Specifically designed for those who want to get back to nature the 6 day tour is 95% route off road and perfect for families and those who want to bike at a leisurely pace without any distractions.
And to borrow a quote from Steven Spielberg, “ I have never been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty…..and with two-and-a-half weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me.”
The route is along disused railway lines and tracks and includes
The tour starts at Exeter Railway Station, which is a two hour direct train from London Paddington. We jump on our bus to take us to the start of the North / South Devon Cycle trail at the quirky Ilfracombe and after 12 miles of rolling country, past England’s most famous beaches at Woolacombe, we join the pan-flat Tarka trail to Barnstaple and the end of the days ride. Accommodation for the night is in the beautiful village of Hatherleigh at the famous George.
Mileage: 10-20 miles
Named after the otter in the book by Henry Williamson, the off road Tarka Trail is a delicious 33 miles ride into the heart of North Devon. We start in Barnstaple, ride alongside the ocean and the Taw and Torridge Estuary before gently climbing through the idyllic valleys, stopping for lunch at the old railway station, home to Puffing Billy (an old steam train), and then gently downhill to the end of the ride. We again stay at the George in Hatherleigh. This ride is consistently voted the most beautiful Active England ride!
Mileage: 20-35 miles
We head off on the off road Granite Trail, with spectacular views of Dartmoor, through the old Granite mines and then gently downhill to the village of Lydford. On to Tavistock where we break for lunch and the join Drake’s Trail (Sir Francis Drake, famous for defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588) for a gently downhill ride, with Dartmoor again on the left, to the famous naval Port of Plymouth. Accommodation for the night is over the border in Cornwall at the stunning Rose in Vale hotel.
Mileage: 20-40 miles
In the morning ride out from the hotel to the intricate tramways of Cornwall’s tin mines, and onto the jewel of Cornwall that is St Ives. Best known for its spectacular light and a home for painters for the last few hundred years and now with the Tate Modern, St Ives is truly magnificent. We lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes and have plenty of time to walk around the town and visit the Tate Modern gallery 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, a 25 mile downhill ride 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 will visit the archetypal Cornish villages of Port Isaac and Boscastle before heading back to Port Gaverne and our accommodation for the night.
Mileage: 15-25 miles
We give guests a choice, either to bike the Saints Way, to the amazing Eden Project and onto the Lost Gardens of Heligan, or a non-biking trip to the King Arthur inspired Tintagel, with the not to be missed castle perched on the dramatic cliffs. The legend of King Arthur and Merlin’s Cave is strong and the walk across the bridge and onto the castle is awe-inspiring. We then transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4.5 hours). Guests are welcome to travel back in the support vehicle but the train is the preferred and more comfortable option.
Mileage: 15-30 miles (or walking option to Tintagel)
Guests stay in the best 3* and 4* hotels in the Cotswolds and South West region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for the Port Gaverne Hotel. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.
Bike as much or as little as you like, a support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times. All activities are optional and you can can choose to have a ½ day or full day off whenever they like!
Our guides and mechanics will fix all major equipment issues and get you back on the road as soon as possible.
With a fleet of hybrid bikes from Giant and e-bike options most of the biking is off road and safe from all traffic, perfect for those not used to biking on the road. Helmets as standard, just bring you shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.