Autumn is a great time to hit the road and take in the gorgeous views of North Devon. And what better way to get out and explore on two wheels than cycling.
Devon has a variety of cycle routes to suit all abilities. Enjoy fun rides with panoramic views and plenty of pit stops at cosy pubs and delightful delis. Adrenaline junkies can test out challenging hillclimbs and the thrill of the downhill race. Check out some of our favourite routes to try out…
Braunton to Meeth via Barnstaple on the Tarka Trail
Who doesn’t dream of beautiful scenery, outstanding food and easy navigation on a car-free smooth tarmac…it’s just dreamy.
The Tarka Trail provides you with a gentle ride along one of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, forming part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route. This 30-mile route down a disused railway path starting at Caen carpark in Braunton, is tarmacked with ivy-covered tunnels, and plenty of wildlife and sculptures to spot along the way.
The route is mostly flat with great places to stop and rest. The converted train station café at Fremington Quay has amazing homemade cakes with views across the Taw Estuary. Stop off to sip a cold cider at the PuffingBilly, a relaxed pub in the former Torrington railway station and enjoy lunch in their restored waiting room.
Woolacombe to Braunton loop via Croyde/Saunton
Fancy a meatier challenge? Get some fresh coastal air into those lungs by trying out a 20 mile route leaving the seaside village of Woolacombe and heading through the undulating hills and pretty villages of Georgeham Croyde and Saunton enjoying sea views. At Braunton, head up towards Mullacott and and an elevation climb of up to 600ft back to Woolacombe. This is a great route with a good mix of slow hill climbs and amazing views coming through Croyde through to Braunton.
Braunton Burrows Path Loop
The Devon coastline is best known for its surfing, but the off-road riding also provides some fun times too! Plus there’s some great sections of single track!
Just under a 10miles, this route is great for intermediates. Begin and end in Caen car park, Braunton, which has some cool cycle friendly cafes serving a mean coffee. We love 51 Degrees North or Heartbreak Hotel. Need some bike bits? South Fork bike shop on the main road is really friendly with knowledgeable staff.
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