When it comes to adventures of the two-wheeled kind, South Devon has it all! Whether you want a tranquil ride through the summer countryside or an energetic autumn break, cycling in South Devon is a great experience for cyclists of all levels.
Gentle & Beginner Routes
Most leisure cycling in South Devon is promoted through its official cycle routes, with the National Cycle Network Route 2 or NCN2 being the main purpose built (and traffic free) cycleway in the area of Exeter to the Plym Valley.
These cycle routes take you on a journey around the best of the South Devon countryside and coastline. If you’re bringing the kids, it offers a safe and secure route that will keep you off the main roads and away from the summer traffic jams.
For beginners the Exe Estuary Trail is highly recommended. It’s flat and easy to ride along, with some stunning views across the estuary. For riverside scenes, water meadows and woodland, Totnes offers two cycle routes for your enjoyment. Again, its traffic free so you’ll have plenty of peace and quiet apart from the sounds of wildlife and the chain on your cycle.
Devon By Bike is a service that offers safe, flat, traffic-free, cycling holidays in Devon. They also arrange B&B accommodation and can help to transport your luggage and bikes between the Tarka Trail, Exe Estuary, Granite Way and Plym Valley trail.
More Challenging Routes
If you’re feeling more ambitious, head to the Plym valley for moorland landscapes and dramatic views from this former rail line – there’s even a tunnel to go through. From Coypool to Clearbrook, much of the trail follows the course of the Plym River. If you’re after more challenging routes then you should try the off-road tracks for cycling in South Devon. Dartmoor and Haldon Forest Park boast some great off road cycling and publish maps with each ride graded according to difficulty.
Bring a map and — whether inland or on the coast — you can make your own routes according to your interests and tastes. Whether you’re after country cuisine or interested in the culture and heritage of the region, exploring South Devon by cycle is fun and stress free. You don’t even need to bring your own equipment to enjoy the best of South Devon on two wheels — there are plenty of hire shops around that cater to your every cycling need.