Mountain Biking UK

DUNSTER, EXMOOR

We’re keen to stretch our legs with a challenging ride in an inspiring landscape, as a break from slogging around the local trails. I’ve always enjoyed riding in the Quantock Hills, which are just east of here and closer to the M5, but Exmoor is like their big brother, filled with rugged open moorland punctuated by wooded combes and steep rocky hills. It also has some great winter-proof trails and more cafes for much-needed sustenance.

Named after the River Exe, this National Park is a former royal hunting ground. Now much of it is owned and managed by the National Trust, who work hard to provide excellent access to the outdoors for everyone to enjoy it, and have created a number of permissive tracks here. Of course, as a designated National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, there’s a balance required, so it’s important to ride only where permitted, and do so carefully, to maintain this delicate natural equilibrium.

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