Cycling

 

The Granite Way Cycle Route

The Granite Way is an 11 mile cycle and walkway running along a former railway line between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor.  A journey along the Granite Way offers good views of the granite landscape of Dartmoor.  Ideal for both cyclists and walkers alike

 

   

Devon Coast to Coast National Cycle Route 27

The Devon Coast to Coast cycle route runs from Infracombe to Plymouth. This route iis 99 miles long, of which 71 miles are traffic-free, following the course of former railway lines.  The route commences on the north coast, and joins the Granite Way in Okehampton, before joining The Drakes Trail to Plymouth.

 

   

Tarka Trail Cycle Route

The Tarka Trail is 180 miles long in afigure-of-eight in the northern part of Devon and follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamsonís famous novel.  It is one of the countryís longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths.  The Trail splits into 2 loops centred at Barnstaple and is a great way to explore the world class environment of North Devonís UNESCO Biosphere that stretches from Dartmoor to Lundy and Exmoor to Hartland.  A great variety of landscapes, including wooded river valleys, rugged moorland, coastal cliffs and sandy bays.

 

   

On road routes

There is a series of on-road cycle routes around Okehampton, and dotted about the rest of West Devon passing highlights such as Buckland Abbey, Roadford Reservoir and Lopwell Dam, as well as a growing number of cycle routes in the Ruby Country, an area known for its tranquil, clean and unspoilt landscape in the heart of rural Devon.

 

   

Off-road routes

Mountain bikers have access to many cycle tracks, bridleways and byways on Dartmoor and the excellent Dartmoor Cycling Map shows all these tracks, which are colour coded according to difficulty. The map is available for purchase from local Tourist Information Centres.

 

The Tamar Valley Trails are a fantastic new set of off-road multi-use trails through woodland, set amongst the historic mining landscape of the Tamar Valley. Nearby are the downhill mountain bike tracks at Gawton Gravity Hub - the most challenging tracks in South West England, and guaranteed to provide a real adrenaline fix!

 

   

 

   

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