What to Expect on your Cycling Trip in Devon & Cornwall
Explore Devon’s Dartmoor National Park and wild ponies, escaping the crowds and returning to nature. Journey down into Poldark country, along our carefully chosen cycle routes, including mineral tramways, off road tracks and converted rail to trail paths, so you can bike at a leisurely pace without distractions and with stunning views around every corner. Finish your days in historic coastal villages along the South West Coast, getting to know the real England and be enchanted by the stories and history revealed within some of the finest landscapes and views in the world.
Flexible Cycling Distance Options Each Day
Don’t feel obliged to cycle the full distance each day. There are shorter options for guests, with opportunities to spend more time at the iconic sites, gardens, beaches, coves and in the towns for those wishing to cycle fewer miles each day.
Arriving into Tiverton Parkway for 11.00am, we will meet you at the station and set off for a short transfer to Ilfracombe for a spot of lunch before donning our cycling gear to bike around North Devon’s famous surf beaches, including Woolacombe and Croyde. Once our lungs are filled with fresh, coastal air, we track into Barnstaple, home to the start of the Tarka cycling trail, for an early evening drink and rest before we start our crossing of inland Devon via the Tarka Trail.
Mileage: 10-20 miles
Day 2Bideford, Taw and Torridge Estuaries and Great Torrington
Joining the Tarka Trail, named after Henry Williamson’s famous 1927 novel, Tarka the Otter, we follow this path along the stunning Taw and Torridge estuaries via Bideford and Great Torrington, before stopping at a quirky railway station turned café stop for lunch. We rejoin the Tarka Trail in the afternoon, tracing along converted railway lines, to cycle onto Devon’ smallest but no doubt liveliest towns, Hatherleigh, to stay at The George Inn for a well-deserved pint, fresh local food and welcomed rest.
Mileage: 20-31 miles
Day 3Okehampton, Dartmoor, Scorhill Stone Circle
Starting north of Okehampton, we take a slight detour up to Dartmoor, to visit Devon’s finest stone circle at Gidleigh Common. The views and atmosphere on Dartmoor are magical and after lunch in the wonderful Chagford we head onto the high moors before heading downhill all the way into the wonderful town of Tavistock where we stay the night – there will be plenty of opportunities to trial Devon’s famous beverages and cream tea, but remember to put the cream on the scone before the jam – it’s how the Queen does it!
Mileage: 20-38 miles
Day 4Drakes Trail, Plymouth, Tinside and Wadebridge
Our final day of exploring Devon will be biking along the Drakes trail, all the way, mostly downhill into Plymouth where we visit the place where the Founding Fathers left for America in 1620. We arrive into Tinside, where we will have the opportunity for a dip in the iconic waterside lido or in the south coast Devon sea before we transfer into Cornwall into the lovely estuary side town of Wadebridge where we stay for the next two nights.
Mileage: 23-33 miles
Day 5Padstow and the Camel Trail, Rick Stein, Rock and Port Isaac
We arrive at Bodmin where we join the off-road traffic free Camel Trail, a 25 mile downhill ride into which hugs the Camel estuary finishing in the foody heaven and quaint town of Padstow for lunch at the famous Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop. After catching the ferry over the Camel to Rock we visit the archetypal Cornish village of Port Isaac before heading to the next door bay at Port Gaverne and our accommodation for the night.
Mileage: 15-30 miles
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a relaxed breakfast in your hotel which overlooks the sea, cliffs and little cove that is Port Gaverne, we transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4.5 hours).
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Entry tickets (e.g. to the Tate St Ives, Lost Gardens of Heligan)
International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
Items of a personal nature
Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
Why choose a guided cycling holiday?
Join a group of like-minded people, looking for an active cycling holiday exploring the Cornish coast. Let by our team of exceptional guides, we know every country lane, turn in the road, hidden trail, café and cove. Dine together some evenings, share the stories of the day and fully enjoy the magical experience of cycling along the Cornish coast and through Dartmoor National Park. On our guided trips, all of our routes can be tailored for those wishing to cycle more miles or fewer, just ask your guide and they will be able to extend or shorted the planned routes to suit you and your group.
What are the Hotels like in Devon and Cornwall on this tour?
We have handpicked a selection of hotels and bed and breakfasts in ideal locations along the beautiful Cornish coast, with great access into towns and views over the harbours and ocean, and in a Dartmoor village, Chagford, in the heart of the National Park. There is a wealth of great restaurants and gastro-pubs in each location and your hotels are the perfect place to rest your legs and relax during the evenings while on your tour.
Read M.W’s review of our hotels: “The accommodations were first rate — small inns scattered throughout the countryside. And the food — out of this world! […] It was so relaxing to have the whole trip prearranged.”
How do I get to Devon?
Devon is an easy train journey from London, Bristol and the Midlands, taking you to the start of your walking trip, straight onto your bikes and off on a leisurely afternoon cycle to into the heart of Dartmoor.
Where is Devon, England?
Devon is a large county in southwest England, with Cornwall to the West, and Dorset to the East, bordered in the North and South by the ocean. With two stunning wild coastlines and the Dartmoor mountains and hills in the centre, Devon is a must-see, and with over 350km of byways Dartmoor National Park is perfect cycling country!
Where is Cornwall, England?
Cornwall is in the far west and southern tip of England, bordered by the famous English Channel and Celtic Sea. Known for its natural beauty, rugged coastline, idyllic coastal villages, beaches and walking and cycling trails, Cornwall is an outdoor enthusiast’s ideal playground.