As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe and makes a great destination for the summer holidays. As you might expect for a city, you’ll find everything you could need for a full day trip or longer stay. For the active among you, here are some great cycle routes around Plymouth so you can explore by bike this summer.

Drake’s Trail

We’ve mentioned this one first because it is one of the most popular trails in this part of Devon. Drake’s Trail stretches for 21 miles and features walking and cycling routes through some incredible countryside, at certain points you even skirt the Dartmoor National Park and as you might expect, are named for Sir Francis Drake.

It’s a super route the whole family can get involved with, you can find out more here.

Plymbridge Woods

This family cycle trail runs through land managed by the National Trust and is a fairly easy route, making it a good option for those that aren’t as confident or anyone travelling in a mixed-ability group. The path is also dog friendly and can be completed in around an hour.

Starting on the edge of Plymouth, it follows a disused railway line through some incredible woodland and open country.

See the National Trust’s recommended route here.

Plymouth’s waterfront

If you want to stay in the city, why not check out the various cycle routes around the Hoe and Plymouth’s waterfront? Exploring by bike is a great way to see the city and will take you around some of the must-see sights, including the Barbican, Smeaton’s Tower and Royal William Yard. Along the way, you’ll be able to see Drake’s Island and Mountbatten too – so make sure to take a camera with you!

See more about Plymouth and Devon's cycle routes below