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Devon & Cornwall Cycling

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  Tour Operator   Active England Tours

    United Kingdom

  6   days   (Bike: 4 days)

  150   mi   (~ 38 mi  per day)

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Explore Devon’s Dartmoor National Park and wild ponies, escaping the crowds and returning to nature.

Journey down into Poldark country, along our carefully chosen cycle routes, including mineral tramways, off road tracks and converted rail to trail paths, so you can bike at a leisurely pace without distractions and with stunning views around every corner. Finish your days in historic coastal villages along the South West Coast, getting to know the real England and be enchanted by the stories and history revealed within some of the finest landscapes and views in the world.

Flexible Cycling Distance Options Each Day Don’t feel obliged to cycle the full distance each day. There are shorter options for guests, with opportunities to spend more time at the iconic sites, gardens, beaches, coves and in the towns for those wishing to cycle fewer miles each day.

Tour Information

Guided     £   2329


Guided: May 14, June 4 & 18, July 2, August 13, September 10 & 24, 2023

  • All breakfasts
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Transport throughout
  • Bikes and equipment
  • Entry tickets (e.g. to the Tate St Ives, Lost Gardens of Heligan)
  • International flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunches and café stops
  • Gratuity for your local guide

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Cornish Cycle Tours

At Cornish Cycle Tours, we love Cornwall and we love cycling.

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Discover the magic of our Cycle Tour Holidays in Cornwall

Our safe and enjoyable cycling holidays in Cornwall are for cyclists of all levels of fitness and experience.

Our self-guided, fully supported cycle tours take in the Duchy’s most beautiful areas, staying at charming and comfortable inns and guesthouses.

The West Cornwall Cycle Tour

The south coast cycle tour, challenge yourself.

Our Sport Cycle Tours have been specially planned with the serious cyclist in mind. You’ll be covering more miles per day than on our Leisure Cycle Tours , with some challenging terrain. We’ve even found a 28% hill, one of the steepest in the country.

Our cycle tours

Cycle Path in Cornwall

Leisure Cycle Tours

We have nine different bicycle tours to choose from, ranging from a long weekend to a two week trip, and catering for a wide range of abilities and preferences of daily riding distance.

Cyclist Sports Tour

Sport Cycle Tours

Our Sport Cycle Tours make the most of Cornwall’s hilly coastal terrain, with rewarding views and beautiful scenery. Some even include the 28% incline at Hustyn Hill – one of the toughest hill climbs in the UK.


Electric Cycle Hire

We’ve introduced a fleet of electric cycles which can be hired for our Leisure Cycle Tours. The Giant Quick E models use batteries to give cyclists a little bit of extra pedal power.

The Poldark Tour

  • Mid and West Cornwall
  • 177 miles (285 km)
  • Skill: Medium

Following coastal lanes and cycle trails, The Poldark Cycle Tour showcases the setting of the nation’s favourite TV programme, weaving through recognisable filming locations and historic landmarks!

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Cycle Tour

Discover cornwall and the isles of scilly….

This relaxed 14-day tour takes you on a gentle ride along the coast of Cornwall before boarding The Scillonian ferry to the Isles of Scilly.

  • Cornwall - The Isles of Scilly
  • 177 miles (285km)
“Cornwall is such a beautiful part of England, the fishing villages and old mining towns, rugged coastline, inns and pubs; we could not have asked for more.” Scott & Michelle Boynton - Canada
“Cornwall is spectacular and the cycling up and down the hills into the small fishing villages is rigorous and satisfying.”  Peter & Heather Stark - Canada
“ Our cycling trip was one of the very best holidays my sister and I have had. We just loved the places where we stayed, it was fabulous to see the country and to experience marvellous views and super food. “ Vanessa & Patsey Rivers - Australia
“The cliffs, beaches and towns make the hilly cycling days worthwhile. The personal customer support made our tour even more enjoyable because we didn’t have to worry about anything. My mum and I had an unforgettable cycling week in Cornwall.” Heidrun and Kim Meissner - Germany
“We loved our accommodation and the bikes were very well maintained and very comfortable. We would highly recommend the experience to any foreign traveler as it gives you a real taste of Cornwall and England.” Judith & Baden Sommerville - New Zealand
“The bikes were in excellent condition, and the small inns where we stayed were very welcoming and comfortable. An awesome vacation!” Chester Arnold - USA
“Oh the scenery! Every hill and every drop of rain was worth it. Cornwall is so beautiful and cycling is a perfect way to see and feel it.” Bronwyn Sawford - Australia

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  • Captivating Cornwall

Cornwall cycling holiday leads around the coast of this captivating landscape

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Lying on England’s rugged southwestern tip, Cornwall captivates with its dramatic cliffs and coves, its intriguing tales of smuggling and mining, the myriad of steep villages rising from the sea and the vibrant art and culinary finds around every twisting corner. And you will be beguiled too as you pedal our Captivating Cornwall tour around the coast from St Ives and Padstow on the north coast to the Lizard peninsula and Eden Project on the south.

The terrain, particularly on the coast, is very steep but our inclusion of E bikes makes this cycling holiday one we are so delighted to offer, enabling you all to enjoy this captivating blend of history, panorama and greenery. Coast by eye watering seafood, over deep estuaries by ferry and along disused railway tracks to a pottery or two. Freewheel past basking seals and sheltered sands to descend into a tin mine, drift through lost and glorious gardens and the film sets of Pilcher, Poldark and Doc Martin, breeze across wild moorland and up twisting village lanes and sail by ancient ports into wonderful vineyards and fascinating art galleries before sinking into a cosy inn at the end of a fabulous day. With stays in 6 coastal retreats from art mecca to fishing harbour and from cliff top to cool foodie hub and stylish waterfront, its not surprising we call it Captivating Cornwall!

Holiday details

from £2,520 per person

from £4,145 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Electric bike and 3 walking transfers if you choose the optional walks.  See what’s included as standard

Start & Finish

Starts Thursdays April 1st to Oct 31st in St Ives and finishes Rock/Padstow. Newquay airport is 1.5 hours from St Ives and 40 minutes from Rock/Padstow. Penzance rail station is 20 minutes from St Ives and Bodmin Parkway is 40 minutes from Rock/Padstow

Four inns, a gastro pub and a B&B

Two boutique hotels, one 5 star and two 4 star hotels and a boutique B&B

Holiday type


This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Not so gentle cycling. More info...

Electric bikes

7 days of cycling 20-32 miles (32 or 52 km) per day with 2 optional days of walking

Steep hills every day


  • Stay an additional night at any stop and walk the coast path
  • Fly to the Scilly Isles on day 3
  • Take a guided tour and tasting at Camel Valley, Cornwall’s largest wine producer at 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings lasting 1.5 hours
  • Take a tutored tasting and guided tour at Knightor Winery close to the Eden Project on Thursdays and Sundays at 12. Sunday lunch is available afterwards
  • Enjoy our local guide cycling with you and sharing their knowledge on your first day

The hotels were excellent - tasteful and comfortable with great bathrooms. No 1 favorite Mullion Cove and No 2 favorite St Enodoc

Terry and Eve

The bikes were great. Our Host Paul was really helpful and knowledgeable

George and Julie

Itinerary day-by-day

Classic & luxury.

1 . Day one

Harbour Hotel and Spa

Arrival in St Ives

Arrive by car, or via Newquay airport or Penzance rail station and transfer to St Ives (1 hour or 20 minutes). Check into your hotel located in iconic St Ives. The marvellous setting of the town on the sea with its sandy bay and wonderful light, made it a mecca for artists in the 19th Century. With a Tate exhibition and Barbara Hepworth Gallery among many others, the cobbled streets and typically Cornish houses are worth a good explore.

2 . Day two

The Old Coastguard

St Ives to Mousehole/ Newlyn

Your E bikes will be delivered to your hotel by your host who will meet you, fit you to your bikes and run through your itinerary and GPS route. Then you are off on your first day of cycling which leads you along the stunning rocky, Atlantic coast north of Land’s End to Mousehole/Newlyn. Its far away from the madding crowd here with a string of coastal villages and superb pub stops at weirdly named Gunnards Head and Zennor. There’s the must see tin mine at Geevor where you can head underground and appreciate how Cornwall’s wealth was created before you arrive at the charming coastal villages of either Mousehole or Newlyn where you spend the next two nights.

23 miles (37 km)

3 . Day three

Mousehole/ Newlyn circular ride to Lands End

Today you ride to the 'end of the road' at Lands End and enjoy the dramatic cliff top scene. Take in charming Porthcurno and the fascinating outdoor theatre at Minack where you may like to watch a performance. If you prefer to walk today, then pick up the dramatic coast path a few minutes away from your hotel and enjoy a walk west towards Land’s End along the awe inspiring coast line and cliff top. We meet you at a cove to transfer you back to your overnight stay. With advanced planning, its also possible to spend the day exploring the old fashioned Scilly Isles using the new helicopter service from nearby Land’s End airport (weather permitting of course). With no cars there, you can walk or cycle and ferry hop with the subtropical gardens at Tresco Abbey being one of the special features. Return to Mousehole/Newlyn for your overnight stay.

27 miles (43 km) or 6.6 mile walk

4 . Day four

Mullion Cove Hotel

Mousehole/ Newlyn to Mullion

Another exciting day ahead as you ride beach side past the Newlyn art scene and through Penzance. Beyond is St Michael’s Mount - you can walk or paddle the one mile pebbled causeway or take the ferry, depending on the tide, to this remarkable island. Pedalling on inland, you ride through the grounds of aristocracy and freewheel dramatically into the wondrous little fishing port of Porthleven. Then head to Helston before arriving at the coast for your overnight stay. Close by are the remarkable gardens of the Bonython Estate. The Manor and its gardens were the location for the Rosamunde Pilcher ZDF film adaptations "The Prime of Life" (Blüte des Lebens), "Summer of Awakening" (Sommer des Erwachens) and "Anwälte küsst man nicht" (loosely "Lawyers Do Not Kiss You"). Rosamunde was born 15 miles away.

32 miles (51 km)

5 . Day five

Hotel Tresanton

Mullion to St Mawes

Enjoy two further wonderful gardens today and two ferry hops as you cross the glorious Lizard peninsula, heading for the beautiful Helford River. Take the ferry across this idyllic estuary to reach the National Trust Glendurgan Gardens or even better the gardens at Trebah. Glorious riding past coves and beaches worthy of a dip lead you on to Falmouth where you should explore this vibrant town. A second ferry hop then takes you across the deep estuary of Carrick Roads to upscale and utterly charming St Mawes with your hotel on the water front.

21 miles (34 km)

6 . Day six

Carlyon Bay Hotel

St Mawes to Carlyon Bay

The day starts with steps down to a tiny ferry to reach the stunning Roseland Peninsula where the cycling is flatter. You touch the sea again at Porthluney Cove and Portloe and pedal on to reach Mevagissey. Its narrow streets and steep valley sides make this an attractive old town which was once the centre of Cornwall's pilchard fishery. It still boasts a working harbour, with small fishing boats and has a long tradition of boat building. Many of the old buildings are built of cob and slate, typical of the area. Your route also takes you past the evocative and extensive Lost Gardens of Heligan before reaching Charlestown. This historic Georgian port exported china clay and copper and today is an unspoilt port with wooden tall ships. It was a key filming location for Poldark and countless other movies. Carlyon Bay lies a tad further on along the south coast.

29 miles (47 km)

7 . Day seven

St Enodoc Hotel

Carlyon Bay to Rock/ Padstow

Not far from your hotel is the renowned Eden Project which you may want to visit. Or a little further on you also pass Lanhydrock National Trust gardens and house. Once in Bodmin, you pick up an old railway line as you ride along the flat and fabulous Camel estuary, traffic free but often busy. Call in at Camel Valley vineyard with its award winning wines and try a glass if that appeals. Steaming through Wadebridge you pedal on to Padstow, the home of Rick Stein restaurants, on the north coast. It has a pretty but crowded harbour scene and a lobster hatchery worth a visit. You stay here or in Rock for 2 nights with a short ferry crossing over the Camel estuary if you are staying in Rock.

8 . Day eight

Circular Ride to Port Isaac

The final day of your tour is a cycle saunter along the north coast which leads you to the huge sandy beach at Polzeath, alive with surfers. The next 2 stops are quite different as you see the more traditional north coast which is rocky and often with dramatic cliffs. Port Quin is a tiny hamlet in a natural cove where pilchard fishermen were once based whilst Port Isaac beyond is notably larger and now busy since it shot to fame with the filming of Doc Martin. None the less it is utterly charming with its steep narrow streets and alleys and its fishing boats tied up in the harbour. You shortly turn inland and wend your way through timeless villages clustered around a church and inn. Nice surprises appear now and then - a local pottery, a bee centre and more. If you prefer to walk today, we will transfer you at the start and end of the day to Port Quin where your circular walk begins and finishes. Follow the stunningly beautiful coastal path all the way to Port Isaac where a well earned break can be enjoyed. For the return, you head off on a footpath that will lead via a wooded valley, across open rolling Cornish coastal country back to Port Quin.

21 miles (34 km) cycling or a 5 mile walk

9 . Day nine

Depart Rock/Padstow

Depart at leisure from Newquay airport (50 minutes) or Bodmin Parkway Station (40 minutes) or let us quote you for a transfer back to St Ives

Harbour Hotel and Spa

The Old Coastguard

Mullion Cove Hotel

Hotel Tresanton

Carlyon Bay Hotel

St Enodoc Hotel

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Popular cycle trails include the Camel Trail, a 17-mile trail from Padstow to Bodmin; the Mineral Tramways Network, that follows the historic mining routes in central Cornwall; and Bodmin Moor, for an off-road adventure!

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Off-road Devon Biking Tour

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  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Pickup: Tiverton Parkway
  • Carbon: 76kg CO2e
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cycle across Devon and Cornwall on his 6 Day Guided Adventure

If you prefer cycling on trails rather than road, this is the trip for you. This fully guided cycling tour is perfect for those wanting to experience one of England’s most treasured counties, Devon. Riding coast-to-coast, our itinerary takes us off-road and onto the trails, with scenic bike trails crossing wild moors, stunning estuaries and lush woodlands and parks. Cycle past the famous surf beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe, before heading into the heart of Devon and onto the romantic wilds of Dartmoor as we make our way to Plymouth.

Along the way, visit iconic local landmarks and beautiful wild swimming spots. Enjoy a pint in the oldest pub on the moors and have our hand-picked local guides point you toward the best Devonshire cream tea around. Cycle on the famous Drake’s Trail, visit the brooding landscape that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles and rest up at the end of each day in tried-and-tested hotels and B&B’s.

Devon is just waiting to be discovered, and with Active England to guide you, we promise a guided tour that will take your breath away.

Your Itinerary

Arriving into Tiverton Parkway for 11.00am, our local guides meet you at the station before transferring to the wilds of Dartmoor. After stopping for lunch in the picturesque harbour town of Ilfracombe, we don our cycling gear and bike around some of North Devon’s famous surf beaches. Lungs filled with coastal air, we continue into the ancient river-port town of Barnstaple, where we check in for the night before beginning our crossing of inland Devon.

Joining the Tarka Trail, named after Henry Williamson’s famous 1927 novel, Tarka the Otter, we cycle along the stunning Taw and Torridge estuaries via Bideford and Great Torrington. Stopping at a quirky railway-station-turned-café for lunch, we then pick up the Tarka Trail again and bike along converted railway lines to Hatherleigh. One of Devon’s smallest but liveliest towns, we check in here to The George Inn, enjoying a pint of local ale, a plate of fresh food and a well-deserved rest.

We start north of Okehampton, locally known as the “Gateway to Dartmoor,” and begin our moorland adventure by cycling the trails to Devon’s finest stone circle at Gidleigh Common. Leaving the bikes for a moment, we hike up to the surrounding tors, immersing ourselves in the wild expanse of this unique corner of England. Following a picnic lunch, we return to the cycle trails and trace our way to the charming market town of Chagford. There’ll be plenty of opportunity here for our guides to help you trial Devon’s famous cream tea, as well as to take a refreshing dip in the River Teign. We end the day by resting up and enjoying a delicious dinner at the homely Three Crowns Inn.

Continuing our moorland adventure, we bike down the old railway line toward the picturesque town of Bovey Tracey. We then skirt back around and climb on foot from Haytor to Hound Tor, said to be the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, before making our way to the highest and most remote pub on the moors. Standing 434 metres above sea-level and with a fire that’s been burning for 200 years, we stop here for lunch before looping back around for a second evening in Chagford.

For the next leg of our journey south, we bike along The Granite Way toward Lydford and onto the famous Drake’s Trail. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to hike to one of the stunning filming locations for War Horse, and to cycle around Burrator Reservoir, passing through the labyrinth of prehistoric fields around Down Tor. From here, we continue to Plymouth, riding on downhill gravel trails toward the imposing 17th century fortress, the Royal Citadel. Upon arrival in Tinside, there’ll be chance for a dip in the iconic waterside lido to mark the end of your coast-to-coast cycle, before we enjoy a final evening together in Plymouth.

On our final morning, we say our goodbyes. For most guests, this will organise a transfer back to Tiverton Parkway or parting ways at Plymouth Railway Station. Wherever your journey takes you next, though, our guides will be on hand to provide all the help you need.

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The George

Devon - 3* Option

The George Inn, Hatherleigh Having first been established around 1450 The George Inn is one of the oldest pubs in the county of Devon, and located in the smallest town in Devon. Famous for its welcoming and homely atmosphere, they offer freshly cooked food served by friendly staff.

Three Crowns, Chagford

Three Crowns, Chagford Behind its imposing granite facade, the Three Crowns is a magical mix of 13th century features and contemporary comfort and style. From beamed ceiling and huge inglenook fireplaces, to a glass atrium and stunning courtyard garden, the Three Crowns is a delightful place to enjoy great food and a comfortable stay.

What our guides say...

This trip is epic! Off-road cycling on some beautiful trails and across the moors of Devon.

What’s Included

  • All accommodation as indicated on the itinerary
  • All breakfasts and x2 dinners (excluding dinner drinks)
  • Bikes / E-bikes available on request
  • GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
  • All special events, iconic points of interests, expert guests and entrance fees
  • All transportation from rendezvous to farewell locations
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
  • Services of a professional local guide

Accommodation Types

We have handpicked the best family run, independent and country hotels, pubs and guest houses. Cosy and with informal dining, these country hotels are friendly and relaxed, with great menus with locally sourced food and ales. Our handpicked accommodation is 3* with the option to upgrade to 4* for an additional cost.

Difficulty Level

This tour is rated easy-to-moderate, requiring guests to be competent cyclists and proficient walkers. Guests wanting to make use of the swimming options must be able to swim 300m unsupported before joining this tour. Every activity remains flexible and dependent on weather conditions, tides and seasonal variations.

Equipment Provided

  • Phone mounts
  • Bike accessories
  • Guests are free to bring their own pedals / saddles, which we will fit to the bikes

Pre & Post Tour Travel

Pick-up location: Tiverton Parkway railway station. Our cycling holidays are designed to be completely relaxing, with the start of our tours sitting within easy reach of London, Bristol or the Midlands. This tour begins from Tiverton Parkway, a direct 2-hour train journey out of London, so that you can begin your holiday stress-free. End-of-tour location: Plymouth railway station.

Where is Devon? Devon is in the South West of England, with craggy coasts to the North and South and ancient hills on Dartmoor in between! It has inspired authors and painters from afar and is a beautiful area in all weathers.

What is the best way to get to Devon? The best way out of London and into Devon is by train. From Paddington direct to Exeter St David’s or Tiverton Parkway in around 2 hours. The South West is also easily accessible from Bristol and the Midlands by train. If you prefer to drive, there is station parking available at all train stations.

Can I do a cycle tour as a solo traveller? All our trips are open for single travellers to join, these trips are a great way to meet social, like-minded people, active and looking for a great holiday. Over 30% of our guests travel alone. Solo guests have the option to have a room on their own or share with another guest.

How hilly is Devon? There are hills, but with hills come great views and it means you feel like you’ve earned your fish & chips, cream tea or Cornish pasty! You can also choose an electric bike if you’d prefer to have a boost!

What to pack for a cycling holiday? A sense of adventure! We’ll provide bicycles and helmets but you are welcome to bring your own saddle and pedals which we’ll fit to our bikes for you.

Why choose a guided cycling holiday ? Our guides are the beating heart of our tours and can make all the difference to the enjoyment of your holiday – so we make sure to choose them VERY carefully! They are driven, knowledgeable, know how to have A LOT of fun and importantly will do their best to make your trip magical and memorable.

How fit and active do I need to be to come on a cycling tour? Our trips have different length route options for those wishing to travel further or faster, and for those looking for a more leisurely ride. Daily route options vary from 30-50 miles on average. You can always upgrade to an e-bike if you prefer!

What’s the weather like in Devon? Changeable! Devon has a much more tropical climate than the rest of England so it is often warmer and wetter – it’s not uncommon to have sunshine and showers in the same day, or even the same hour! It’s generally very pleasant and settled during the summer.

Make this trip private

Our private tours offer complete freedom to customize your trip. Base your tour on one of our scheduled departures, or tailor a bespoke experience to match your every expectation. We love combining our knowledge of England with our expertise in planning and delivering the best adventure trips.

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What’s the Number? Nearly everything has a carbon footprint. Together with ecollective, we’ve measured the carbon impact of not only every tour we operate but our entire business. We’ve taken into account greenhouse gas emissions across the business including office, travel, website, vehicles, accommodation, activities, food, suppliers…

What does the number mean? We’re going to improve this by measuring and reducing our footprint each year. That means working with our suppliers to make changes that have a more positive impact on us and the planet. What does this look like in reality?

  • Redesign trips to reduce our carbon impact
  • Working closely with all our suppliers across England to join us on our decarbonisation journey
  • Switching up our vehicle fleet to electric
  • Investing in projects that permanently remove carbon from the atmosphere for any emissions that remain.

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We’re committed to reducing our impact on the planet and working towards a sustainable future. We’ve taken ownership of our carbon footprint and are on a mission to reduce our emissions year on year.

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The Best Cycling Routes In Devon and Cornwall

Eden Project

Lush coastlines, endless heathered moorlands, dizzying cliffs – Cornwall and Devon have it all. It’s these very features with over hundreds of miles to explore which make the possibility of two-wheeled pursuits so exciting. There are countless cycling trails traversing the west coast such as over hill and dales (via pub) for off-roaders, Mamils or pootlers. Here’s some of the very best pathways to suit cyclists of all abilities.

The granite way.

Part of National Route 27, also known as the Devon Coast to Coast (a mere 99 miles, which encompasses other favourites like the Tarka Trail), The Granite Way is a scenic, largely traffic-free 11-mile jaunt south from Okehampton to Lydford. Carved from the granite massif that forms part of Dartmoor, it’s a relatively stress-free way to take in the sculpted and mineral rich landscape over the Meldon Viaduct and Dam. Mostly comprised of old railway line, it’s a gentle cycle that’s good for beginners and families. Once in the Saxon village of Lydford, check out the 13th century prison, somewhat dubiously titled ‘Lydford Castle’.

Meldon Viaduct

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Dartmoor Way

This circular path , which links up with the Devon Coast to Coast, offers the full array of Devon’s charms; quaint villages , spectacular and spacious moorlands and wending lanes. It’s a relatively new trail that caters to the climbers and endurance riders, but it’s a satisfying mix of wild lands and ancient settlements to break up the journey. A stop in Buckfastleigh should be on the cards, for a tour round the Gothic Benedictine monastery, Buckfast Abbey. Just a sip of their infamous tonic wine, Buckfast, will be enough to power through the final miles.

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The West Country Way , which meanders from Padstow all the way up to Bristol, features some of the most diverse vistas in the country. A section of this 240-mile journey on National Route 3 is a 40-mile looped climb through the back country lanes of Exmoor, a grind well worth the stellar views atop the ridge road. This route, back and out through Barnstaple isn’t for the faint-hearted, as only serious cyclists should attempt the distance and the ascent. For mountain bikers, Exmoor is a great place to learn and fine-tune, as it’s home to the infamous Beast of Exmoor race. Try the Porlock Weir or Lynton & the Valley of the Rocks for moderate routes with technical and sea view descents.

Valley of the Rocks

History and the future collide in the sprawling arms of the Clay Trails in the heart of Cornwall. The towering reminders of the prolific China clay mining industry are visible on several stretches of the trail, most notably between the Eden Project and Wheal Martyn. It’s worth taking the route that comes within sight of the glowing white orbs of the Eden Project, an indoor rain forest, carved out and cultivated from the clay pits the region thrived on in the industrial age.

Most segments in the Clay Trails are easy-to-follow, suitable for all ages, but for a challenge there’s the Carclaze loop and the St Austell circular – ‘hilly’ being an understatement. But from the top of the world is the chance to see it all, from the shining ripples in the St Austell Bay to the clay towers themselves – the ‘Cornish Alps’. On the descent, stop in at St Austell Brewery, one of the oldest in Cornwall to recoup some energy.

Eden Project

Camel Trail

Easy, accessible and largely traffic-free, the Camel is an ideal family day out through a beautiful conservation area. Adjacent to the northern part of the Clay Trail, this level 18-mile trip is pastoral nirvana and it’s common to see some of the diverse wildlife species that populate the countryside, from otters and dormice in the Camel Estuary to kingfishers nearer the coast. There’s access to harder routes, like the North Cornwall Trail near Bodmin, capping the southern end, or head northwards and stop at the trail head to explore the sweet fishing village of Padstow.

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Devon is the ideal holiday location for safe cycling, with many of the old disused railway tracks having been converted into dedicated cycle ways, including the Ruby, Tarka and Tamar Lakes.

Because of this, it’s a popular destination for cyclists, with a wide range of routes that cater to riders of all abilities.

Here are some of the best cycle routes in Devon that you should consider for your next cycling adventure:

The Ruby Country is a beautiful, unspoilt and undiscovered area in the heart of rural Devon. Enclosed by Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, Ruby Country is the ideal base for a magical and relaxing visit to the West Country.

Historically a livestock farming area, Ruby Country takes its name from the Devon Ruby Red cattle famed in the area for their resilience and association with the grazing the challenging culm grassland environment.

The 10-mile Ruby Trail cycling route offers spectacular views and an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting more!

The trail starts at Bideford and winds its way through some of North Devon’s most beautiful areas. You’ll pass through quaint villages and rolling green hills, as well as stunning coastal locations. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take in the scenery, stop for a picnic, or even visit one of the many attractions on offer.

Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way that runs in a 180 mile figure-of-eight through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his 1927 novel, Tarka the Otter.

It’s a fantastic and sustainable way to explore from the coast, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments.

The Trail passes through towns such as Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe, and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path , the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.

Tamar Lakes

The Tamar Lakes circular cycle trail is a pretty 2.8 mile trail, ideal for families with children as the trail has been developed in partnership with the 1 South West off road cycling project.

1 South West is working to create an off-road cycling region for people to enjoy adventurous off-road cycling and progress their riding with confidence. The Tamar Lakes trail follows the shoreline of the two lakes, meandering through woodland and on to open countryside.

There’s also a wealth of wildlife to watch and discover at Tamar Lakes, with bird hides located at both Upper and Lower Lakes.

The Devon Coast to Coast Route

This long-distance cycling route takes you from the Atlantic coast in the north to the English Channel in the south, passing through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Devon.

The route covers a distance of around 150 miles and passes through Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park, and the South Hams region.

The terrain is varied, with some hilly sections and some flat sections, and the route is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

The Dart Valley Trail

The Dart Valley Trail is a cycling route that follows the River Dart in South Devon, starting in Dartmouth and ending in Totnes. The route is mostly flat and traffic-free, making it suitable for riders of all abilities. It is well-marked and easy to follow, with stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside.

The trail follows the river as it winds its way through the South Hams region of Devon, passing through the charming villages of Dittisham, Tuckenhay, and Ashprington. These villages are all worth a visit in their own right, with pubs, cafes, and other amenities where you can stop for refreshments.

The trail is around 20 miles in total and can be completed in a day if you are feeling fit. Alternatively, you can take your time and break the route up into shorter sections, stopping along the way to explore the villages and enjoy the scenery.

The Exe Estuary Trail

This cycling route takes you along the Exe Estuary in East Devon, starting in Exmouth and ending in Dawlish. The route is mostly flat and traffic-free, making it suitable for riders of all abilities.

The trail is around 15 miles in total and can be completed in a day, and is well-marked and easy to follow with stunning views of the estuary and the surrounding countryside.

The trail passes through the charming villages of Topsham, Exton, and Powderham.

One of the highlights of the Exe Estuary Trail is the section that passes through the village of Topsham, which is located on the banks of the river. Here, you can stop and enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the village’s pubs or restaurants, or just take in the stunning views of the estuary.

Devon is the ideal place for cyclists

No matter which route you choose, and whether you are an experienced rider or a beginner, you are sure to have a great time cycling in Devon.

The county has something to offer for riders of all abilities, and with its beautiful landscapes and charming villages, it is the perfect place for a cycling holiday.

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The terrain is slightly hilly. You will encounter a short incline from time to time or maybe one or two heavy stages. With an e-bike and some cycling experience you should easily be able to handle this level. Daily distances span 50-75 km.


Bike Tour: Cornish Cycle Tour - 9 days

Cycle around approximately two thirds of the county of Cornwall, following the coastal roads as near as possible to the sea and covering parts of the South West Coastal Path, winding in and out of coves and bays. This trip takes in the best of Cornwall with a surprise around every corner. Think white sandy beaches, industrial history, gardens, medieval castles, and traditional former smugglers' pubs. The hotels, inns and pubs that you'll be staying at are carefully chosen by our team based on quality & location and really help you immerse in Cornwall. 

This ride offers an enormous wealth of coastal scenery, from rugged cliffs to sandy beaches, sleepy coves to marsh, cape and headland. Much of the area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cycle in a land of smugglers and ship wreckers with great historic and literary associations.

There's no escaping the fact that this is a cycling tour packed with hills. Many are steep, some are long and winding, some will take you by surprise and others will tease you from a distance. They make this a ride best suited for intermediate-to-advanced cyclists, or those who opt for an e-bike. Each day varies in elevation, length and gradient which keeps things interesting.

While you’ll be spending a large amount of time on your bike, you’ll still have plenty of time to stop and take in the picture-perfect surroundings. We particularly urge you to explore and enjoy the gastronomical delights that this tour has to offer - you’ll have certainly worked up an appetite. 

Enjoy locally produced Cornish ice cream and cream teas and go home with great memories of England's south west coast (one of the sunniest areas within the UK).

Why do the Cornish Cycle Tour with us:

  • Same start and end point - possibility to park your car or organise roundtrip transportation
  • Daily luggage transfers - pedal light and completely focus on enjoying your holiday in Cornwall
  • Premium 2-4 star accommodation - selected based on comfort, location & character
  • Cycle at your own pace, stop when you want
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Below, learn more about this cycling holiday in Cornwall or contact our team to discuss your wishes. 

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Make your own way to Padstow. The town is named after St. Petroc who came here circa AD 500. The church of St. Petroc is one of a group of three said to have been founded by the saint. It is quite large and mostly of 13th and 14th century date. The old harbour usually has a nice ensemble of boats including the old pilot vessels. You can find nice pub fayre and a Rick Stein café/restaurant, not forgetting Rick's Fish & Chip shop and ‘National Lobster hatchery.’  Accommodation : Our normal inn dates back to the 14th Century and is the oldest existing pub in the town.

If you are hiring bikes, the bike hire shop opens from 9.00 am, so after breakfast, make your way there to collect and check out your steed before pedalling off southwards on roads close to the Cornish coast. From Padstow, cycle along the coast past Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay. Passing by the surfing beaches and town of Newquay and follow coastal lanes to the village of Crantock with its pretty church and round garden, before arriving at Perranporth.

It is believed that Saint Piran founded a church at Perranzabuloe near Perranporth in the seventh century. Buried under sand for many centuries, it was unearthed early in the twentieth century, but again left to the mercy of the sands in the 1970s. Otherwise this is a pretty small resort with a very long 3 mile beach, sea stacks and shrieking gulls. The ride between Padstow and Newquay can be very busy in summer, and instead you can choose an inland route which goes through St Columb Major. Adding 12 km/7.5 miles to the day’s total, but it is faster and flatter.

The bike ride today passes many old tin mine workings riding to the village of St. Agnes. There are then a couple of steep descents and ascents into the bays at Porthtreath and Porthtowan, before rolling along the coast road towards Hayle with a possible stop at Godvrey Head. Skirting the Hayle Estuary, which is noted for its seabirds and waders, you then roll past beautiful Carbis Bay to reach the town of St. Ives. This dates back to AD 460, when the missionary St. Ia, daughter of an Irish chieftain, landed here and gave her name to the settlement.

Protected from Atlantic storms, St. Ives was once the most important fishing port in Cornwall, but like elsewhere on the surrounding coast, by the beginning of the 20th century, the fish stocks became depleted and the fishing fleet largely disappeared. However as early as 1811 Turner visited to paint the seascapes and by the late 1880s there were several artists installed and the town became famous for its vibrant artists’ colony. This perhaps reached its peak during the late 1940s and the 1950s. Today, their work can be seen in the St. Ives Tate Gallery, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Bernard Leach Gallery.

Cycling steeply out of St. Ives, the roads take you along a classic Cornish scenery of small farms with ancient drystone walls, mine engine houses and chimneys. You could stop for a coffee in the attractive village of Zennor, famous for its mermaid legend. You could take the road out to Cape Cornwall then check out the landscape, visit the tin mining museum at Geevor or continue on, perhaps to have a snack at the old village of St. Just before visiting Land’s End. Have an ice cream at ‘The First and The Last ‘ store. This is England’s most westerly point, it is possible to see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.

Then you’ll head east through Treen, passing some ancient remains, and cycling through the semi tropical valley at Lamorna. The route runs down the coast of Cornwall to Mousehole (pron’Mowzl’), another picture postcard village. It has a history of pilchard fishing and now has a small artists community. You then pedal through Newlyn and into Penzance. This has a number of attractions including some Georgian and Regency housing, the exuberant Egyptian House, Maritime Museum and National Lighthouse Museum.

Before Treen you can take a little detour to Porthcurno which is home to the Minack Theatre. It is dramatically situated and built by Rowena Cade - a unique place where the auditorium and stage are carved into the cliff above the sea, and above a wonderful bay. Accommodation : You will stay at one of our selected guesthouses/B&B's in the seaside town of Penzance.

A short day of cycling, allowing you the opportunity to explore Penzance or spend some time relaxing on the beach. From Penzance there is a flattish but dramatic ride around Mounts Bay with views over to St. Michael’s Mount with its tidal causeway. You maybe able to fit a visit in with the tide times. The road then goes inland before you reach Porthleven. This is another charming fishing village, whose harbour is closed by wooden baulks during storms with good restaurants and a couple of nice pubs. You can enjoy fine seafood at the inn or venture along the quay to a seafood restaurant that is famous all over Britain (reservations recommended!). Accommodation : We stay in a 4-star inn by the quayside with old stone flags on the floor and oak beams and wood panelling in profusion. The bar retains the ambience of an old fisherman’s pub, and offers friendly service in traditional surroundings. If you are there on a Saturday, there will often be entertainment as well.

Pedal out inland to cross Lizard Point avoiding the steepest coastal hills. You pass the heath of Goonhilly Down to St. Keverne to view its pleasant village square and remarkable churchyard. Here over 400 shipwreck victims of the nearby Manacle Reef are buried. Continue cycling to Helford and round the pretty villages that surround the Helford River. Frenchmans Creek here was made famous by the writer Daphne Du Maurier. Here you need to take a ferry across the Helford River. On the other side you could drop into the famous Trebah Gardens, before continuing through to the pretty cove at Swanpool for a coffee or an icecream. Finally, you roll into Falmouth, home to the world’s third largest natural harbour and the National Maritime Museum. Accommodation : We use a number of guesthouse/B&B's in this lively town.

You start today's cycling with a ferry ride from Falmouth to St. Mawes. It is a remote pleasant little yachting harbour at the end of the Roseland Peninsula, which boasts a clover leaf castle built by Henry VIII in 1542. Today is hilly as you visit various attractive coves on the route, you are cycling across the pretty Roseland Peninsula passing through Veryan (with its round houses) Portloe and Portholland before rolling past Caerhays Castle and beaches. Then cycle along country lanes with some steep hills to the old fishing and smuggling village of Mevagissey.

The hilly route continues to your overnight stop in Charlestown. This attractive old port was used as a location for filming Poldark and Jane Austin’s Persuasion. Usually there is at least one square ridded vessel being worked on in the old dock, which gives the place an old fashion air. There is also a shipwreck museum. Today or tomorrow you could visit the Eden Project, famous in Cornwall it is a biosphere reserve with tropical gardens.

Heading towards the Eden Project, in the old China Clay pits, you avoid the busiest roads, to ascend the quiet lane through Tregrehan Mills to join a rough track that goes to the project. At a junction, if you want you can do an excursion off along the Clay Trails - a landscape well known for its clay tips and pits created by the 250-year-old clay mining industry. This striking and dramatic scenery is visible from distances of many miles. You can ride them, passing the Eden Project and then into the beautiful UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’ valley before the pretty village of Luxulyan. Then onto Bodmin, which has an 18th century gaol where you could break for lunch passing the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, where steam locomotives are still chugging away. Leaving Bodmin, your Cornish Cycle tour ends with a gentle cycle along the Camel Trail. Follow the river towards Padstow and you have now completed this exciting loop of Cornwall. Accommodation : As per the first night.

Depart Padstow after breakfast.

Starting dates :

Daily from 1 March to 20 October

The hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts on this cycling trip in Cornwall are family-run, clean and comfortable (ranging from 2-4 stars), and provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their knowledge of Cornwall is invaluable. Where possible, we choose locations that add to your experience.

If you decide not bring your own, you can rent a bicycle through us. You can choose from a range of bicycles suitable for your route. As well as providing you with the different options available, our team can organise the rental for you. Just contact us for details .

Once all confirmed, you will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel or at an alternative meeting point. When your bike is handed over to you, you'll also be provided with items such as the keys, chain lock, helmet and spare inner tube. 

To complete this Cornwall cycle tour you need to be of adequate fitness. The bike trails are generally flat and uncrowded and the longest distance is about 30 miles (50km). There is ample time to sightsee Cornwall between cycling. 

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Bicycle hire not included; bike hire available for additional cost: Lightweight Bike £100pp, Electric Bike £220pp (subject to availability) and pair of panniers £25pp.

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One piece of luggage per person transferred between your accommodation daily, not exceeding 20kg. Please note all luggage moves over October dates will incur a Winter Transfer Supplement.

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Nearest train station: Bodmin Parkway - from there bus 11 to Padstow

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Paid long-term parking by the harbour in Padstow

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Cycling and Mtb in Cornwall

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In recent years a number of cycle trails have been created which give you the opportunity to ride safely off-road .

Additional cycle routes have been designed, making use of minor roads which take you through some of Cornwall's most beautiful countryside. So whether you're an experienced cyclist or a family out for a relaxing afternoon, Cornwall's cycle trails and routes can provide you with an enjoyable and healthy way to experience the Cornish countryside.

As the use of cycles has increased in Cornwall new cycle ways have been created between towns.  These include newly opened off road cycle paths between Tresillian and Truro; Shortlanesend and Truro.

Cornwall Cycle Trails

Cornwall has many cycling routes and trails.

The Cornish Way is a 180 mile (288km) trail from Bude to Land's End. It is part of the National Cycle Network. It consists of 6 individual trails.

The Mineral Tramways Trails are an extensive network of multi-purpose trails which take you on a tour through Cornwall's history. There are 7 trails in this network.

Each cycle trail in Cornwall is featured in the links below with details of that trail, a map of the trail and information on places to visit along the trail. You may also find details of cycle hire or accommodation available for that trail marked on the map if any of our members are closeby. Please click on a link to view the trail information.

Mineral Tramways Trails:

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Coast to Coast Trail    17.5km / 11 miles From Portreath on the north coast of Cornwall to Devoran on the south coast of Cornwall. Coast to Coast - from sea to shining sea; Atlantic to Channel - cycle across England in just a couple of hours ! Great Flat Lode Trail    12km / 7.5 miles

Circular trail. Tresavean Trail    1.8 km / 1.1 miles Portreath Branchline Trail    8.8 km / 5.5 miles Tehidy Trail    4 km / 2.5 miles Tolgus Trail    3.5 km / 2.2 miles Redruth & Chasewater Railway Trail    12.4 km / 7.7 miles

The Cornish Way Trails

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First & Last Trail    39.6 km / 25 miles

Land's End to Hayle. Engine House Trail    38.7 km / 24 miles

Hayle to Truro. Coast & Clay Trail    71.5 km / 45 miles

Truro to Bodmin via St Austell. North Cornwall Trail    64.6 km / 40.5 miles

Bodmin to Cornwall border, near Bude. St Piran Trail    55 km / 34.5 miles

Truro to Padstow via Newquay. Camel Trail    27.4 km / 17 miles Padstow to Poley's Bridge near Bodmin.

The Clay Trails

St Blazey to Par Beach    5 km / 3 miles Wheal Martyn to Eden Trail    8 km / 5 miles Bugle to Eden Trail    6 km / 4 miles

More Cornish Cycle Trails

Goss Moor Trail    12 km / 7 miles Pentewan Trail    4 km / 3.5 miles Wheal Peevor Trail    St Austell Link to Wheal Martyn Trail    3.5 km / 1.75 miles

National Cycle Network Routes

National Route 2 - Dover to St Austell (NCN2)    599 km / 373 miles National Route 3 - Land's End to Bristol (NCN3)    553 km / 344 miles National Route 32 - Bodmin to Truro (NCN32)

Cornwall also offers the opportunity to take guided bike trails, giving you maximum enjoyment and minimum hassle, as experienced guides with local knowledge show you the best of Cornwall's bike trails.

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Cornwall offers many other scenic cycle routes including the Camel Trail from Padstow on the North Coast into the beautiful Cornish countryside.

Hustyns , Bishops and Grogley woods between Wadebridge and Bodmin are excellent for their bike trails with Grogley Woods in particular having many great downhill runs through the trees.

In addition to the off road routes there are also cycle lanes along many of Cornwall's roads linking major towns and places of interest and many of the local councils or cycle shops produce information about scenic cycle routes in their area. Cycles can be hired throughout Cornwall.

Tehidy Country Park offers a cycle trail through woodland, suitable for all the family. Tehidy Country Park is a free admission country park accessed from either the Camborne Redruth Area or from the North Cliffs between Gwithian and Portreath .

For more cycling and mountain biking locations in Cornwall see the list below the map.

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Cycles can be carried by train and it is advisable to contact the relevant train companies which operate in Cornwall for their policy on cycling.

Books can be purchased online by clicking on the links below :

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  • The Cornish Way / An Forth Kernewek 2000, 170 miles of routes for cycling and walking from Bude to the Land's End, ISBN 1898160935,

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Cycling & Cycle Routes in Devon

Cycling in Devon means skimming through wonderful scenery on amazing cycle routes, through unspoilt villages and wild moorlands - there are nearly 150 miles of the National Cycle Network in Devon. Coast or country, moorland or canal, straight line or circle, there is a wonderful abundance of family-friendly cycle routes in Devon to suit all moods covering everything from 3 to 30 miles. Try the stunning route through North Devon on the Tarka Trail, one of the many routes around Plymouth , or the Exe Estuary Trail, a 20 mile cycle ride around the glorious River Exe. Designed to give visitors memories to treasure, you'll find these routes exciting yet safe for families and novice cyclists.

Cycle routes in Devon

To explore Devon by bike is to really experience its full beauty. There are lots and lots of Devon cycle routes, paths and trails to choose from, so hop on and you’ll find stunning coastal scenes, rolling green hills and glorious woodlands – plus friendly pubs and cafes in which to refuel.

The Exe Estuary Trail 

Where: this 26 mile, mainly flat cycle route and walkway runs around the entire Exe Estuary, and has fantastic views along the River Exe. It’s mainly off-road, and links Exmouth to Dawlish Warren , via Topsham and Exeter, and forms part of National Cycle Network 2

You’ll see: stunning wildlife, and pass through some beautiful riverside towns and villages. The Exe Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA, and Ramsar Site, so it’s great for bird watching.

The Tarka Trail

Where: the trail runs in a 180 mile figure-of-eight through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka The Otter. It passes through beautiful coastal and inland towns and villages including Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford , Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe, and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way. Bike hire is available at various locations along the trail.

You’ll see: North Devon’s internationally important coastal Biosphere Reserve, and also pass through ancient woodland, craggy clifftops, bubbling streams, farmland and moorland.

Scadson Woods Bike Park

Where: this purpose-built mountain bike trail near Paignton is great for all abilities. With three downhill trails of approx 500m long, the trails are built to a professional standard, and there’s also an area for beginners and skills training area with riding obstacles and dual slalom track.  

You’ll see: 13 acres of lovely woodland surroundings, with badger setts and important wildflower areas

Also near here: Torbay’s velopark, the only outdoor closed road circuit in Devon and Cornwall which welcomes both amateur and professional cyclists.

East Prawle Cycling Route

Where: the route covers a 12 mile circular journey around this beautiful part of South Devon , along quiet country lanes,roads and bridleways. 

You’ll see: superb and varied scenery and lots of evidence of the area’s local maritime history, plus glimpses of local wildlife if you’re lucky.

Drake’s Trail

Where: this network of walking and cycling routes runs along the western edge of Dartmoor for 21 miles between Tavistock and Plymouth , and takes in lots of places of historical interest. The Trail also includes the long-established Plym Valley Trail, and creates a network of safe and easy cycling and walking opportunities for all the family to enjoy, with lots of coffee shops and pubs alon the way

You’ll see: the trails take you through wooded river valleys, across open moorland, and up close to fascinating wildlife and history. Follow the whole route and you’ll see iconic features such as Gem Bridge, Grenofen Tunnel, Burrator Reservoir, Sir Francis Drake’s birthplace at Crowndale Farm near Tavistock, and his former residence at Buckland Abbey near Yelverton.

Plymouth’s Waterfront

Where: cycle from Sutton Harbour and the Barbican along the easy route to Plymouth Hoe then onto Millbay and Stonehouse before arriving at the historic Royal William Yard

You’ll see:  Plymouth’s waterfront offers some fantastic sights, including the iconic Smeaton’s Tower as well as excellent views across Plymouth Sound and the Tinside lido, as well as Mountbatten, Drake’s Island and the Mount Edgcumbe Estate in Cornwall. 

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Cornwall and Devon family cycle routes

Are you looking for a fun and active way to spend time with your family while on holiday in Devon and Cornwall?

This article provides information on some of Devon and Cornwall’s best cycle rides for kids. Whether you're looking for a leisurely day out exploring the stunning coast or a more challenging ride through the countryside.

Some of these cycling routes are completely traffic-free and some take in some quiet roads.

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Tarka Trail Devon

  • Suitable for: all ages and abilities
  • Length: 30 miles (one way - can be done in shorter sections)
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: mostly flat
  • Traffic: traffic-free
  • Starting point: Braunton or Barnstaple
  • Bike hire: cycle hire is available in several locations
  • Public transport: The Tarka Train Line runs regular services between Exeter and Barnstaple.
  • Parking: Barnstaple or Braunton

Tarka Trail Cornwall coast family cycle ride

The Tarka Trail is an 180-mile walking route, with a 30-mile traffic-free cycle path linking Braunton with Meeth.

The cycle route is a disused railway path and is the UK's longest continuous traffic-free shared use path.

If you enjoy spotting wildlife, then you are sure to enjoy this trail as it crosses many wildlife habitats including estuaries, salt marshes, woodland and meadows!

Most access points along the way are restricted by gates or posts, they are usually just over a metre wide with enough room for a trike or a bike trailer.

Along the way you can take a detour and visit Barnstaple town centre, or you can venture on and then pop into Torridge Estuary, Instow or Bideford which are all lovely areas to stop for refreshments.

More information about the route on the Tarka Trail website.

Camel Trail Cornwall

  • Suitable for: everyone but you may encounter some traffic along the route
  • Length: 18 miles (one way - can be completed in sections)
  • Elevation: relatively flat, little legs may feel slight incline
  • Traffic: mainly traffic-free
  • Starting point: Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin or Wendfordbridge
  • Bike Hire: Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge
  • Public transport: You can get the train to Bodmin Parkway train station and then from here you can catch the steam train on the Bodmin and Wenford railway .
  • Parking: Padstow, SW921 747 (Multiple car parks in the town), Old Town Cove (SW932 742, Follow signs for Old Town Cove from St Issey), Wadebridge, SW988 727 (Multiple car parks in the town)

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This trail is relatively flat, mostly traffic free and can be cycled in sections which makes it suitable for little ones if they are unable to cycle long distances at a time.

The sections below would all make for a nice 10/12-mile round trip for a family day out:

  • Padstow to Wadebridge: 5.5 miles (completely flat)
  • Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne): 5.75 miles (small incline when you approach Bodmin)
  • Bodmin to Wenfordbridge: 6.25 miles (gradual incline - 30 metre ascent)

In Wadebridge, the route goes on the road, so be mindful of that with little ones.

As you cycle this route you can take in the beautiful Cornish countryside, and you can even take some time to spot wildlife such as otters, bats, kingfishers, or dormice! There are plenty of places to stop to take a break if needed along the way.

More information about the route on the Camel Trail website.

Granite Way Dartmoor

  • Length: 11 miles (one way)
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Traffic: traffic-free apart from Lydford
  • Starting point: Okehampton or Lydford depending which direction you choose
  • Bike hire: Granite Way Cycles (bike trailers and tagalongs available) and Devon Cycle Hire .
  • Public transport: Okehampton train station
  • Parking: Okehampton Station has a car park, and you can also park at Lydford car park

Granite Way Okehampton family friendly bike rides Devon

The Granite Way cycle route runs for roughly 11 miles on a disused railway path. The route starts in Okehampton and takes you towards Meldon and Lydford.

There are plenty of stunning views on Dartmoor along the way, you will reach the remarkable Meldon Viaduct and the breath-taking Blue Bell woods.

Along this route there are pubs and restaurants where you can stop for food and drinks and to give your legs a rest!

In Lydford, you can cycle into the village along the road and visit Lydford Castle and Lydford Gorge . If you don't want to cycle on the road, you can always park your bikes and walk the 0.5 miles to the village (and pub!).

Find out more about the route from the Visit Dartmoor website.

Exe Estuary Trail - Devon

  • Suitable for: all ages
  • Length: 22.5 miles (one way)
  • Traffic: mostly traffic-free
  • Starting point: Exmouth or Dawlish
  • Public transport: train to Dawlish or Exmouth
  • Bike hire: several cycle hire options
  • Parking: available in Exmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, and Topsham

This trail is mostly traffic-free and fairly flat, so it is great for young children or not so confident cyclists though be sure to know what distance each rider is capable of doing as the complete route is around 22.5 miles.

As you make your way along the route, you'll be able to admire the charming villages and towns, all while being surrounded by the countryside, and the expansive water.

Plenty of refreshment options are available along the route, as you'll be passing some lovely waterside villages.

More information about the route on the Sustrans website.

Pentewan Valley Trail Cornwall

  • Length: 3.4 miles (one way)
  • Starting point: various places you can join but typically start at St Austell station or Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire, PL26 6BX
  • Bike hire: Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire (bike seats, bike trailers and children's bikes available)
  • Public transport: St Austell train station
  • Parking: you can park in Pentewan and follow the route towards St Austell or there are small car parks available along the road towards Pentewan and at King’s Wood

As you cycle along this trail, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and the beautiful Pentewan Sands Beach.

There are also several points of interest along the way, including the historic harbour of Pentewan and the charming village of St Austell, where you can stop to visit and grab a bite to eat!

More information about the route on the Clay Trails website.

Eden Project to Wheal Martyn - Cornwall

  • Suitable for: confident riders
  • Length: 5 miles (one way)
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: some short inclines
  • Traffic: mostly traffic free but will need to cross a main road
  • Starting point: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
  • Public transport : there is a direct bus from St Austell train station to the Eden Project
  • Bike hire:   Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire
  • Parking: at the Eden Project and Wheal Martyn

Eden Project cycle ride family bike trail

If you're staying near the Eden Project , and you're looking for a day out from there, this is a lovely family bike ride. This ride starts behind the Plum Car Park at the Eden Project.

As you continue through the gardens, you will venture into the countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque villages which you can always stop off in to refuel if needed!

This route will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Cornwall, with stunning views of the countryside and coastline.

The cycle from the Eden Project to Wheal Martyn is a moderate-level ride with some inclines and rough terrain, and it involves crossing a main road, so it may not be suitable for young children or inexperienced cyclists.

Goss Moor - Cornwall

  • Suitable for: suitable for most but some on road riding
  • Length: 7 miles (circular route)
  • Traffic: mostly off-road and traffic-free
  • Starting point: you can join at different points along the route
  • Public transport: St Columb Road or Roche train station
  • Bike hire:   Explore By Bike in Bodmin
  • Parking: several car parks along the multi-use trail - Screech Owl Sanctuary and near the level crossing north of Tregoss

If you are looking for a leisurely bike ride, then this route is perfect. It is relatively flat, which means that all abilities can ride it, and is well signposted throughout.

This circular trail winds around the expanse of National Nature Reserve Goss Moor. You can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including birds, rabbits, and even the occasional deer!

There are also plenty of spots to stop for a picnic along the way to regain some energy.

More information about the route on the Cornwall Council website.

Cornish Coast to Coast (C2C)

  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • Starting point: Portreath
  • Public transport: Redruth train station connects to the C2C via NCN3
  • Bike hire : available at Portreath , Saint Piran , and Elm Farm Cycles.
  • Parking: Portreath

Cornish Coast to Coast family friendly cycle route

The Cornish Coast to Coast (also called C2C) trail runs along a historical tin mining trial and has bike hire and cafes for any refreshments you may need.

Along this route, you will encounter a variety of terrain, such as peaceful country lanes, cycle paths adjacent to main roads, forest tracks, moorland paths and ancient bridleways.

Some sections of this route are rugged, so we recommend using a hybrid, MTB, or a general kid's bike rather than a road bike. During this ride, you can expect to see everything from rocky cliffs, sandy beaches to rolling hills and lush forests, making it a truly memorable ride!

If you are worried about the distance, you'll be happy to know that you can join at many points and ride as much or as little of it as you want!

Read Karen's article about riding the C2C with her children when they were 8 and 10 years old.

The First and Last Trail (Land's End to Hayle, via Penzance) - Cornwall

  • Suitable for: confident riders as there is a mixture of off and on road sections and there are inclines. However, the trail between Penzance and Marazion is off road and suitable for families.
  • Length: 25 miles
  • Elevation: quite hilly and is shared with vehicles and pedestrians
  • Traffic: parts require on road riding and shared with traffic
  • Starting point: Land's End
  • Public transport: Penzance or Hayle train station
  • Bike hire: several cycle hire places available at Penzance
  • Parking: available in Sennen, Newlyn, Penzance, Longrock, Marazion and Hayle

The First and Last Trail cycle route is a stunning journey that takes you on a tour of the beautiful coastlines of Cornwall.

Beginning at Land's End, although you can join at various points, you then head towards Hayle. This route offers a mixture of terrain, and sections of on-road cycling are required, meaning some sections can be quite challenging for little ones.

It is also important to be prepared for changes in weather conditions and ensure you pack snacks and plenty of water. Along the route, you can stop off to do a bit of sightseeing as you pass by charming fishing villages, sandy beaches, and rugged cliffs.

There's a 2-mile section between Penzance and Marazion that is off-road and suitable for the youngest of riders.

Be sure to take in the stunning scenery as they’re views, you’ll want to remember!

Bike parks and pump tracks in Devon and Cornwall

If you're looking for a day out mountain biking or doing jumps, here's our selection of bike parks and pump tracks in Devon and Cornwall:

  • The Track Bike Park, Redruth, Cornwall (entrance fee)
  • Woody's Bike Park, Fowey (entrance fee)
  • Dartmoor Bike Park, Ashburton (entrance fee)
  • BMX pump track, Velator, Braunton (free)

In Devon and Cornwall there are various routes to choose from that will suit your family's abilities.

Furthermore, there are several cycle rental companies close to each route, making it easier to plan a cycling trip.

So why not start planning your next journey, pack a picnic, grab your bikes, and set out on one of these unforgettable rides?

You're sure to make memories with your children as you explore some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.

With the unpredictable weather in the UK, you should check out our article on the best packable kids waterproof cycling jackets before you head out!

This article was written by Paige Harrop, who did a work placement with Cycle Sprog in 2023 as part of her Journalism degree at the University of Chester.

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Cycle Tour of Devon and Cornwall: Day 8

I woke to a damp and misty morning.  I made my porridge and gathered blackberries from the hedgerow behind the tent.  The ducks waddled over to see if I would give them any scraps but soon headed off to the other campers when they realised there was nothing for them. 

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I wiped the heavy dew from the outside of the tent which quickly dried as soon as the clouds briefly parted which allowed me to pack away the tent.  I loaded up the bike and headed down to Mevagissey.  On the way I passed by the Lost Gardens of Heligan but decided not to stop as I had a long day of cycling ahead of me.  I joined the national cycle route which took me down a wooded lane into the fishing village of Mevagissey. 

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the town was busy with tourists who were all congregating around the harbour and the few cafe which were open.  I explored the harbour which is interesting as it has an inner and outer harbour. 

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I was going to stop for a snack but everywhere was busy so I decided to cycle around the coast a bit further to Porthmellon which was just on the other side of a steep hill.  The hill had great views over Mevagissey.

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It only took 10 minutes to reach the much smaller and quieter fishing village of Porthmellon. I stoped at the cafe for a coffee and a pasty. 

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My bike sparked some conversation at the cafe with people asking where I was going and other cyclists joking that I should have brought a bike with an electric motor which many of the cyclists seem to have these days to help them up the steep hills.  After a short break I headed up another steep hill and along the coast until I unexpectedly came across the large Caethays Castle close to a Porthluney Bay and beach.  From the road I had a great view of the castle with cows grazing on the fields in front. 

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There were many pheasants in the fields calling to each other.  It looked as if they had just been released for the start of the hunting season as they were eagerly exploring grassy banks. 

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I continued to ride around the Pothluney bay stopping briefly at the the small cove before another ascent up a steep hill along the coastal path. 

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There were many squashed pheasants in the road which had been hit by cars. 

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The cycle route took me along the coast occasionally stopping at other small coves.  I stopped in the village of Veryan for a break and to eat some boiled eggs left over from breakfast.  The village had a pretty pond and two very distinctive round houses. 

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Leaving the village the road curved along the Roseland Heritage coast passing small coves and bays.

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The road then curved inland towards King Harry’s Ferry which would took me across the river Fal.  The ferry crossing was very short and free for cyclists. 

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Once on the other side I cycled up over the hill past the entrance to Trelissick Gardens. 

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From there I descended to Restronguet Creek an a great flat cycle path along the estuary.  The tide was out but the views were beautiful along the creek until I joined the A38 at Devoran. 

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I cycled along the main road for a short distance before beginning a long ascent up into the hills above Falmouth to Calamankey’s farm where I would be spending the night.  It was a long climb up the hill which was exhausting given I had been cycling all day.  The lanes took me through beautiful woodland and beneath another large railway viaduct. 

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I eventually reached Calamankey’s Farm Campsite.  The owner wasn’t around but he had previously given me instructions in the morning to camp in the field with the llamas.  He had several fields with many llamas but I found the one where other people were camping.  As soon as I entered the field the Llamas came over to inspect me but soon got bored and walked away. 

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It was 6 pm so I quickly set up my tent and had a shower.  The shower block had underfloor heating and it felt good to be in the warm as the temperature had dropped nearly 10oC over the last couple of days.  I cooked my dinner of pasta with red pesto and climbed into my sleeping bag for a good nights sleep.

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    The Exe Estuary Trail. This cycling route takes you along the Exe Estuary in East Devon, starting in Exmouth and ending in Dawlish. The route is mostly flat and traffic-free, making it suitable for riders of all abilities. The trail is around 15 miles in total and can be completed in a day, and is well-marked and easy to follow with stunning ...

  16. Cycle Tour of Devon and Cornwall: Day 1

    Cycle Tour of Devon and Cornwall: Day 1. September 15, 2020. 15th September 2020. Route: Exmouth to Shaldon. Distance: 23.3 mile (37.2 km) Elevation: 0.3 miles (0.6 Km) After a couple months of planning I finally set off on my new adventure cycling around the coast of Devon and Cornwall. My trip was delayed due to waiting for my new touring ...

  17. Cornwall Bike Tours

    Experience Cornwall in your favourite way! Beyond the usual tourist routes and destinations, we delve deep into the heart of the South West. Welcome to Cornwall Bike Tours, the home of biking experiences - with a wide variety of packages to offer something for everyone. We offer a superb range of tours and hiring plans. You can even hire one ...

  18. Cycling in Cornwall

    Feel the breeze along Britain's coast on the Cornish Cycle Tour with UK BikeTours. Stop at seaside villages and have luggage transfers, detailed notes & much more arranged by our people. ... The hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts on this cycling trip in Cornwall are family-run, clean and comfortable (ranging from 2-4 stars), and provide ...

  19. Cycling Guide Cornwall, Mountain biking in Cornwall, Bike trails, Cycle

    Cycling in Cornwall and Devon: 25 Cycle Tours in and Around Cornwall and Devon (Cycling Guide) Cycling in Devon and Cornwall; The Cornish Way / An Forth Kernewek 2000, 170 miles of routes for cycling and walking from Bude to the Land's End, ISBN 1898160935, Cycle Tours: 24 One-day Routes in Devon and Cornwall (Ordnance Survey Cycle Tours)

  20. Cycling routes in Devon

    Also near here: Torbay's velopark, the only outdoor closed road circuit in Devon and Cornwall which welcomes both amateur and professional cyclists. East Prawle Cycling Route Where: the route covers a 12 mile circular journey around this beautiful part of South Devon, along quiet country lanes,roads and bridleways.

  21. Cornwall and Devon family cycle routes

    This article provides information on some of Devon and Cornwall's best cycle rides for kids. Whether you're looking for a leisurely day out exploring the stunning coast or a more challenging ride through the countryside. ... The First and Last Trail cycle route is a stunning journey that takes you on a tour of the beautiful coastlines of ...

  22. Cycle Tour of Devon and Cornwall: Day 8

    Cornwall, UK. Cycle Tour of Devon and Cornwall: Day 8. September 22, 2020 / 22nd September 2020: Route: St Austell to Long Downs: Distance: 31.4 mile (49.7 km) Elevation: 0.6 miles (1 km) I woke to a damp and misty morning. I made my porridge and gathered blackberries from the hedgerow behind the tent. ... I loaded up the bike and headed down ...

  23. Top 10 Bike Rides and Cycling Routes in Cornwall

    Top 10 cycling routes in Cornwall Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors 1 Coast to Coast Trail - Cornwall Mineral Tramways 01:17 17.7 km 13.9 km/h 120 m 120 m Easy 4.4 ( 7) 154 Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. Send to Phone Customize Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors 2

  24. Best of Devon & Cornwall

    Free 3 day booking hold and flexible changes. From Bath to St. Ives, explore Devon and Cornwall with Trafalgar. Book your 2024 England tour with confidence. Free 3 day booking hold and flexible changes. ... Tours. Best of Devon and Cornwall. 4.4. 509 reviews. Best of Devon and Cornwall. Enjoy Devon and Cornwall. Today's Deal. Was. £1,350. Save ...