Singletrack Issue 123 : Grate Expectations

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James Vincent travels to Cheddar, in the West Country for this issue’s Classic Ride, hoping to find fun trails and the one true cheese.


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They say knowledge is power. I say knowledge plays its part, but it helps to get lucky from time to time. I’m off to the Mendips, and Chipps has taken great delight in telling me that “last time I was there it was comedically [sic] wet and muddy, but hey, you might get a sunny frosty day when everything’s solid…” Emails about the ride bounce back and forth containing such gems as “not sure when you were thinking of but you probably know it doesn’t hold up well in the winter?”, and “I don’t think the trails will be dry until May…”.

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There are country inns and pubs with rooms all over the area, along with numerous B&Bs or hotels, including The Plume of Feathers just down the road from Burrington in Rickford. If your budget is more limited, there’s a YHA Hostel in Cheddar itself.

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