Where to Ride Devon

Cycling is a great way to explore the beautiful county of Devon and take in some spectacular scenery. There are routes to suit everyone, from leisurely afternoon rides to cycling to work or school.

Have a look at our new interactive cycling map to help you plan your ride. Need some more inspiration? Visit the Explore Devon website for routes in Devon and the South West.

Live in Torbay? Find info on Where to Ride here

Local rides for new cyclists

There are many traffic free cycle routes to try in Devon, each with their own attractions and stunning scenery.

For those just getting started in cycling gentle summer cycle rides don't come more scenic than the Exe Estuary Trail. The trail offers sweeping views of the estuary and fantastic opportunities to see wildlife.

Alternatively, why not try a popular section of the Tarka Trail in North Devon from Barnstaple to Bideford. Following the Taw Estuary and taking in pretty coastal villages such as Instow, with its sandy beach.

Local bike hire

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.

Brush up on your skills

Need a confidence boost before going out for a ride? Book a FREE 2 hour cycle confidence session a FREE 2 hour to brush up on your skills here.

I already cycle

For the more adventurous cyclist there are opportunities to go a bit further on Devon's trails and to link these up into a long distance adventure.

Both the Exe Estuary trail and the Tarka trail have something to offer if you already cycle. You can do a 26 mi circular ride along both banks of the Exe Estuary trail, including the possibility for various ferry crossings with your bike. At 30 miles the Tarka Trail is one of the longest continuous traffic free cycle routes in the Country.

Up for a challenge?

The long distance Devon Coast to Coast ride from Ilfracombe, on the North Devon Coast, to Plymouth takes in the best scenery the county has to offer in one 102 mile adventure.

The route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with lush green valleys and skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor. This route is also a key link in a number of national and international cycling routes such as Velodyssey and Tour De Manche.

The South Coast NCN 2 stretches from St Austell in Cornwall to Dover in Kent and covers 359 miles/574 kms in total (75 miles / 120 kms in Devon) where the route runs between Plymouth and Dorset via Exeter and the south coast. It is currently still under development, although a number of shorter traffic-free sections are in place, such as the Exe Estuary Trail. Other sections of the route are fully open and signed.

The West Country Way NCN 3 can be ridden in either direction and has a total distance of 240 miles / 384 km (105 miles / 168 km in Devon). The route takes you through the varied landscapes of the West Country, from Cornwall to the River Avon.

Where to get more information

For more information on cycling in Devon go to:

- www.devon.cc/cycling

- www.exploredevon.info/category/activities/cycle/

- www.activedevon.org (this website contains district specific info on cycling clubs, bike shops, cycling trails etc.)

To sign up to our Travel Devon email newsletter for news and information about cycling in Devon - www.traveldevon.info

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