Cycling in Torbay is on the up! There are more people cycling, young and old, learning or experienced. And whether you cycle to work or for pleasure alone, with your family and friends, or in a group, cycling is a great way of keeping fit and getting about without hassle, fuel costs, and on time just when you want to, avoiding all the queues and congestion.
There are many cycle routes to try in Torbay, each with their own attractions and stunning scenery.
Have a look and find your nearest cycle route here.
If you are looking for a cycling holiday in Devon, the English Riviera, a UNESCO designated Global Geopark warmly welcomes cyclists. The flat seafront promenades of Torquay and Paignton are ideal if you enjoy a leisurely cycle by the beach, with perhaps a stop off for coffee and cake, a light snack, or an ice cream.
From Torquay harbour, near Living Coasts, right round to Paignton Harbour, you can experience a beautiful winding and coastal road that is relatively flat and would suit all cycling abilities. It is about 4 miles between the two, and would take approximately 30 minutes to cycle in one go. En route there are ample places to stop, take in the views and even sit down for a drink or some delicious food.
There is the whole new complex by Abbey Sands, including restaurants and bars such as On The Rocks, Bistrot Pierre, Coco Cocktail. Further along the coast in the perfectly located Boathouse Bar & Grill who welcomes cyclists all year round and sometimes even have live music going outside!
If you don’t have a bike to ride, but you would like to experience Devon from the saddle, bike hire is available on all of our popular leisure routes. Check out where you can hire a bike here.
For the more adventurous cyclist there are opportunities to push yourself further at the Torbay Velopark. The circuit is the only outdoor closed road circuit in Devon and Cornwall and can accommodate amateur and professional cycling and a range of other sporting activities.
Find out more info here.
If you are keen for a whole day out on the saddle then why not cycle the whole of the English Riviera coast, from Babbacombe to Brixham? You will experience a few more hills but the stunning views that it offers will definitely be worth it!
A great place to start would be on top of the Babbacombe Downs, overlooking Oddicombe Beach and enjoying views right across the Jurassic Coast in the distance.
From there it's all downhill as you descend towards Torquay Marina and along the Strand towards Torre Abbey. This is the most direct route, however if you had more time and were looking to stop and explore then it might be worth going off route and enjoying a dip in the secluded Anstey’s Cove. This is a hidden gem of a spot and would be a great place to cool down on a hot day.
Find out more about this route here.
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