We all know that walking and cycling are beneficial for our health and wellbeing but it’s not always easy to fit regular exercise into our busy lives. 

One Bridgwater local who’s found the ideal solution to suit her family routine is mum-of-two Tash from Wilstock.  

Having received a bike from her parents as a Christmas present 18 months ago, Tash decided to switch from four wheels to two as a more convenient way to get her kids to nursery and school three days a week. 

“Rather than taking up cycling to focus on fitness, my motivation was finding a better means of doing the school and nursery runs, rather than relying on the car, and the benefits have continued to grow from there,” says Tash. 

“Work can be stressful and pretty sedentary, and this is a great way to switch off and spend valuable time with my family while getting in exercise. We’re so fortunate to have these cycling routes on our doorstep. It’s lovely in the sunshine, but we’ve been out in all weathers, enjoying pointing out the birds and other wildlife we see and just being in the fresh air. 

“Every week we’re out exploring after school. My parents live close to the canal so it’s great to combine visits with fun and exercise. There are some lovely places you can visit, like Maunsel Lock and the tea rooms on NCN Route 3 as well as Midas Café at the Conferencing Centre on the canal side. 

“You really do feel the benefits. I think it’s great for your physical and mental wellbeing – time to appreciate the good things in life, making the most of what we have on our doorstep and keeping fit at the same time. 

If you’ve been thinking of taking up cycling, whether for commuting, exercise or leisure, The Bridgwater Way cycling map and route planner is a great resource for finding your way: maps.thebridgwaterway.co.uk. Discover new routes for getting around Bridgwater and incorporate these into your weekly routine, benefiting both your physical health and your mental wellbeing.