|The Westcountry Way Route Companion Pack
| The Westcountry
Way strikes boldly across the south-western peninsula,
channel to channel, across two, strikingly different National
Dartmoor; a harsh, untamed upland of bleak heath peppered with
enigmatic granite monoliths; the distinctive tors (Torr is ancient
English for high rock). Exmoor; an enchanting mix of deep, oak-clad
combes and wind-swept heath bounded by the formidable cliffs
of Englandís most imposing coast. Cliff-tops off which the Westcountry
Way tumbles (see photo above) in a wild series of switch-backs
to meet the sea in Minehead. A fitting end for a fantastic ride.
Itís a ride defined by the difference between the Two Moors.
Dartmoorís a wilderness with a fearsome reputation for claiming
lost souls but the mountain bike experience is one of modulated
climbs, open heath, peat paths and big skies. Exmoorís landscape
is more intimate, tame even, but the bikingís riotous by comparison.
Itís big climb country for the Ďtrig-toppersí amongst us yet
Exmoor excels in twisting, singletrack descents and so do the
Quantocks, featured on the optional Taunton leg. An addition
we thoroughly recommend.
This fully updated, 2nd edition comes complete with 15 additional pages of mapping.
- Start: Plymouth
- Finish: Minehead or
- Distance: 130 miles
- Duration: 4-6 days
- Split to day rides:
add sections to loops easy
- Rail access: start,
middle and both finishes