turn left, signposted Hemyock
  17. Turn right and return to car park

Shorter route (7 miles) – replaces stages 5 — 14

  • At junction turn right, signposted Culmstock
  • At junction turn right
  • Turn first right after Culm Valley Inn and go through residential area to reach main road
  • Turn right on to road

Look out for:

Culmstock: Note the yew tree growing out of the church tower and the beacon house on Culmstock Common above the village.

Uffculme: Coldharbour Mill Working Museum, www.coldharbourmill.org.uk

Maps:

This route is based on OS Explorer maps and is intended as a guide to cyclists. Refer to Explorer 128 or Landranger 192 and 193 when planning your visit.

Safety:

Take extra care at junctions and bends. Take particular care when travelling between sections 1 and 2, the main road into Uffculme at 8, crossing the road at 9 and the 83391 between 13 and 14, as these are busy roads. A special characteristic of the Blackdown Hills AONB is its high hedges, which can restrict visibility, particularly in summer.

Grid reference: ST 135 132

Nearest postcode: EX15 3RA

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Hemyock, Blackborough, Broadhembury and Sheldon

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Medium Difficulty. Distance Main route 22 miles (35.5 km); shorter routes 7 miles (11 km) or 12 miles (19 km)
A moderate to challenging 22 mile ride, with two optional shorter routes. This route takes in a 16th century village, Devon's finest prehistoric hillfort and evidence of whetstone mining.

One of eight cycle routes in the Blackdown Hills AONB – Route 2

Start: The public car park in Hemyock (100 metres from the Catherine Wheel pub)

Main route — 22 miles
  1. Turn left out of the car park and left just after the Catherine Wheel pub
  2. Turn right at Lickham Cross
  3. At crossroads go straight over, signposted Leigh
  4. At junction turn left
  5. At junction turn right and then go over ford
  6. At junction turn left, signposted Hayne, Bodminscombe, Sheldon and then first right
  7. At junction turn left
  8. Turn right at Downlands Cross, sign-posted Kerswell, Cullompton. Just past Knowles
  9. Wood car park, take the unsigned road on the left
  10. Turn left at Windwhistle Cross
  11. At crossroads (Causeway End) turn left, signposted Broadhembury Follow through Broadhembury then turn right at Broadhembury Cross
  12. At junction turn left on to main road and left again, signposted Dunkeswell
  13. At crossroads (Turbary Cross) go straight over, signposted Blackborough
  14. Turn second right at Golden Lane Cross, signposted Sheldon, and follow for 3 miles, passing through Sheldon
  15. Turn right, signposted Ashill and follow for 3/4 mile, then turn right signposted to Leigh and go over the ford
  16. Turn first left and continue until reaching T-junction
  17. At junction turn right, signposted Culmstock
  18. At junction with Uffculme Road turn right into village and continue over river
  19. Turn first right after Culm Valley Inn into Harts Row, through residential area
  20. At junction, turn right
  21. Turn right at Whitehall Cross, signposted Hemyock
  22. At junction turn left, signposted Hemyock
  23. Turn right and return to public car park
Shorter route (A) — 7 miles (replaces stages 4-16):
  • At junction turn right then go to instruction 17
Shorter route (B) — 12 miles (replaces stages 8-14):
  • Turn second left at Golden Lane Cross, signposted Sheldon, then go to instruction 15
Look out for:

Broadhembury: probably the most complete 16th century village in Devon.

Hembury Hillfort: the finest prehistoric hillfort in Devon with massive defensive ramparts. Access via the public footpath off the A373.

Blackborough: whetstones used for sharpening tools were mined here in the 18th century.

Maps:

This route is based on OS Explorer maps and is intended as a guide to cyclists. Refer to Explorer 115 and 128 or Landranger 192 and 193 when planning your visit.

Safety:

Take extra care at junctions and bends. Take particular care when travelling between sections 1 and 2, along the A373 at 12, between 18 and 19, between 22 and 23, as these are busy roads. A special characteristic of the Blackdown Hills AONB is its high hedges, which can restrict visibility, particularly in summer.

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Wellington, Buckland Wood and Hemyock

Medium Difficulty. Distance 17 miles (27 km); optional easy route 4 miles (6.5km)
A circular route from Wellington town to Hemyock and back, via Buckland Wood. On bank holidays from April to August you can visit Hemyock Castle too.

One of eight cycle routes in the Blackdown Hills AONB – Route 3

From Wellington town to Hemyock and back. On bank holidays from April to August you can visit Hemyock Castle too.

 

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