See below for information on the 2023 route:
The exact route for the 2023 Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride will be confirmed much nearer the time (probably May/June 2023), however it's likely to be very similar to the 2022 version - so the description & links below should give you a good idea of what lies in store!
From the entrance to the Top of the Gorge Adventure Weekend site on top of the Mendips, the route starts with some lovely views and a thrilling descent before it soon brings riders to one of the highlights of the day - cycling up through the wonderful, world-famous Cheddar Gorge.
After 3 miles of climbing up through the Gorge, riders then travel across the top of the Mendips before the second fabulous descent of the day brings them to the eastern edge of the AONB area.
Or, if you're a very experienced rider and fancy taking on an extra descent & climb, you'll find our OPTIONAL section shortly after completing the Cheddar Gorge climb. But please note that it comprises an extremely steep and fast one-mile descent swiftly followed by a steep 1.5-mile climb - hence why it's really only for very experienced riders!
From Chewton Mendip riders then head towards the two wonderful lakes in the northern part of the area and, after a relatively flat and scenic route around Chew Valley Lake, a more challenging section takes riders around & across the western edge of Blagdon Lake before culminating with a short, sharp climb up through Blagdon village.
Then to round off a great day's cycling in style it's on to the second major climb of the day - the testing 3-mile ascent of Burrington Combe - after which riders head across the top to Yoxter before returning to the finish at the Activity site.
43 glorious miles, around 800m of climbing, and some fabulous sights along the way make this a cycling experience not to be missed!
If you'd like to see &/or download the standard (main) route map please click HERE (Garmin) or HERE (RidewithGPS).
And for the route INCLUDING the optional section please click HERE (Garmin) or HERE (RidewithGPS).
You will also be able to download a printable step-by-step route guide HERE once the 2023 route is confirmed.
We reserve the right at all times to amend the route if we anticipate particularly inclement weather or any other unfavourable conditions that might adversely impact safety and enjoyment on the day.