Did you know that National Bike Week falls between 30th May and 5th June? It’s an annual celebration run by Cycling UK to encourage people to get out on their bikes and enjoy the many cycle routes the UK has to offer. The 2021 event will run alongside the World’s Biggest Bike Ride and a 7 Days of Cycling Challenge – all the more reason to get on your bike and enjoy the various trails that can be found in and around Sidmouth.
If you’re in Sidmouth, there are plenty of cycle routes for you to explore, especially if you love the countryside as many of the trails take you through woodland, heathland and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
To give you some inspiration for bike based adventures in the Sidmouth area, here are some of our favourite routes in the region.
Sidmouth to Ladram
For beautiful coastal views, as well as challenging sections for those who are a little more confident, this is a great route to try. It’s a circular route that comes in at just under nine miles, so you can really make a day of it.
The National Cycle Network Route 2 cuts through Sidmouth, so it’s a great one to jump on, especially if you’re with children or want an easy going route. Many of the sections are traffic free and there are quiet roads that follow the former railway line through a number of popular East Devon towns.
The East Devon Way
If you’re someone who loves the great outdoors and being in the countryside, give this route a go. The East Devon Way goes through the heart of the AONB, so there are lots of lovely spots for having a picnic or sunbathing along the way. The route is 40 miles in total, but has smaller sections and trails so you can choose the one that best suits you.
If you want to explore further outside of town, there is also the Exe Estuary Cycle Route and the Otterton to Exmouth route, both of which offer delightful views and the chance to explore more of East Devon. If you want to go somewhere for a day out, there is always Haldon Forest on the outskirts of Exeter, where you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities, as well as cycle routes and walking trails perfect for the whole family.
Need more inspiration for a trip to Sidmouth during National Bike Week? Click here to find out more about the local cycle routes.