National Route 28 of the National Cycle Network in Devon will run from Okehampton to Plymouth via Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Salcombe.

Okehampton to South Zeal and Bovey Tracey

The route starts on-road section from the eastern edge of Okehampton to Moretonhampstead. The Wray Valley Trail runs through Lustleigh to Bovey Tracey. The Stover Trail crosses over the A38 at Heathfield and travels alongside the Stover Canal to Newton Abbot

Totnes to Yealmpton

This section of the route travels via Salcombe. Starting at Totnes you follow quiet roads through Blackawton. Past Blackawton there is the option to take a detour to the coast, travelling to Slapton Sands and Torcross. You then rejoin Route 28 after Stokenham where the route travels inland to the coastal town of Salcombe. Using the Salcombe ferry you then continue onto South Milton, Churchstow and Ermington before arriving in Yealmpton.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/route-28/ 

One Train from Exeter can take you to some great cycle paths. From Okehampton you can cycle the East Dartmoor moorland fringe to Newton Abbot, or up the Okement and Torridge valleys to Barnstaple. From Axminster you can cycle through the East Devon AONB and the Jurassic Coast to Exmouth. From Plymouth you can cycle through wooded slopes and the western edge of Dartmoor to Okehampton. For a greater challenge, you can cycle from Barnstaple across southern Exmoor to Tiverton Parkway.

Take your bike on the train and get closer to a traffic-free adventure. A Devon Day Ranger ticket will give you a days unlimited travel within Devon for £14.50 (it's even cheaper with a railcard!). Residents of Devon and Cornwall can buy a Devon & Cornwall Railcard for £12 and save 1/3 on off-peak journeys within the two counties. 

42 miles, 2140ft ascent, 2805ft descent.

Start at the newly re-opened Okehampton Railway Station for this section of the Devon Coast to Coast NCN27. The routes passes through Okehampton town and Jacobstowe before reaching Hatherleigh. Follow the Ruby Way from Hatherleigh to Highampton then cross the River Torridge and have a break in Sheepwash village. The NCN3 from Bude joins the NCN27 at Sheepwash. Follow the roads north and east and join the traffic-free Tarka Trail at the remains of Petrockstowe Station. 

The Tarka Trail heads uphill to Yarde Orchard Cafe at the site of Yarde Halt. Then it is downhill and over the River Torridge on a long, curved bridge to the Puffing Billy. There are some lovely bridges, weirs and tunnels from Torrington to Bideford - part of the old railway was build over the Rolle Canal. At Instow, the route turns east towards Fremington and finishes at Barnstaple Railway Station where there are hourly trains back to Exeter. 

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cyclepaths (rail trails) around north Devon, England that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name. It covers a total of 180 miles (290 km) in a figure-of-eight route, centred on Barnstaple.

https://www.tarkatrail.org.uk/

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The 31-mile (50 km) section between Braunton and Meeth is car-free, level and mostly tarmacked, and is shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with horseriding also permitted on part of it. There is a guidebook available for this section.

http://www.exploredevon.info/activities/cycle/tarka-trail-braunton-meeth/ 

From Aberdeen, the English section of EuroVelo 1 takes you along the north Scottish coast to Inverness. You will pass through Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond National Park and reach the Scottish coasts by following the Lochs and Glens Route. After going across the Irish Sea, the route visits the island of Ireland and then returns to the Welsh Coast at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. It joins the Celtic Trail and continues to Wales and Bristol and through Exmoor National Park. Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the last part of this route takes you across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges bequeathed by Victorian railway engineers, passing through tunnels carved under the hills of Britannia.

https://en.eurovelo.com/ev1/united-kingdom 

Following Europe’s mighty western border, reaching from Scandinavia, to South and Western Portugal, the Atlantic Coast Route visits the majestic fjords of Norway, the wild Irish coastline, the rough cliffs of Brittany and the sun-kissed beaches of Portugal, totalling 11,000 km. Along the way you will not only be seduced by bustling port cities and cosy fishing villages, but you will be impressed by dramatic landscapes and have the chance to enjoy the best seafood each country has to offer.

https://en.eurovelo.com/ev1 

This 328-mile cycling route connects Land's End in Cornwall to Bristol via the beautiful, verdant countryside of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It’s a fantastic long-distance cycling challenge for cycle tourers, bikepackers or other adventurers looking to get out and explore the beautiful south west of England.

As Route 3 continues out of Bude towards Bristol it becomes the West Country Way. As you cycle along this section you’ll enjoy the varied landscapes of the West Country including Devon's rolling countryside, wild Exmoor, tranquil canal towpaths and the Mendip Hills.

In Exmoor, keep an eye out for a series of benches made from local materials to reflect the characteristics of the local area. Craftspeople Robert Kilvington, Keith Rand and Eve Body, assisted by Des Sharp, were commissioned to make a series of benchmarks. The designs are inspired by the unique landscape.

The sites of the benches were carefully chosen to create resting places which fit with their surroundings, oriented towards a particular view, and sometimes to provide shelter from the prevailing wind and weather.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/route-3/ 

The 99-mile Route 27 route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of West Country rivers. Many sections of Route 27 are traffic-free and flat, making them ideal for families or less experienced cyclists.

The Devon Coast to Coast route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other West Country rivers.

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

On top of that there are many local links and spurs to explore.

Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the route takes you through tunnels and across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges given to us by Victorian railway engineers.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/devon-coast-to-coast/ 

A stunning long-distance bike route along the south coast of England from Dover in the east to St. Austell in the west. Visit the Jurassic Coast, Brighton and Devon by bike and enjoy sea air, amazing views and a trip that you’ll never forget.

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.

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.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/route-2/ 

It was great to get out on my electric bike on Friday morning for BikeWeekUK. I cycled from Chulmleigh to the DWT Meshaw Moor reserve. I rode back via Chawleigh (and the newly re-opened Earl of Portsmouth pub), Eggesford Station (stopping to buy veg at the Plant Shed) and Heywood Wood 

I didn't allow enough time to search for Heath Fritillary butterflies. I did see Meadow Browns, Painted Ladies and a Mother Shipton moth amongst the profusion of wild flowers at this Culm Grassland site.

The Clyst Valley Trail is listed as a high priority route for delivery in the Devon County Council’s multiuse trail strategy. It also delivers on Strategy 10 (Green Infrastructure in East Devon’s West End) in the East Devon Local Plan, and the Climate Action plans of both Councils. The route will significantly contribute to an increase in walking and cycling levels which will reduce our carbon footprint and help enable households to rely less on cars for short distance journeys.

The route will be a recreational trail for walkers, cyclists, mobility scooters and, where feasible, horse riders. As well as allowing people in and around Exeter to enjoy and value the wonderful countryside of the new Clyst Valley Regional Park and East Devon, it will also provide an attractive, safe, and direct commuter route between towns and villages along the River Clyst and Exeter, Cranbrook and surrounding employment areas in the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone and Winslade Park.

The Clyst Valley Trail will be delivered in three sections. Devon County Council and East Devon District Council have been working together to establish the optimal route for the trail.

https://www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/consultations/clyst-valley-trail/

The proposed Clyst Valley Trail will:

  • provide a strategic multiuse connection between the Exe Estuary Trail/ Topsham, the nearby villages of Clyst St George, Clyst St Mary, Sowton, Clyst Honiton, Cranbrook and Pinhoe
  • promote recreation and leisure trips to East Devon with increased access to the natural environment and support for local tourism, accommodation, recreation, and food/drink businesses
  • promote sustainable travel as an alternative mode of transport, providing health and well-being benefits to local communities and supporting carbon net zero aspirations
  • provide public access to the Clyst Valley Regional Park in a way which conserves and enhances the environment, whilst limiting adverse impacts.

https://www.clystvalleypark.org.uk/ 

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