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Highlights on your Devon Tour

  • Dartmoor
  • Chagford
  • Tarka Trail
  • Drakes Trail
  • Hound Tor and Haytor
  • Bellever Forest


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Devon Gravel Bike – 6 Day Guided Tour

6 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
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  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • Apr 01 - Oct 31
  • Type: Guided
  • Difficulty : 2/5
  • Country or Luxury
  • Pickup: Tiverton Parkway
What to Expect from our Devon Gravel Bike Tour

This tour is for those wanting to experience the magic of one of England’s most treasured counties, Devon, by going off-road and onto the trails. We start on the north coast of Devon, cycling pass the famous surf beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe before joining the Tarka Trail at Barnstaple and a 30-mile traffic free, flat section along former railway lines.

We then head into the heart of Devon and onto Dartmoor taking in the sites of Chagford and Gidleigh Stone Circle with the potential for dusk dips and hikes up to Haytor and Hound Tor (famous for the inspiration it provided for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Hound of the Baskervilles). We then join the Granite Way and Drakes Trail to make the downhill descent into Plymouth, to finish the week with a wild dip off Devon’s south coast.

Gravel Bike Holidays in Devon

Our gravel bike holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. We pick up guests from the train at Tiverton Parkway and take you straight into the dramatic North Devon countryside from Ilfracombe in the north of the county to Plymouth in the South – remembering to dip your back wheel in the sea at each end! Bike as much or as little as you like each day, our guides can tailor your tour to your preferences, with shorter or longer routes available daily.

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Devon Guided Gravel Bike Itinerary

Day 1Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Croyde and surfing heaven!

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 Devon.

Mileage: 22 miles

Day 2The Tarka Trail

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: 20-35 miles

Day 3Dartmoor, Stone Circles and Heavenly pubs!

Starting north of Okehampton, known as the gateway to Dartmoor, we begin our moorland adventure by cycling the trails to visit Devon’s finest stone circle at Gidleigh Common. We will then jump off the bikes and hike up to the surrounding tors, to take a moment immersing ourselves in the wild, expansiveness of this unique corner of England. Following  a picnic lunch, we will then link back onto the cycle trails in the afternoon and trace our way to the famous, beauty spot of Chagford. There will be plenty of opportunities to trial Devon’s famous beverages and scones, and the chance to jump into the magical waters of the river Teign for an evening dip. We will rest up here with dinner at the beautiful Three Crowns Inn. 

Mileage: 20-35 miles

Day 4Dartmoor, Haytor and Hound Tor

Continuing our moorland adventure, we will bike down the old railway line towards Bovey Tracey to then skirt back around and climb on foot, Haytor / Hound Tor (Hound of the Baskervilles), before navigating our way to the highest and most remote pub on the moors for lunch, standing 434 metres above sea-level with an ever-burning fire that has not gone out for 200 years. We will then loop back around for an evening in Chagford.

Mileage: 25 miles

Day 5Downhill all the way to Plymouth - the Drakes Trail

Our final day of exploring Devon will be biking along The Granite Way towards Lydford and onto The Drakes trail. We will have the opportunity to hike to Cadover Bridge, one of the locations where War Horse was filmed, and cycle around Burrator Reservoir passing through the labyrinth of prehistoric field systems around Down Tor. From here, we will bike down to Plymouth, descending towards the Royal Citadel on downhill gravel trails. 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, to mark the end of your coast to coast cycle. From here, we will organise a transfer back to Tiverton Parkway or say goodbye at Plymouth Railway Station.

Mileage: 15-35 miles

Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel

After a leisurely breakfast we help all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements. Regular direct trains depart from Bath Spa station into London and other mainline stations.

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Meet and Greet Location

Tiverton Parkway Station

Pickup Time

11.00am

Accommodation

3* Hotels 

End of Tour Location

Plymouth and Tiverton Parkway

Price Includes

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • All Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch
  • Bikes and Equipment
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Transport Throughout
  • Local Professional Guide

Price Excludes

  • International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunches and café stops
  • Dinners x5 and all dinner Drinks
  • Gratuity for your local guide
FAQ

How active is this Devon gravel tour? How fit do I need to be for a cycling holiday?

This tour is rated 2/5 for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests going for a good ride and can handle an incline or two. The terrain we cover is varied. We’ll enjoy some rolling hills, with wonderful downhills and a few climbs which will be a bit more demanding. Your holiday, however, will be tailored by your guide to suit your individual preferences. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range from 10-40 miles.

How do I get to Tiverton Parkway?

Tiverton Parkway can be reached by train – 2 hours from London / Birmingham or can be driven – approximately on hour south of Bristol. Cars can be stored securely at the station (fees payable).

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