This newly constructed cycle trail offers an almost entirely traffic-free, wonderfully level route which forms part of the South Coast NCN No.2.
The trail takes you right around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth, passing through the pretty villages of Starcross, Topsham and Lympstone to name a few. The estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl, supporting 1000’s of birds. RSPB reserves near Topsham and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve offer some of the best opportunities to view wildlife along the estuary.
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Explore Devon The Stover Trail is a traffic-free route which connects Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey. This flat, off-road family friendly route passes close to the beautiful Stover Country Park and will eventually extend towards Lustleigh and Moretonhampstead in Dartmoor National Park. A new bridge across the busy A38 dual carriageway ensures a safe crossing.
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Where will the trails lead you? Explore the network of trails on bike or foot, try some outdoor activities or relax, enjoy and learn at the Tamar Trails Centre & Café. A great place for family days out in Devon or Cornwall whether you are on holiday or live locally. Come and see what we have to offer at this hidden gem in the Tamar Valley on the Devon and Cornwall border.
The Tamar Trails Centre is the new hub for a network of family trails and outdoor activities in this unique and stunning area of Devon, which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Located in the Tamar Valley, just across the river from Cornwall, the venue houses a cafe, heritage centre, plus facilities and outdoor activities perfect for group adventures and family days out in Devon or Cornwall.
Tamar Trails Centre Woodlands, Gulworthy, Tavistock PL19 8JE
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Do you want to Build Back Greener? Reduce your carbon footprint by swapping to walking and cycling around Holsworthy. Holsworthy is situated on National Cycle Route 3 which follow a cycle path section of the Ruby Way. From Holsworthy you can cycle west to Bude and beyond, or cycle east to join the Tarka Trail at Meeth, or south to join the Pegasus Way at Cookworthy Forest
Traffic free sections are continually being added by Devon County Council as part of their commitment to active travel.
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Do you want to Build Back Greener? Reduce your carbon footprint by swapping to walking and cycling around Great Torrington. Great Torrington is situated on National Cycle Routes 3 and 27 which follow the cycle path section of the Tarka Trail. From Great Torrington you can enjoy 30 miles of traffic-free cycling: south to Meeth, or north to Braunton via Bideford and Barnstaple.
Start your journey by hiring a bike from Torrington Cycle Hire at the bottom of Station Hill.
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Do you want to Build Back Greener? Reduce your carbon footprint by swapping to walking and cycling around Bideford. Bideford is situated on National Cycle Routes 3 and 27 which follow the cycle path section of the Tarka Trail. From Bideford you can enjoy 30 miles of traffic-free cycling: south to Meeth via Great Torrington, or north to Braunton via Barnstaple.
Start your journey by hiring a bike from Bideford Bicycle Hire in East-the-Water. Continue your journey by buying your own bicycle from Cycles Scuderia in Kingsley Road.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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