Cycling in Devon

Explore Devon by Bicycle

Welcome to the breathtaking landscapes of Devon, where cycling enthusiasts will find themselves immersed in a perfect blend of scenic routes, charming villages, and exhilarating trails.

Devon is renowned not only for its peace and unspoilt beauty but also for the wide range and superb network of cycle routes that are available. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, Devon offers an array of options to suit every level of experience.

Tarka Trail: Following Nature's Footsteps

Named after the infamous otter in Henry Williamson's novel, Tarka the Otter, the Tarka Trail winds its way through North Devon's picturesque landscapes. This traffic-free route, perfect for families and leisure riders, meanders alongside the Taw and Torridge rivers, providing a serene journey through nature.

Dartmoor National Park: Rugged Beauty Unleashed

For the thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts, Dartmoor National Park presents an awe-inspiring challenge. Navigate through granite tors, open moorlands, and ancient woodlands while immersing yourself in the untamed beauty of one of England's most iconic landscapes.

Exe Estuary Trail: Coastal Tranquillity

Embrace the soothing sound of waves and the beauty of coastal life on the Exe Estuary Trail. This flat and well-maintained route guides cyclists through charming villages, wildlife habitats, and the stunning coastline, offering a delightful blend of nature and relaxation. Choose between spending an hour visiting the delightful village of Lympstone or enjoy a 3 hour round trip to Exmouth or Exeter. Ferries from Exmouth to Starcross and from?Topsham?to The Turf also offer cyclists the opportunity to explore the full 26-mile route.

Exeter: A Great Day Out

Exeter itself is a perfect place to explore by bike. The varied landscape of hills (sometimes very steep), valleys, coast, farmland and forest, pretty villages and vibrant towns means you can plan some great days out on two wheels. The AONB has devised?mountain bike routes?that take in some off-road forest trails.

Sustrans: Connecting Communities

Sustrans, the custodian of the National Cycle Network,?is also busy in Devon, creating some interesting cycle routes. The National Route 2, also known as the South Coast Cycle Route, has new, off-road sections between Axminster and Kilmington and continues towards Exeter, following quiet roads and a former railway line between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. This tree-covered lane is perfect for a family cycle ride, with no worries about traffic. For the faster and fitter, there is an 80-mile cycle route, Sustrans Regional Route Number 52 - the Buzzard route - that takes in some of the best of East Devon’s sights.

If you’re not taking your own bicycles (carriage is free on Southwest trains, although booking advisable in busy holiday periods), then there are various options for hire.

To start your Devon cycling adventure - try these resources:

For our handy list of Cycling Friendly Hotels in Devon, click here.

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