Hard Cycle Routes on Dartmoor
Take a look below at just some of the cycle rides available for you to enjoy on Dartmoor. These ones are marked as hard; this means that they are 9+ miles distant and take place on undulating ground with some steep climbs. No rest for the wicked.Most of the routes below state their level of difficulty and give an outline of the routes, so that you are fully informed before you even get on your bike.
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This is a national celebration of the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling. The week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK. Dartmoor is very popular with both on and off road cyclists and the National Park website
3 West Street, Okehampton
This selection of four routes (with on extension for the more adventurous cyclist) all start in and around Okehampton, and will take you to some of West Devon's most delightful small villages and towns.
This is a linear route that links the two South Devon towns of Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey. It is aimed at good cyclists above the age of 11 years old, as 80% of the route is on road with traffic.
Tavistock to Plymouth
Drake’s Trail is a network of walking and cycling trails. The network has something for all ages and fitness levels, starting with the new off-road cycling section between Tavistock and Plymouth.
The route passes close to Brent Tor. If you decide to do the longer journey, then you will also pass Lydford Gorge and Waterfall (National Trust) and Lydford Castle (English Heritage).
Bedford Square, Tavistock
These four circular and one linear routes take you on a tour of some of the unspoilt areas of West Devon, including many points of interest along the way.