One of the best ways to explore Devon is by bike and there are a range of spectacular trails all over the county, offering everything from challenging routes to easy, level ones that are suitable for ages and abilities. Even better? You can even hire bikes, including accessible bikes, from businesses all over the county, so you don’t even need to bring your own!
Here are some of our favourite routes, so get on your bike and explore!
The Tarka Trail
This trail in North Devon is completely traffic free and is flat, making it ideal for families or those that want a more gentle route. The trail takes you through beautiful countryside and alongside estuaries. There are several picnic spots, cafes and pubs along the way too so you can easily enjoy a whole day out.
Grand Western Canal
Running alongside the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton, this eleven mile route is family friendly and offers some amazing views.
The Devon Coast to Coast
This 99 mile route links Ilfracombe to Plymouth and has large traffic free sections, ideal for families and some parts which are more challenging for the more adventurous. The route takes you through tunnels, viaducts, bridges and more.
The West Country Way
Starting in Bristol and running through to Padstow, the section that takes you through Devon starts near the Cornwall border and through to Tiverton. The route does form part of the Tarka Trail and Grand Western Canal route and over 70 miles of the route are traffic free.
The Granite Way
Stretching eleven miles, this one is a nice easy route giving you access to some amazing scenery across Dartmoor. Running along a disused railway line it has traffic free sections, so you can cycle without having to worry about coming across vehicles.
Another one that takes in Dartmoor is Drake’s Trail which runs along the western edge of the moor. It is 21 miles and links Tavistock with Plymouth.
Exe Estuary Trail
The Exe Estuary is a beautiful place to visit and there is a lovely, scenic trail that connects Exmouth, Dawlish and Exeter Quay – it’s the perfect route for a sunny day!
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