A ride up Lipe Hill

One of the good things about the Brompton is that it gives me a much better choices of places to go during my lunch hour compared with just going for a walk.

Lipe hill is little more than a mile from the edge of Taunton and at 85 metres above sea level it offers fantastic views towards the Quantock Hills to the South and the Brendon Hills to the West.

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The narrow lane leading to Lipe Hill goes from Comeytrowe for just over 2 miles and rejoins the A38 at the crossroads by the “World’s End” pub.    The lane is so narrow in places that if I were to meet a car going the other way it would be difficult to pass even on my Brompton, but luckily there was only one other vehicle I encountered and it was going the same way.

Luckily my Brompton has 6 gears, being the “M6R” model so the steep hills could be taken in a low gear without difficulty.    As it is a hub gear you have to stop pedalling while changing gear, so it pays to plan ahead and change down before the hill gets too steep.

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