Cycling in Devon

Whilst out cycling in Devon please share your photos and rides with us on social media using the hashtag #CycleDevon

Cycling is a great way to see Devon at its best and will provide you with easy access to the county’s unspoilt natural heritage. Devon is renowned not only for its peace and beauty but also for the wide range and superb network of cycle routes that are available.

Ranging in length and difficulty, there are routes to suit every level of cycling experience and ability, each with its own special attractions. You will discover exciting off-road cycling, leisurely afternoon rides and challenging long-distance routes.

The National Cycle Network is a series of safe, traffic-free lanes and quiet on-road routes.  In Devon, you will find over 150 miles of NCN routes.

Cycle West is an inspiring project that puts three routes on the map, two of which include stretches in Devon. Whatever your ability and experience, there’s a route for you to join and leave where you want, and revisit as often as you wish.

Devon County Council’s ‘Share this Space’ project encourages all highway users to do just this – be polite, courteous and take responsibility for your actions on roads and multi-use paths.

To find out more about cycling in Devon click on the following links:
Cycle Devon
Dartmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park

Slapton Sands Memorials

In 1943 some 3000 people were evacuated from the Slapton Sands area of South Devon in order to provide a

Exeter Quay

Exeter’s Quayside situated next to the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal is a popular destination for locals and
Photo of the Wray Valley Trail waymarking post

The Wray Valley Trail

This 7 mile (11km) multi-use trail is a mainly traffic-free route from Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead. It follows the disused
Photo of cyclists on the Tarka Trail alongside the estuary near Instow

Exe Estuary Trail

This newly constructed cycle trail offers an almost entirely traffic-free, wonderfully level route which forms part of the South Coast
Photo of cyclists on the Tarka Trail alongside the estuary at Instow

The Tarka Trail (Braunton – Meeth)

Stretching for over 52km / 32 miles from Braunton to Barnstaple, then to Instow, Bideford, Great Torrington and on to
Photo of cyclists on a trail under a viaduct on the Granite Way

The Granite Way

The Granite Way is an 11 mile multi-use trail running between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of
Photo of Gem Bridge across a valley and river on the Drakes Trail

Drake’s Trail

Drake’s Trail in West Devon is a 21-mile, multi-use route linking Tavistock with Plymouth. This important part of Devon’s recreational
Photo of flowers and grassy banks alongside the Grand Western Canal and tow path

Grand Western Canal

This is a lovely, peaceful cycle route, often along the towpath, beside a tranquil stretch of the Grand Western Canal.
Photo of a quiet lane alongside a stone wall to a footpath gate

Dart Valley Cycleway

Totnes, the historic market town that’s full of fascination and interest, is at the centre of this wonderful leisurely route
Photo of two people mountain biking along a forest track in the snow at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park

Just 15 minutes from Exeter, and with 3,500 acres of woodland, Haldon Forest Park has something for cyclists of all abilities.
Photo of an arsenic mine tower with waste ground in front

Tamar Trails

Around 15 miles / 25km of new trails have recently been  created in the Tamar Valley as part of the
Photo of two cyclists on the Tarka Trail near Braunton

Devon Coast to Coast NCN27

The route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy,
Photo of the former Princetown railway bridge with Kings Tor in the background

Princetown Railway

Dartmoor has plenty of cycling opportunities along designated cycle tracks, public roads, byways and bridleways – though the open moor
Photo of a view across a country lane to Burrator Reservoir in the distance

Princetown and Burrator

Dartmoor has plenty of cycling opportunities along designated cycle tracks, public roads, byways and bridleways – though the open moor
Photo of Stover Country Park Visitor Centre

Stover Trail

The Stover Trail is a mostly traffic-free route which connects Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey.  This flat, mostly off-road family
Photo of a cyclist looking out over the Exe Estuary at Turf Locks

Cycle West – Tour de Manche

The Tour de Manche offers a unique maritime perspective over 1200 km of varied landscapes either side of the English
Photo of cyclists on a trail through woodlands

Cycle West – Velodyssey

Whether you’re looking for a challenge or a leisurely cycle ride, Velodyssey has something for everyone. Get on your bike
Photo of cyclists crossing a wooden bridge on the Exe Estuary Trail

South Coast NCN 2

This route stretches from St Austell in Cornwall to Dover in Kent and covers 359 miles  / 574 kms in total. 
Photo of cyclists on the Tarka Trail alongside the estuary at Instow

West Country Way NCN 3

The route can be ridden in either direction, it takes you through the varied landscapes of the West Country, from