5 Summer E-Bike Trails in the South West

March 23, 2017 Electric Bikes

Summer is the perfect season to get out on your bike to indulge in the most idyllic and scenic countrysides and glorious woodlands that the South West has to offer. While the hot weather is a godsend to many, peddling away in the melting sun can be tough. That’s where the e-bike can help!

Why invest in an e-bike?

Riding a standard bicycle in the hot sun (particularly during long trails) can be tiresome and you may l need to take regular breaks. Electric bikes, however, will do most of the work, meaning you can enjoy the refreshing summer breeze and beautiful scenery on some of Axcess Electric Bikes favourite South West bike trails. Which will you embark on this summer?

Top summer e-bike trails

The Camel Trail – Cornwall

Location: Wenford Bridge to Padstow (via Bodmin)
Distance: 18 miles
Surface: Railway path, majority gravel surface.

Purchase the Cornwall cycle map

The Camel Trail is one of the most prevailing leisure routes in the country. This traffic-free route offers the perfect sun-filled e-bike adventure. Ride through the stunning Cornish countryside along a resurfaced, disused railway line. Perfect for a summer cruise, this trail is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and horse-riders alike.

Starting in the attractive seaside village of Padstow, you’ll pass through stunning woodland and expansive countryside landscapes. If you’re wanting to do a shorter route, consider Padstow to Wadebridge (5.5 miles) or Bodmin to Wenford Bridge (6.25 miles).

cycle the camel trail

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The Verderers’ Trail – Gloucestershire

Location: Forest of Dean
Distance: 7 miles
Surface: Adventurous with a combination of climbs and narrow sections

Purchase the Somerset cycle map

Take on this action-packed trail with your e-bike and explore the stunning Forest of Dean! The Verderers’ trail boasts a combination of surfaces and incorporates fast-flowing corners, gentle uphill slopes and fantastic flat top terrains that will blow your mind in the summer sun. Your e-bike will allow you to tackle the flow of the trail with ease, allowing you to revel in the renowned beauty of the Forest of Dean woodlands.

verderers trail south west

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The Exe Estuary Trail

Location: Exeter – Exmouth – Dawlish
Distance: 26 miles
Surface: Mainly flat with fantastic river views

Purchase the Devon cycle map

Discover open blue seas and exciting wildlife throughout this extensive cycle trail. The Exe estuary links Exmouth, Lympstone and Exton, taking you on a fairly flat trail with plenty to do and see along the way. As an exciting opportunity to pass through the quaint riverside villages and towns, riding on an e-bike in the sunshine will make your voyage all the more enjoyable. You will require a little assistance with your ride should you choose to tackle the entire 26 miles!

exe estuary cycle trail

Image credit: http://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk

Bristol to Bath Cycle Trail – North Somerset

Location: Bristol to Bath
Distance: 13 miles
Surface: Traffic-free, flat tarmac surface

Purchase the Somerset cycle map

This tranquil route spans two of south west England’s most vibrant cities. The Bristol to Bath cycle trail begins in Bristol city and passes through small towns such as Mangotsfield, Warmley and Saltford and ends up in historical and charming Bath town.

With many points to stop off and relax in the warm weather, this journey is ideal for the e-bike, as travelling back won’t be such a task due to the motor assistance. Whether you’re an experienced rider or new to the world of cycling, electric bikes ease you in gently while taking you through the highlights of the South West!

bristol to bath cycle trail

Image credit: https://visitbath.co.uk/

The Tarka Trail – Devon

Location: Braunton to Meeth through Barnstaple
Distance: 30 miles
Surface: Flat stone

Purchase the South Devon cycle map

The Tarka Trail is a popular series of footpaths and trails, providing unrivaled summer views across 30 epic miles . If you’re looking to take on the whole trail, gliding through it on your electric bike will allow you to sit back and enjoy warm breeze with enough assistance to stop you getting overheated and tired. There are plenty of rest points if you wish to take a break close to many of the wonderful woodlands, ponds, streams and meadows. Your route is a finely packed stone surface and has been formed from a disused railway.

tarka trail cycle route

What to take on a summer bike ride:

Cycling in the summer can be a wonderful experience, particularly if you are well prepared. Ensure that you’re dressed appropriately and have the right equipment to promise the perfect, blissful ride.

  • Bottled water
  • A hat
  • Wear suncream
  • Picnic
  • Plasters/wet wipes
  • Helmet
  • Arm/knee pads
  • Comfortable shoes / trainers
  • Towel (for those muddy areas!)
  • Camera (you are going to be surrounded by beauty after all)
  • Jumper
  • Bike tyre repair kit

summer e-bike trails

Which e-bike?

At Axcess, we hold an extensive range of electric bikes, which mean no sweat, faster travel and easy hill climbing. We believe that summer bike rides should be utterly enjoyable whether you’re riding alone or with a loved one, e-bikes offer you the chance to truly live in the moment and appreciate the extra assistance. Discover our top 3 e-bikes for summer biking below.

The Axcess 2 Eriskay Crossbar Eriskay Electric Bike

This modern electric bike contains a long-life battery, instant full power and a number of features to promise the perfect bicycle ride. You can travel at 15 mph with ease and choose from a range of colours.

The Axcess Mustang Spur

Mustang Blue E-BikeAs an economically priced electric mountain bike, the Mustang Spur provides many miles of leisure cycling. The electric assistance and gear choice ensures that you can call on the power when you need it most.

LifeCycle City Sportlifecycle city sport ebike

With a rigid frame and resistance tyres, this bicycle also transforms into off-road mode and can enjoy the power of 20 mph! The unmatched power and quality of this bike is second to none, making it ideal for long cycle trips in the summer time.

If you’d like to try before you buy, please visit our Cornwall or Exeter electric bike stores to test your bicycle before purchasing. Alternatively, you can purchase online and receive FREE UK delivery. For further assistance please contact the Axcess Electric Bikes team or call us on 01404 41692.

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