Published: 26th JUNE 2019

Best routes in Devon

Discover Devon by foot or bike this summer. With hundreds of miles of National Cycle Network, taking you from seaside towns to the dramatic Dartmoor National Park, there is something for everyone.

Yachts and boats in harbour of Devon town with the tide out

The Tarka Trail runs from Braunton to Meeth.

Best family ride - Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is one of the country's longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, running from Braunton to Meeth.

Along the way you'll find lots of wildlife habitats, including estuary mudflats and salt marshes, oak woodland, hazel coppice and meadows.


Best countryside stroll - The Granite Way

This is a truly spectacular, and mostly traffic-free, 11-mile walking and cycling route through rural Devon between Okehampton and Lydford.

With fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside, you also pass Lydford’s Norman castle (English Heritage) and Lydford Gorge (National Trust).

Cyclists on cycle path going past abandoned boat in estuary

There are hundreds of miles of National Cycle Network routes in Devon.

Best cultural trip - Tiverton to Bampton

This eight-mile ride in Mid Devon takes you from the bustling town of Tiverton to the picturesque village of Bampton.

On the way, make sure to stop by the wonderful Knightshayes country estate, a sprawling, gothic Victorian mansion which is well worth a visit.


Best coast to coast route - Devon Coast to Coast

The Devon Coast to Coast is a 99-mile journey from Ilfracombe to Plymouth.

The route takes you past the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers.

This route also skirts around the western flank of Dartmoor, offering superb views of Cornwall and the surrounding area.


Best short ride - Route 34, Exeter

Starting from Exeter St David's station, this route crosses the River Exe and follows the Exeter Canal to meet National Route 2.

You'll soon find yourself in the beautiful Riverside Valley Park, a long stretch of waterfront greenspace suitable for walking, running and cycling.

Child cycling alongside river Exe in Exeter

You can enjoy calm, waterside walks and cycles along Route 34 on the National Cycle Network.

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