With warmer weather hopefully on the way, Spring is a great time to get out on your bikes and do some exploring and there are fewer places better than Plymouth – it isn’t all the hustle and bustle you can expect from a city, it’s full of maritime history and surrounded by some beautiful woodlands and trails, perfect for getting out on your bike.

Here are some of our favourite cycle routes around Plymouth that are ideal for the whole family.

Plymouth’s Waterfront

If you don’t want to stray too far from the city centre, this is a good compromise. The route takes you from Sutton Harbour through to the Barbican, Mill bay and the Royal William Yard. Along the way you can see Plymouth Hoe, Smeaton’s Tower and Drake’s Island – all iconic sights! The route is easy and suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.  

Plymbridge Woods

This cycle trail which goes through National Trust managed land follows the route of a former GWR rail line. Taking you from the edge of the city, the trail will take you through woodland and into the countryside, where you will get to see viaducts, quarry faces and moorland. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might even get to see some of the resident birds of prey making their nests or some small fluff balls peering out at you.  

Start out at the National Trust car park at Plymbridge Woods and follow the signs.

The Granite Way

A little further out from Plymouth is the Granite Way, which takes you between Okehampton and Lydford along the edge of Dartmoor. Following this route will also give you a chance to catch sight of viaducts and some lovely areas of woodland. It will also take you past Okehampton and Lydford castles.

Drake’s Trail

Named for Sir Francis Drake, this route links Tavistock and Plymouth. It’s fairly long but you can do it in smaller chunks if you’re travelling with children or anyone not as confident on two wheels. The route will take you around the Grenofen Tunnel and Gem Bridge.

Tamar Trails

The Tamar Trails features around 15 miles of off road trails that takes you around the West Devon and Cornwall Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. There are a host of activities to enjoy on the site of the Tamar Trails, and one of the best ways to view the scenery is to cycle it. Plus, it’s only half an hour from Plymouth city centre so it’s a great place to spend a few hours if you’re staying in the city.

Fancy finding out more about cycling around Devon? See below!