Where to cycle

Cycling infrastructure

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.

Teign Estuary Trail

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Devon County Council are creating a new Trail along the Teign Estuary.

The first section is the £3m bridge Town Quay Bridge, which opened in March 2013, and was funded by Devon County Council with a contribution from Sustrans. The bridge crosses the River Teign and provides a quick link for walkers and cyclists travelling between Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton. Watch a video of the bridges construction.

Planning and negogiations are constantly ongoing and this is a complicated multi-million pound project involving many partners and challenges. See the latest on the route here.

Haldon Forest Park

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Devon County Council contributed to the creation of Haldon Forest Park. The park consists of over 3,500 acres of woodland containing walking, cycling, horse riding trails and much more. Devon County Council totally funded the Ridge Ride Trail (Red route) but there is lots more to explore too. Watch a video of the park.

Drakes Trail

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Drakes Trail runs along the western edge of Dartmoor and forms part of the southern half of the Devon Coast to Coast (NCN 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.

  • Watch a video of the construction of the Gem Bridge

Granite and Gears

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Devon County Council improving cycling access to Dartmoor National Park after securing £4.4 million of Government funding.

The Granite and Gears project will open up access to the moor by improving and completing a number of multi-use trails on Dartmoor as well as creating “cycling hub” sites at Princetown and Moretonhampstead, which will provide dedicated facilities for visitors.

The aim of the investment is to encourage visitors to explore more of the routes along existing disused railway track beds and canal tow paths, and extend their stay in the area.

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 length.

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 Dartmoor Way Cycle Route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads, and uses traffic-free cycle tracks wherever possible. Take a look at a video about the route.

Tarka Trail

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The Tarka Trail forms the northern half of the superb National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 27 known as the Devon Coast to Coast.

Current work includes:

A scheme to extend the existing trail from Ilfracombe, via Willingcott to Knowle and on to Tarka Trail is in the early stages of design and negotiation.  The exact route has not yet been determined and no timescale can be given.

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 NCN 27, Devon Coast to Coast. The final missing link in the trail, from Southerly Halt to Station Road is now open. Some sections are open to horse riding.

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

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 Darmoor, a range of market towns and the bustling city of Plymouth.

Britanny, Normandy and South West England

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Devon County Council has worked with many other partners on an inspiring project that puts three routes on the map for the discerning cyclist and connects them across international frontiers, making each of them an unforgettable experience to enjoy with friends and family.

For more information on La Velodyssee, Tour De Manche and Petit Tour de Manche please visit our cycle routes and maps webpage and see a summary of the Cycle West project.

Stop Line Way

Devon County Council are creating The Stop Line Way, a long distance walking and cycling route, running from Seaton to Weston-Super-Mare.  Once completed it will cover 70 miles and connect Axminster, Chard, Ilminster, Taunton, Bridgwater, Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea.