GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Devon Cycle Routes

Devon is a beautiful county and is well served by a plethora of cycle routes and tracks.
Apart from the obvious splendid coastal scenery in the region one of the main attractions for cyclists is the wonderful Tarka Trail which is a 180 mile figure of eight stretch of footpaths and cycle paths in North Devon.
Highlights on the trail include the Exmoor National Park and some wonderful coastal views.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Devon Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Devon including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abbeyford Woods2 miles (4 km)These woods in Okehampton have miles of nice cycling and walking trails to try. Abbeyford Woods is located just north of the town next to the River Okement. There's a good sized car park just off the country lane which runs through the centre of the woods. Alternatively you could walk to the woods along the Tarka Trail from Okehampton. It's about a one mile walk from the centre of the town. View Full Details>>
Ashclyst Forest2 miles (3 km)Enjoy miles of woodland cycling and walking trails in this large forest near Killerton. There are a number of waymarked trails to try starting from the National Trust Car Park. The forest is excellent for wildlife spotting with various birds and deer to look out for. It is also well known for its butterflies with white admiral, small pearl-bordered fritillary, dark green fritillary, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary amongst the species. You can extend your exercise by heading to the nearby Killerton Park where there are more cycling and walking tracks to try. View Full Details>>
Axminster to Bridport16 miles (25 km)Follow NCN route 2 on this short route through the lovely Devon countryside along minor roads and tracks View Full Details>>
Axminster to Dorchester34 miles (55 km)Travel from Devon into Dorset following National Cycle route 2.
The south coast is never far away as you travel through some lovely countryside on your way to the market town of Dorchester on the River Frome. The route takes you through many pretty Dorset villages including Little Bredy and Winterborne St Martin and has splendid views of the Dorset countryside and coast. View Full Details>>
Barnstaple to Tiverton47 miles (75 km)Follow National Cycle route 3 through Devon and Somerset from Barnstaple to Tiverton on the River Exe View Full Details>>
Bellever Forest5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk around this lovely forest in the Dartmoor National Park. The circular route starts in the pretty hamlet of Bellever and passes Laughter Hole Farm, Laughter Tor, Bellever Tor and a number of interesting stone cairn circles. It's a delightful and peaceful area with lots of different walking trails to choose from. Cyclists are welcome but please keep to the stone roads. The East Dart River also runs through the forest so you can enjoy a waterside stroll and a picnic. Look out for Dartmoor Ponies as they graze the forest. View Full Details>>
Bere Peninsula Circular8 miles (13 km)This circular ride takes you along the River Tamar and then the River Tavy with splendid views of the beautiful Tamar Valley AONB. You start at Bere Ferrers and head north along the River Tamar to Bere Alston before the route returns to its origin along the River Tavy. You will also pass near to the beautiful Lopwell Dam which is worth the small detour as you return. View Full Details>>
Bideford to Ilfracombe31 miles (50 km)This lovely route follows National Cycle Network routes 3 and 27 from Bideford to Ilfracombe on the north Devon coast.
Much of the route is traffic free following first the Tarka Trail along the River Torridge and then the River Taw around Barnstaple. You then join the South West Coast path with its stunning coastal scenery, passing through the pretty villages of Woolacombe and Mortehoe as you go. View Full Details>>
Blackdown Hills - Hemyock Uffculme Culmstock Circuit11 miles (17 km)The Blackdown Hills AONB is a splendid place to cycle with so much beautiful countryside to enjoy. The Blackdown Hills AONB website has created a series of fantastic routes exposing some of the finest scenery of the area. View Full Details>>
Bude to Bideford40 miles (65 km)Cross from Cornwall to Devon following National Cycle Network route 3 from Bude to Bideford. This section follows the Tarka trail: a popular off road cycle path which follows the River Torridge for a scenic and traffic free ride. View Full Details>>
Bude to Okehampton35 miles (56 km)Follow National Cycle Network routes 3 and 27 from Bude in Cornwall to Okehampton in Devon View Full Details>>
Burrator Reservoir4 miles (6.5 km)The area surrounding this reservoir in Dartmoor is well worth exploring on foot or by bike. As well as waterside paths along the reservoir there are miles of lovely woodland trails, brooks, streams and waterfalls in the surrounding area. You'll also pass a number of rugged Dartmoor Tors and the River Meavy at the western end of the reservoir. View Full Details>>
Cann Woods3 miles (5 km)These woods on the outskirts of Plymouth have miles of good cycling and walking trails. For mountain bikers there's some good downhill trails and nice wide tracks for leisure riding. Features include twists, turns, jumps and some berms built up by local riders. See the video below for an idea of the sort of tracks you will find on the site. View Full Details>>
Devon Coast to Coast99 miles (160 km)This is the complete National Cycle Network route from Ilfracombe on the North coast of Devon to Plymouth on the south. The route follows National Cycle routes 27 and 3 through this beautiful county, making use of miles of disused railway lines. Most of the ride is traffic free making for a really fabulous cycling experience. View Full Details>>
Exe Estuary Trail16 miles (26 km)This splendid, largely traffic free ride takes you around the beautiful Exe Estuary on the south Devon coast. It runs along National Cycle Network route 2 from Exmouth to Dawlish. The ride takes place on mostly well surfaced, flat cycle paths so it is quite an easy ride. Most sections are suitable for families or beginners looking for a nice introduction to cycling. View Full Details>>
Exe Valley Ride7 miles (11 km)This lovely easy ride or walk follows the River Exe, the Exeter Canal and National Cycle route 2 from Exeter to Exminster.
Highlights include Exeter's attractive quay, views of the Exe esutaury and the Riverside Valley Park.
Please click here for more information on this route. View Full Details>>
Exeter Canal5 miles (8 km)Follow the Exter Ship Canal from the centre of Exeter to the River Exe Estuary. It's a nice easy cycle or walk following the canal towpath for about 5 miles. View Full Details>>
Exeter to Dawlish16 miles (25 km)Follow National Cycle route 2 along the River Exe from Exeter to Dawlish View Full Details>>
Exeter to Exmouth12 miles (20 km)This easy route follows National Cycle route 2 from Exeter to Exmouth. View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Axminster34 miles (55 km)Follow National Cycle route 2 through Devon from Exmouth to Axminster.
This ride includes some beautiful coastal scenery and attractive countryside as you travel through Devon. Highlights on the route are the spectacular scenery along the Jurassic Coast and the lovely seaside towns of Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Seaton. View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Railway Path4 miles (7 km)This is a nice easy cycle or walk along the disused railway path running from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton. View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Lyme Regis31 miles (50 km)Follow National Cycle route 2 through the Devon countryside from Exmouth to Lyme Regis. You will cross the border from Devon to Dorset on this attractive route which follows the spectacular Jurassic Coast. The route starts near Exmouth train station and heads east along off road paths and a dismantled railway line to Budleigh Salterton. A series of quiet country roads then takes you onto Sidmouth and then Seaton before finishing in Lyme Regis. View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Sidmouth12 miles (20 km)This short route takes you along National Cycle route 2 from Exmouth to Sidmouth. The route starts near Exmouth train station and heads east along off road paths and a dismantled railway line to Budleigh Salterton. A series of quiet country roads then takes you onto the finish point at Sidmouth. View Full Details>>
Granite Way11 miles (18 km)This lovely, largely off road trail runs from Okehampton to Lydford through the Dartmoor National Park. It passes along a disused railway path and forms part of National Cycle Network Number 27 but is suitable for both cyclists and walkers. View Full Details>>
Haldon Forest Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this 3500 acre forest near Exeter. The cycling trails are well laid out and colour coded according to difficulty. There is a nice easy trail named the 'Discovery Trail' which is well surfaced and great for families looking for a safe ride or for walkers looking for a pleasant stroll. It has fun features for childrenand takes in some stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor. View Full Details>>
Ilfracombe to Minehead39 miles (62 km)Travel through Devon and Somerset along Regional route 51 and enjoy the splendid countryside and coastal views of Exmoor. View Full Details>>
Ilfracombe to Ossaborough Railway Path5 miles (8.5 km)This is a nice easy short walk or cycle along the disused London and South Western Railway Ilfracombe Branch Line, from Ilfracombe to Mortehoe and Woolacombe railway station. View Full Details>>
Killerton Park3 miles (5 km)The Killerton Estate is 6,400 acres of parkland and countryside containing over 60 miles of footpaths and cycle tracks. It is located near Broadclyst in the Exeter region of Devon. View Full Details>>
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)With 865 acres of parkland, beautiful landscaped Cornish gardens and stunning coastline, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is a fantastic place to visit. View Full Details>>
Newton Abbot to Brixham16 miles (25 km)This route starts near Newton Abbot train station and heads south east along future National Cycle route 28 towards Torquay. You'll then follow a coastal path to Paignton and then onto the finish point at Brixham breakwater. View Full Details>>
Newton Abbot to Totnes22 miles (35 km)This route starts near Newton Abbot train station and heads south east along future National Cycle route 28 towards Torquay. You'll then follow a coastal path to Paignton before heading inland towards Totnes on a series of quiet roads and tracks. You'll finish by crossing the River Dart in Totnes. View Full Details>>
Okehampton to Plymouth40 miles (65 km)This lovely route passes through Dartmoor National Park and follows a series of quiet roads and traffic free paths along national cycle network route 27 from Okehampton to the popular port of Plymouth. The first section takes you along the Granite Way to Lydford on a lovely off road path. You then continue on road to Tavistock with the impressive Brent Tor a highlight on this section. After passing through Tavistock you cross the Grenofen Bridge over the River Walkham before a long traffic free woodland section takes you through Bickleigh Vale to Yelverton and Clearbrook. You then join the River Plym and the West Devon Way taking you to Plymouth. View Full Details>>
Plymbridge Woods4 miles (6 km)This is the delightful Plymbridge Woods family cycle trail. It runs alongs the trackbed of a disused railway line through oak woodland, with the River Plym by your side for part of the ride. It's largely flat and uses a well surfaced track so it's a nice safe ride for children or for anyone looking for an easy introduction to cycling. You'll pass a series of viaducts, a disused railway station and pretty bridges over the river. There's also an abundance of wildlife to look out for including butterflies, foxes and deer. Birdlife includes dipper, grey wagtail, little grebe, grebe, heron and kingfisher. From the Cann Viaductyou may also see peregrine falconsbreeding in the summer months. View Full Details>>
Plymouth to Looe22 miles (35 km)This route follows NCN routes 27 and 2 from Plymouth in Devon to Looe in Cornwall View Full Details>>
Plymouth to Tavistock20 miles (32 km)Follow National Cycle route 27 from Plymouth to Tavistock on this attractive largely traffic free route. The route starts near the Plymouth town centre and then heads north along the River Plym and the West Devon Way, passing by the impressive Saltram House - a George II era mansion. There is then a long traffic free stretch through woodland taking you through Bickleigh Vale to Clearbrook and Yelverton. You then cross the Grenofen Bridge over the River Walkham before an on road section takes you to Tavistock on the River Tavy. View Full Details>>
Plymouth to Totnes27 miles (43 km)This beautiful ride along National Cycle route 2 , takes you through Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon AONB.
You start at the marina in Plymouth and follows the River Plym towards Longbridge. The ride continues to Ivybridge on a mixture of on road and traffic free sections. At Ivybridge you will cross the River Erme before heading through the countryside on quiet country lanes towards South Brent, Harbourneford and Dartington. The final traffic free section from Dartington to Totnes is very pleasant with a short spell along the River Dart to finish. View Full Details>>
Roadford Lake9 miles (15 km)This beautiful 730 acre lake and country park in Dartmoor is perfect for a waterside cycle or walk. The route starts at the car park by the lakeside cafe and then takes you around the lake on quiet country lanes. View Full Details>>
Saltram Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a circular cycle or walk around Saltram Park and the River Plym estuary on this easy route in Plymouth. National Cycle Network Route 27 runs along a splendid traffic free trail through Saltram Wood and along the River Plym. There's also lots of walking trails to explore 500 acres of woodland, farmland, beaches, saltmarshes, meadows and river estuary. View Full Details>>
Slapton Ley6 miles (10 km)This walk takes you along Slapton Sands and the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve in Devon. The lagoon at Slapton Ley is the largest natural freshwater lake in South West England. It's a beautiful area with the lovely shingle beach and the ocean on one side and the stunning lake on the other. There are a number of walking trails taking you through the reserve, including a family trail which takes about 45 minutes. You can also easily continue to the nearby village of Slapton. View Full Details>>
Sticklepath Cycle Route29 miles (46 km)This circular route takes you through some splendid Devon countryside around Okehampton and Sticklepath. View Full Details>>
Stover Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland and lakes on this circular walk through the peaceful Stover Country Park, near Newton Abbot in Devon. The walk takes you around the delightful Stover Lake before following the canal outlet through the woodland. The park also includes the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail which takes in specially designed Poetry Posts each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to wildlife of the natural world. View Full Details>>
Stover Cycle Path6 miles (9.5 km)This off road cycle trail runs between Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot on National Cycle Network Route 28. The route runs for about 6 miles on a fairly flat path so it's a nice easy ride. On the way you'll pass through the lovely Stover Country Park where there's 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland and lakes. View Full Details>>
Tiverton to Bridgwater39 miles (62 km)Travel from Devon into Somerset on this lovely largely traffic free ride along National Cycle route 3 View Full Details>>
Totnes to Ivybridge19 miles (30 km)Follow National Cycle route 2 through Dartmoor National Park from Totnes to Ivybridge View Full Details>>
Totnes to Salcombe25 miles (40 km)Follow the Dart Valley Trail and other tracks and minor roads through the beautiful Devon countryside from Totnes to the Salcombe ferry View Full Details>>
Woodbury Common Devon2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy miles of walking trails through this large area of common land in Woodbury, Devon. The common consists of heathland, gorse, heather and pebblebeds from rivers which once flowed across the basin. You can also climb to the ancient hill fort of Woodbury Castle where there are great views of the Exe estuary, Haldon Hills, Otter Valley, and Portland Bill on the coast. The fort was built around 500-300 BC and has a moat which you can walk through. View Full Details>>

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