If you fancy catching a glimpse of world class cyclists in action, the Tour of Britain will be back in Devon on the 3rd of September, kicking off at Younghayes Road, Cranbrook, at 11am and finishing on The Strand, Barnstaple, after 3pm. That’s a whopping 174km/108miles in one day, with an average speed of 25 miles per hour! If joining the crowds to cheer on your cycling hero isn’t your cup of tea, you can of course, recreate your own Tour of Devon at your own gentler pace! There are plenty of off-road sections of cycle paths and routes around the county, which are perfect for families, and those seeking tranquillity to get away from the hustle and bustle. Many are multi-use so take care to give walkers space too. You just need to bring your own bike – or search out cycle hire facilities nearby.
The Tarka Trail southern loop, ‘Tarka Cycle Trail’, boasts the longest, continuous off-road cycle path in the UK at 52km/32miles from Braunton to Meeth! On the south coast you can find wonderfully level cycling around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth – on an almost traffic-free route. The Exe is internationally important for waterbirds in winter, with the striking avocet making an appearance with its upturned bill. On this route, you can catch a train back if you need a lift! If you want to enjoy wooded valleys and unique views of Dartmoor’s granite landscape, The Granite Way is another mostly traffic free route along the former Southern Region railway line. To find a route near you, have a look at our page which maps cycle routes across the county then get on your bike!