Cycling & Cycle Routes

When it comes to exploring Sidmouth and the surrounding area, one of the best ways to see the sights is to jump on your bike, especially if you plan to spend some time in the Sid Valley or the wider East Devon Natural Landscape (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). By heading out on your bike in Sidmouth, you get the choice of coast or country, straight lines, circular routes, trails that are perfect for training and exercise and those that are gentle and perfect for a sunny day activity.  

Whether you’re a keen cyclist or it’s just a casual hobby, Sidmouth is a great place to indulge, not only do you have the amazing Jurassic Coast to follow, routes that take you to the neighbouring towns and villages like Beer, Seaton and Budleigh Salterton, but also some amazing countryside routes through the Byes into the Sid Valley and through the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

With miles of trails managed by the National Cycle Network which takes you through open heathland, woodland trails and beautiful country and coastal views, there are a number of amazing trails for you to explore.  

A day out with the bikes is a great way to spend your time, whether you’re after a solo ride, a family adventure, something gentle or a challenge, you’ll find a host of different trails to cater for all ages and abilities.  

Some of the most popular routes in the area are below. 


National Cycle Network Route 2 

This route that stretches from Dover to St Austell passes through Sidmouth. It’s a long distance route, but ideal for families or less confident riders as it has many traffic free sections and quiet roads that follow the former railway line through to Budleigh Salterton.  


The Buzzard Route 

This 80 mile circular route follows some of the same route as the National Cycle Network Route 2 and takes in some of the best views around Sidmouth taking in Seaton, Woodbury and beyond.  


Sidmouth to Ladram 

This circular route is just under nine miles there and back, it follows the road from Sidmouth to Ladram via winding lanes and Peak Hill, it does have a few challenging sections and hilly terrain, but is a popular route linking two seaside resorts.  


The East Devon Way 

The East Devon Way is a wonderful walking and cycling route through the heart of the Natural Landscape (AONB). The route stretches for around forty miles and there are a number of circular routes and linear routes so you can choose a route that suits you.  


The Byes 

For an easy and picturesque ride, journey out of Sidmouth through to the Byes, which stretches from the heart of the town and out to the village of Sidmouth. There are a number of sign posted trails and paths for you to explore, but one great route is to follow the River Sid from the Esplanade in the town centre through green fields through to the village of Sidford where you can stop off for a nice cool drink.  


Nearby routes 

From Sidmouth, there are a host of beautiful cycle routes, including the Exe Estuary Cycle Route, the Haldon Forest Route through Exeter and Otterton to Exmouth.  
You can also find delightful rides through Branscombe, Beer, Seaton and Budleigh Salterton.  

Looking for walking routes? You can find more information here.  


Bicycle Hire 

There are a range of businesses offering bicycle and equipment hire, including adapted bikes for those with limited mobility. You can find out more, including maps and other recommended routes from the Tourist Information Centre.  

Call in to the centre in the town or drop them an email on or phone them on 01395 516441.