The Strawberry Line, Somerset

Cycle or walk along the Strawberry Line which was built in 1869 to connect the West Country’s strawberry fields to the rest of the UK. The former railway line ends in scenic Cheddar where you can see the world-famous cheese being made.

Strawberry Red bicycle with a basket full of red flowers

Cycle the Strawberry Line stopping to taste Cheddar cheese, cider and strawberries along the way

With a combination of fresh air, exercise, beautiful scenery and the opportunity to taste the Cheddar valley’s sweet strawberries, delicious cheese and cider, this is a great foodie day out. Hop on your bike or go for a walk.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Cycle or walk along the former railway line
  • Taste strawberries, Cheddar and Somerset cider
  • Visit the famous caves at Cheddar

Strawberry Specials

The ‘Strawberry Specials’ were the trains laden with sweet strawberries that were grown on the sunny slopes around the village of Cheddar which is most famous for its cheese. The Cheddar Valley Railway line, known affectionately as ‘The Strawberry Line’, closed to passengers in 1963 and a couple of years later, to freight. Happily, in 1983, volunteers began converting the line for walking and cycling.

Strawberry punnets for sale along the Strawberry line

 

Cycle or Walk The Strawberry Line

The line is 11 miles long and runs from the village of Yatton to Cheddar. It’s a mostly off-road, traffic-free, level route. The scenery transforms spectacularly along the way. From Yatton, you’ll cycle through wetlands, grazing marshes and apple orchards before cutting through the steep limestone of the Mendips and then reaching the village of Cheddar with its dramatic gorge.

 

cheddar gorge signpost
Cheddar Gorge on the Strawberry Line cycle route

Taste Thatchers Cider at Myrtle Farm

Stop at Myrtle Farm in the village of Sandford to taste Thatchers cider. The family has been making Somerset cider for over a hundred years.

See The Only Cheddar That’s Made in Cheddar

There’s no doubting that the village of Cheddar is about as touristy as it gets but one of its many claims to fame is that it’s the only place where you can legitimately see the ‘only cheddar that’s made in Cheddar’. Stop off at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company to see cheese-making in action.


Tips


Cook’s Tip

Add chopped fresh basil to strawberries as an alternative to fresh mint and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


Where to Stay in Somerset 

 

The Bath Arms Cheddar

The Bath Arms

Cheddar, Somerset

Offering a restaurant and a bar, The Bath Arms Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Cheddar.

Rooms from £95 a night.


Dogs

 

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks expert dog friendly days out Somerset

A fabulous doggy day out for me. Put me in your bicycle basket and let’s go!

Mr Hendricks


How to Find The Strawberry Line Cycle Route  

 

Strawberry Line Cafe and Cycle Hire, Yatton Railway Station, Station Approach, Yatton, North Somerset BS49 4AJ

Website: www.thestrawberryline.org.uk