Chard To Ilminster Cycling Route, Chard, Somerset
The Chard to Ilminster Cycling Route is a short 6-mile part of the National Cycle Network starting on the outskirts of Chard and finishing more or less in the middle of Ilminster. The terrain is a purpose-built path along the route of a dismantled railway line, taking in far reaching views of the Somerset countryside. You'll pass through the Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve and you'll see echoes of the Second World War in the Taunton Stop Line Defences. The path is also used by dogwalkers and families out for a stroll or with children on bikes so make sure your bell works or that you can holler well.
From Ilminster you can carry on out into the beautiful Somerset Levels and on to Bridgwater on minor roads; you'll pass Barrington Court (National Trust) and Mucheleny Abbey, which is well worth a gander if you have time.
All information correct at the time of writing