Explore Somerset by bike
The Strawberry Line
Traffic-free for most of the route, the Strawberry Line is a level path ideal for a day out by bike. Along the way, you’ll pass cider apple orchards, woods, fields and valleys. The route runs for 9 miles from Yatton station to Cheddar.
Ride your rented bicycle through countryside and across streams. There are two small hills on this short stretch of the route.
Ride traffic free
Most of the route is traffic-free making it ideal for young and less confident cyclists. You cross the A370 at Congresbury using the pelican crossing. At Sandford, there is a short stretch of a country lane. You have to cycle through the quiet village of Axbridge.
The Strawberry Line is named after the volume of strawberries it carried from Cheddar to London markets. Cheddar is still famous for its strawberries, and you can also cycle to Thatchers, see the apple orchards, join a factory tour and sample local cider.
The Strawberry Line is used by cyclists, runners, walkers, wheelchair users and dog walkers. It's wonderful to explore together.
Being flat, wide and even for most of the route, it's a great choice for families and people with disabilities. Ask us about hiring adapted cycles.
Nature and farmland
The Strawberry Line cycle path runs through wildlife-rich wetlands, a nature reserve and farmland. Look out for information about which species to look out for: otters, grass snakes, toads, newts and many varieties of butterflies, birds and bats.
Get direct links by train to Bristol, Taunton and beyond. On Platform 1, you'll find our cycle hire and the Strawberry Line Cafe. You can park in the car park for £3.20 a day.
See Somerset by bike
The Strawberry Line crosses open countryside, farmland, valleys, woods and orchards. You can also find facilities in village centres. Yatton, Congresbury, Winscombe and Cheddar are a short cycle from the Strawberry Line, and you pass through Axbridge.
Cycle over water ways
Cross over the River Yeo, pass fishing lakes and visit Cheddar Reservoir. All great places to take a break from your bike ride for a picnic or to view life and nature on the water.
Pubs and pitstops
Visit the Strawberry Line Cafe in Yatton. At Sandford, visit Thatchers Cider's pub, The Railway Inn. In Winscombe, you'll find the Woodborough, and pass through Axbridge for the Lamb and The Crown Inn.
A historic cycle
Discover the history of the Great Western Railway. The Yatton to East Somerset line ran from 1870 until 1963. Look out for signs and spot the old station platforms at Congresbury and Winscombe. Visit the medieval village square in Axbridge with its 14th-century church and town museum.
Tunnels and caves
Cycle under Shute Shelve Hill through the 165-metre railway tunnel. Lined with hard limestone, it's home to bats and rare cave spiders! When you get to Cheddar, visit the famous prehistoric caves where the oldest complete human skeleton was discovered. If bats, spiders and skeletons are too spooky for you, see where Cheddar cheese is matured.