XC Ride Away – Sunday 13th March

This month I'll be leading a ride across the Quantock hills starting from Triscombe car park. To avoid parking issues we'll aim to leave The Cheese and Grain car park Frome by 8am.

As always you will need a good quality, well maintained bike with plenty of brake pad material, a helmet and suitable clothing (No Denim!!) and spares i.e. - spare tubes, power links etc. There is no bike shop or cafe on site!

We will car pool as much as possible to keep costs down, can anyone who can drive and take bikes and passengers please let us know.

Meet: Frome Cheese & Grain 07:45
Distance: 14-18 miles (can add more if need be  )
Climbing: Plenty!
Time: 2.5 – 4hrs (I expect it to be more like 4hrs)

These tails aren't officially graded, I personally don't think the trails I intend using are anymore technical than the trails we use around Longleat on our Tuesday night rides with the exception of 'The Chimney' which you wont have to ride if you're not confident.


The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquility. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape.

The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which means that its distinctive character, natural beauty and cultural heritage are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them.

Our ride will lead us in and out of various combs as we make our way across the hills so expect plenty of climbing and have a good meal the night before and a good breakfast the morning of our ride. We will reach the farthest point from our cars about lunchtime and wont be passing any shops so bring something to eat with you and plenty to drink.

Whatever the weather forecast on the day you will need to wear something windproof as an outer layer and / or carry a waterproof, the weather can changer quickly and at this time of year there Will be a cold wind!

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