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Cycling in Devon

Cycle routes around this area of Devon, many using old railway lines specially prepared for bicycles, make great days out.

Maps, leaflets and packs for cycling and walking

Routes within the Dartmoor National Park, the West Devon area and around Okehampton are available from Okehampton Tourist Information Centre (telephone 01837 53020). There are several cycle hire shops available locally.

The Granite Way

This excellent mainly traffic-free cycle / walkway, which runs between Okehampton and Lydford, is part of the National Cycle Network's 'Devon Coast to Coast' route (No 27) between Ilfracombe and Plymouth.

Much of this route is inside Dartmoor National Park. The trail is ideal for families and those new to regular cycling. The Granite Way is mostly built along the course of the Southern Region railway line. The Way is entirely off-road for 6 miles / 9 kms between Okehampton and Lake Viaduct, with additional off-road sections towards Lydford. The traffic free sections are also wheelchair accessible.

Tarka Trail

Part of the Tarka Trail, extending to 32 miles, is made up of a cycle / walkway that follows the old railway line from Braunton on the coast to Petrockstow deep in the heart of Tarka Country. This part of the Trail offers easy, flat, traffic-free cycling suitable for all the family around the wide expanse of the Taw / Torridge estuary, before following the River Torridge inland.

Mid Torridge Cycle Link

This linking route connects the Tarka Trail cycle / walkway at Petrockstowe with the Sticklepath Cycle Route as it passes through Hatherleigh on its way towards Dartmoor. Combined, these routes provide a complete south-north route from Dartmoor to the North Devon coast. This attractive route takes in the villages of Petrockstowe and Sheepwash with their traditional cob-walled, thatched cottages.

Sticklepath Cycle Route

This signposted circular route starts and finishes at the National Trust's Finch Foundry at Sticklepath near Okehampton. It follows quiet country lanes, taking in delightful villages and passing many places of historic interest, all set against a backdrop of spectacular panoramic views of Dartmoor .

Eggesford Forest

This waymarked cycle route follows forest tracks and bridleways for an exhilarating off-road ride through Forestry Commission plantations. The route is not suitable for very young children or novice cyclists.

National Cycle Network No 3

The National Cycle Network is a linked series of traffic-free paths and traffic-calmed roads being developed right across the United Kingdom. Route No 3 runs 250 miles from Bristol to Padstow. In Tarka Country, the route descends from Exmoor to follow the Tarka Trail cycle / walkway from Barnstaple to Petrockstowe, and then rejoins lanes along the sections of the Mid Torridge Cycle Link and the Holsworthy-Black Torrington cycle route on its way to Cornwall.

Cycling in Devon