Where to cycle

Cycle trails

We have a range of spectacular cycle trails in Devon which are suitable for all ages, abilities and interests. Here you’ll find a description of our cycle trails and links to maps and further information.

Exe Estuary Trail

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The Exe Estuary Trail is a scenic walking and cycling route which runs along the beautiful Exe Estuary connecting Exmouth and Dawlish with Exeter Quay.

 

Tarka Trail

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The Tarka Trail is an entirely traffic-free 32 mile cycle trail which runs from Braunton to Meeth in North Devon. The flat and family-friendly trail travels through beautiful countryside, offers stunning views across the estuaries of the River Taw and Torridge and features a range of picnic spots, cafes and pubs.

The route also forms the northern part of the superb Devon Coast to Coast (National Cycle Network Route 27).

 

Drake’s Trail

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Drake’s Trail runs along the western edge of Dartmoor and forms part of the southern half of the Devon Coast to Coast (National Cycle Network 27).

It is a 21 mile walking and cycling route and links Tavistock with Plymouth. New sections in place include the iconic Gem Bridge, the Grenofen Tunnel, which now links to Grenofen village, and the Clearbrook Ramp near Yelverton.

 

Granite Way

Granite Way

The Granite Way is an 11 mile traffic-free walking and cycling trail which runs along a disused railway line between Okehampton and Lydford. It is part of the National Cycle Network Route 27 Devon Coast to Coast.

The route provides an almost flat trail through the spectacular upland scenery of Dartmoor with magnificent views to the west as far as Bodmin Moor and the north Cornwall coast.

 

Stover Trail
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The Stover Way is a traffic-free route which connects Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey. Created as part of the Granite and Gears project, this flat route passes alongside the beautiful Stover Country Park and will eventually extend towards Lustleigh and Moretonhampstead in Dartmoor National Park.

You can pick up signs for the Stover Trail in Newton Abbot off the roundabout on Jetty Marsh Road (near Newton Abbot Hospital). From Bovey Tracey, pick up the route at the bottom of Newton Road.

 

Grand Western Canal

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This route runs alongside a tranquil section of the Grand Western Canal  from Tiverton to Holcombe Rogus. The 11 mile route is family-friendly and offers stunning views across the Blackdown Hills.

 

The Dartmoor Way 

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The Dartmoor Way is a 95 mile circular route which winds its way around the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park, linking hamlets, villages and towns along its route.

This recreational route takes cyclists through the varying landscape surrounding the High Moor, visiting attractive and interesting locations which offer a wide choice of places to eat, drink and stay for the night. The well-signed route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads, and uses traffic-free cycle trails wherever possible.

 

West Country Way 

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The West Country Way is a 240 mile route which stretches from Bristol to Padstow. The Devon section of the route runs from the Cornwall border near Holsworthy to the Somerset border east of Tiverton.

Over 70 miles of the route are traffic-free, and some of these sections form part of the Tarka Trail and Grand Western Canal routes through Devon.

 

Devon Coast to Coast 

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The Devon Coast to Coast is a 99 mile route which links Ilfracombe on the north coast with Plymouth on the south coast. This classic route through the heart of Devon is traffic-free for extensive sections and traces the course of former railway lines.

Passing through tunnels and across breath taking viaducts and bridges, the route takes in spectacular views, the beaches and estuaries of North Devon, the lush green river valleys and moorlands of Dartmoor, a range of market towns and the bustling city of Plymouth.

 

Tour de Manche

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The Tour de Manche is a 1,200 kilometer cross-channel cycle route which follows the French coastline of Brittany and Normandy and the British Jurassic coastline of Dorset and Devon.

The route winds through minor roads and signposted traffic-free sections offering spectacular views of both coastline and countryside.

 

La Velodyssee

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The Velodyssee is a cycle route which stretches over 1,200 kilometers from Brittany along the Atlantic coast to the border with Spain. The route also connects with the UK mainland via Plymouth and the English section of the route follows National Cycle Network Route 27 through the heart of Devon to Ilfracombe on the north coast.