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Stage 4: Withypool to Minehead – The West Country Way

Stage 4: Withypool to Minehead – The West Country Way

Difficult
04:08
23.5 mi
5.7 mph
2,850 ft
3,675 ft
Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
3.96 mi
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17.8 mi
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Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room

Bike Touring Highlight

18.6 mi
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Selworthy Beacon

Hiking Highlight

23.5 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 1.34 mi
Path: 15.6 mi
Cycleway: 0.55 mi
Street: 0.32 mi
Road: 5.14 mi
State Road: 0.56 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 16.7 mi
Paved: 3.24 mi
Asphalt: 2.83 mi
Unknown: 0.76 mi

Weather Forecast

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Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

January 22, 2020

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    The final stage of the West Country Way will take you across Exmoor National Park to your finish point of Minehead on the West Somerset coastline, looking across the Severn Estuary to South Wales not so far away. You have 24 miles (38 km) left to ride – hope you have the legs for it!

    Leave Withypool behind as you ride north to Exford on the moorland singletrack, where you’ll start the bridleway climb up Dunkery Beacon. Although on this route you don’t go right to the summit of this peak, the highest point on Exmoor, there’s nothing to stop you taking a small detour here if you’ve got plenty of time!

    Contour around the south east side of the peak on the Coleridge Way, into the woods near Brockwell and then around to the northern face. Descend off Luccombe Hill into Horner Woods; a paradise for mountain bikers!

    After a short stint on lanes you’ll reach the start of the climb up to Selworthy Beacon. Why not stop after the village at the Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room for lunch or tea before you reach the summit?

    Up on the top you’ll be treated to magnificent views on a clear day; spreading as far as South Wales, East Somerset and Glastonbury Tor, mid-Devon and the coastline below.

    Enjoy your last descent along the bridleway portion of the South West Coast Path down into minehead, hugging the weathered cliffs before reaching the hustle and bustle of the seaside town. Congratulations – you’ve conquered the West Country Way!

    • January 23, 2020

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Stage 4: Withypool to Minehead – The West Country Way

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