The tour starts at Exeter Railway Station, which is a two hour direct train from London Paddington. We head to an old railway station, home to the Puffing Billy steam train, to begin our ride. This ride is consistently voted the most beautiful Active England ride! Named after the otter in the book by Henry Williamson, the off-road Tarka Cycle Trail takes us right into the heart of North Devon. Our route takes us through stunning countryside and directly to our hotel. Accommodation for the night is in the beautiful village of Hatherleigh at the famous thatched George.
Mileage: 10-20 miles
We cycle along the Coast to Coast North to South Devon cycle trail, riding through the idyllic valleys and stunning countryside towards Barnstaple. From Barnstaple, we ride alongside the ocean and the Taw and Torridge Estuary before heading to the famous Woolacombe beach. There is an optional visit to the quirky seaside town of Illfracombe, and the possibility of curry on the beach for dinner in the sun!
Mileage: 20-35 miles
We cycle out from our hotel along the Granite Cycle Trail, with spectacular views of Dartmoor, through the old Granite mines and downhill to the village of Lydford. We break for lunch and travel in the afternoon to the beautiful town of St. Agnes in Cornwall, right on the coast. There is the option for an afternoon walk along the coast in St Agnes. Accommodation for the night at the stunning Rose in Vale hotel.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
We ride out from the hotel along the intricate tramways of Cornwall’s tin mines, onto the jewel of Cornwall that is St Ives. Best known for its spectacular light and a haven for painters, especially with the Tate art gallery, St Ives is truly magnificent. We lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes and have plenty of time to walk around the town before returning to the Rose in Vale hotel for the evening.
Mileage: 25- 40 miles
We arrive at Bodmin where we join the magnificent Camel Trail. The ride takes us right into 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 villages of Port Isaac (where Doc Martin lives!). We stay in Port Gaverne, a 5 minute walk from Port Isaac in the neighbouring bay.
Mileage: 15-25 miles
We do not bike on the last day, instead touring around Tintagel Castle’s incredible ruins. Perched on the dramatic cliffs, the legend of King Arthur and Merlin’s Cave is strong here, and the walk across the bridge is awe-inspiring. We then transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4.5 hours).
Our partner hotels vary from famous manor houses on Dartmoor, through to boutique and charming hotels in in the vibrant heart of coastal villages.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times. With a fleet of hybrid bikes and e-bike options, most of the biking is off road and traffic-free. Helmets as standard, just bring you shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go. All activities are optional and you can choose to have a ½ day or full day off whenever you like! Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.