Route 2 is a long-distance cycle route which, when complete, will link Dover in Kent with St. Austell in Cornwall via the south coast of England. The route is currently 361 miles long. The only major gaps in this route are between Dawlish and Totnes, and Plymouth and St Austell.
The south coast of England is an impressive place to explore. It’s a place that lingers in your memory long after you’ve visited it. A place that you’ll find yourself returning to time and time again, always finding new places to explore. The best way to experience this stretch of coastline is by bike.
This long-distance route takes you past a rich variety of British landscapes but never deviates far from the coast, allowing you to breathe in the sea air and appreciate stunning views across the water.
Along the way, you’ll see the Jurassic Coast, the 95-mile stretch between Exmouth in east Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset. It’s called the Jurassic Coast due to the layers of sedimentary rock which contain an amazing richness of fossils and form a near-complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
It has been recognised as a site of outstanding international importance for earth sciences and was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.
Along Route 2 you’ll pass through some of southern England’s most interesting cities including Bournemouth, Poole, Brighton and Exeter. Exeter is a small but vibrant city with a rich history, magnificent cathedral, imposing Roman wall and beautiful quayside. Brighton is known for its Grade II-listed pier, burgeoning arts and culture scene and its bohemian vibe.
Devon County Council has completed the last link between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren with the opening of a new bridge over the railway at Powderham. Constructed to span the main railway line to Plymouth, the bridge is in a Special Area of Conservation and next to an internationally important bird reserve.
If you cycle the length of Route 2 you will visit some quintessentially English seaside towns, see magnificent stretches of coastline and experience how the landscape of the country changes as you move from one side to the other. Route 2 can also easily be completed in smaller sections. There are lots of train stations along the route and it is simple to pick the section of the route which appeals to you the most. Or you can complete the whole journey over several shorter trips.
For those of you interested in continuing on to France, we have been working in partnership with Cycle West to develop three cross-channel cycling routes connecting Devon and Cornwall with Brittany and Normandy. Each itinerary takes you through some breathtaking and diverse scenery on both sides of the English Channel.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.