Saturday 9th September 2017

Mendip Murmuration

Saturday 9th September 2017

So, the murmurings were true!

We are delighted to bring you the Mendip Murmuration, the third Somerset based non-competitive off-road cycling event in our calendar. Off the back of our successful Quantock Quake and Exmoor Explorer events we have been asked by the National Trust to deliver a similar event set in the beautiful Mendip Hills AONB as part of the 2017 South West Outdoor Festival. Registration will be at the Festival main site on Warren Farm, Blagdon, near Cheddar, BS40 7XR.

The Mendip Murmuration is a gathering of like minded individuals coming together with a common purpose. Riding your bike through some of Somerset’s stunning landscapes. Cruising and carving over and around Cheddar Gorge, Crook Peak, Black Down and Rowberrow Warren will make for an amazing 20 or 30 mile route that will leave you wanting more. When it’s all over you can settle down and enjoy the rest of the festival or head home to roost.

Everyone who enters the Mendip Murmuration automatically gets free entry to the South West Outdoor Festival (SWOF) for the full day of the ride, providing access to all facilities, the festival village (complete with bar and top-notch food), entertainment (from guest speakers to live music), and – if you have the legs for it – additional adventure activities. People already camping at the festival who enter the Mendip Murmuration will received an additional event t-shirt and water bottle. To find out more about the festival click here.

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Places are strictly limited to 300 – Enter now to avoid disappointment!

Everything you need to know…

This year’s Mendip Murmuration is being held on Saturday the 9th of September. You can choose between a 23.75 mile and 37 mile route. This can be decided on the day depending on how you are feeling.

The Event Village, Parking and Start/Finish line will be based at the South West Outdoor Festival site on Warren Farm, Blagdon, Near Cheddar, BS40 7XR.


  • Registration opens: 08.00
  • Ride briefing on the start line with bikes 09:50
  • Ride Starts: 10:00
  • Extra Loop cut off time: 13:00


On arrival at the Festival please follow signage and instructions from the marshals. 


Please bring with you a completed personal details form for each person in your group. This can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

You will then be given your registration “tally” this is a piece of waterproof paper you must attach to your bike handlebars. Riders must stop and give their number to the marshals at the check points, tallies will be punched at the start and end of the ride, and at every check point. Your tally must also be submitted to the registration desk upon your return.


A copy of the route will be e-mailed out on the 8th September. In this e-mail will be links to the GPX files that you can download to your device for each of the loops if you so wish. We advise that you transfer the route onto your 1:25000 maps of the area (Cheddar Gorge and Mendip Hills West – OS Map sheet 114 and Weston-Super-Mare & Bleadon Hill – OS Map Sheet 153).

Some of the route is over the sensitive area known as Blackdown, to get an event over this section has been very difficult, please ensure you stick to the way-marked route and don’t cut corners.

The main loop will be marked in blue tape and flags while the extra loop will be marked in red. Both loops will have black signs on a yellow background marking major hazards and some junctions.


Please bring lots of fluids. Checkpoint two is the ‘Miles Tea‘ stop. Fill up on water and re-fuel while enjoying a brew from our favorite local tea blenders. There are public toilets available at various locations on the Festival Site.

Before and after the ride refreshments will be available from a range of caterers in the food area of the festival.  This is not included in your entry fee.


Over 18 – £35

Under 18 – £35 (must be supervised by an adult)


Provided by Channel Adventure and the events team as well as Festival first aid cover.


Please make sure you visit the registration desk at the end of the ride to submit your tally and collect your goody bag or we will send out search teams to look for you. If you wish to drop out at any point please inform the nearest checkpoint of your intentions. There will also be a prize draw with some great prizes on offer. This will be drawn at after the event. The submission of your tally card at the end of your ride dobles as your prize draw ticket. Murmuration entrants willalso recieve a discount code from Cotswold Outdoors for 20% off your order.


You have entered a non-competitive off road cycling event. This is NOT A RACE. Courtesy for other riders and users of the Mendip Hills AONB must be at the top of your priority list.  Your finish time will be recorded and published on the website shortly after the event for your information.

Entry requirements and information



Personal Details Form Download


  • This is not a race. It is a challenging sportive across difficult terrain and tracks through the stunning Mandip Hills AONB.
  • All riders under 18 years of age or who are members of school or youth groups must be supervised by adults (over 18 years of age) in a ratio of at least 1 to 3.
  • All riders are responsible for ensuring your bike is fully maintained and suitable for the event, bikes will be inspected prior to the start at check in.
  • Suitable helmets MUST be worn throughout the event; failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification from the event.


The following equipment must be carried in a backpack by those participating in the event:

  • First aid kit for the treatment of strains, sprains and blisters and gravel rash.
  • Food and drink as required (NB water is available at checkpoints 2 and 4)
  • Compass
  • Ordnance Survey maps of the area – Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West -114 and Weston-Super-Mare & Bleadon Hill 153.
  • A whistle
  • Mulit-tool / puncture repair kit / spare tubes / pump
  • (If riders are in a clearly defined group, it will be sufficient if the above items are carried by supervising adults only)
  • All entrants must take account of the weather conditions which may be encountered during the ride and may mean it’s necessary to carry additional items:

For example:

  • Emergency food, which should remain, untouched during the ride, being used only in the event of an emergency.
  • Warm clothing
  • Survival bag/blanket capable of enclosing the whole body
  • Torch with efficient bulb and batteries.
  • Waterproof, jacket and trousers

The organisers will disqualify any rider scaling a fence where a gate exists, taking a short cut, or failing to re-fasten a gate.  This measure is necessary to ensure that the entire route, some of which passes over private land, remains available.

The organisers advise that riders carry a mobile phone. This is good practice, provided that it is available principally for emergency purposes if required.  Please remember that the mobile reception on the Mendips is limited. Should a rider, in a non-emergency situation, wish to retire and to use the mobile phone to arrange private transport then either control at race start or the marshal at the nearest check point must be informed of the retirement. Calling the event emergency/retirement number is also an option. The number is: 07377592212 – please add to your contacts.

Please check the website, Facebook or Twitter for any last minute changes to the event, particularly in the run-up to the event taking place.


All entrants should be aware that this is a long distance sportive and a lot of stamina is required to complete the distance.  We therefore recommend that if you are not a regular long distance rider that you undertake suitable training beforehand.

Whilst the organisers will do everything possible to safeguard riders, no responsibility can be accepted.  Those who require insurance cover against possible injury and/or loss of, or damage to, property should make their own arrangements.

Please note that the organisers reserve the right to re-organise the event in any way considered appropriate to prevailing conditions. If the event has to be cancelled through no fault of the event organisers, no refund will be made.

Participating in mountain biking will always have associated risks of personal injury. We make every effort to minimise this risk. However, there are inherent risks of bumps, bruising, sprains, scrapes, cuts. More serious injury cannot be ruled out and participants taking part in this event should be aware of the risks and be responsible for their own actions, the condition of their bike and their ability to complete their chosen distance.


Should you need to cancel your booking once it has been confirmed, the person making the booking must notify us in writing or email. The date on which we receive written notification will determine the level of cancellation charges applicable.

Cancellation up to 2 months before to the event – full refund.  Cancellation less than 2 months before – no refund.  Entries may be transferred to another suitable entrant up to 1 month before the event – contact us via email.

No discount or reduction in fees will be made if the weather or other conditions outside the control of Channel Events preclude all or part of the event taking place.

If Channel Events fail to attend or cancel under no circumstances will consequential losses be met. Concerned entrants are advised to take out insurance to cover this eventuality.


Please remember to print off, fill out and bring to the event the Personal Details Form. Under 18’s need to have the form signed by a parent or legal guardian and must be supervised throughout the event.


The Exmoor Explorer is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 40 miles, held in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West England. 

Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded Combes, the Explorer doesn’t disappoint. This iconic Exmoor cycling event was started 18 years ago by Team Zoyland and we at Channel Events are immensely proud to take it on for 2017 and beyond.

The Quantock Quake is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 35 miles, held in the Beautiful Quantock Hills AONB, Somerset, South West England. Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded Combes, the Quake has it all. Started 5 years ago by Dan Brice and Dave Jackson to put something back into the sport they love.

Whether you choose the 20 or 35 mile route you will be able to access areas of the Quantocks usually restricted. You’ll also see some of the greatest views from and of the Quantocks and be fully supported by our friendly Quantock Quake event team. 

The Exmoor Perambulation, is a traditional circular long distance walking event dating back over 725 years.

This is one of the most challenging walks in the Exmoor annual calendar. During the 31 miles of cross country walking you will be taking in breathtaking views and accessing parts of the National Park not normally open to the public. You will also be participating in Exmoor’s rich history! 

The perambulation is very challenging so training is highly recommended for the event, but it’s well worth it as the views are spectacular across Exmoor National Park. 

Man vs Moor is 10 kilometres of wild trail running set in the stunning and remote western end of Exmoor National Park. 

You’ll find yourself scrambling up and down steep combes, crossing boggy valley heads, swimming across Pinkery Pond and going underground in this truly awesome event. 

Getting to the finish line will tough but well earned and you’ll leave with a massive sense of achievement. You’ve taken on the moor and defeated it! Well done!


Can I hire a bike?

We don’t offer this service through Channel Events. We suggest that you contact the local bike shops who may have a fleet of hire bikes or a demo bike you could use.

Can I get water and snacks along the route?

We ask that you are self sufficient for the distance you are intending to ride but there will be water and sweets available at many of checkpoints should you run out. The half way checkpoint on the main loop will also accommodate the ‘Miles’ tea stop. Here you can treat yourself to a brew from our favourite local tea and coffee blenders.     

What if I run out of time?

All riders will complete the main 20 mile loop. This can take you until 4pm if required. If you are hoping to do the extra loop then there is a cut off time of 1pm. This gives you 3 hours to complete the main loop. Riders arriving back from the main loop after 1pm will not be permitted to continue.

I’m under 18, can I ride on my own?

No, we ask that any entrants under the age of 18 ride with an adult on a ratio of 1:3.

Is it possible to get lost?

The route will be well way-marked and seperate colours used for each loop. Major hazards and awkward junctions will be marked with black/yellow signage. We also ask that you carry an Ordnance survey map of the local area and transfer the route onto this prior to the event. Riding with your head down and not paying attention could result in you going off course. With this in mind we suggest that you follow the route way-markers with care.

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