Distance: 99 miles
Terrain: Cycle paths and quiet lanes
Bike Types: Mountain bikes, Hybrid, Road Bike
Grading : Easy
The Devon Coast to Coast is a north to south ride through Devon which runs from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. The route makes use of old railway lines and quiet country lanes. The ride is suitable for beginners as there are no large climbs and can make a relaxing 3 day ride.
Leaving Ilfracombe, the route travels south and takes you on a traffic-free path before joining quiet roads to Braunton. At Braunton the route takes in a 30-mile traffic-free section almost entirely on old railway lines beside the Taw and Torridge estuaries through Barnstaple, Bideford and Great Torrington to the villages of Petrockstowe and Meeth. This is known as the Tarka Trail and is perfect for families and less experienced cyclists.
The Devon Coast to Coast then heads south making use of the Granite Way from Okehampton to Lydford. Between Tavistock and Plymouth the Devon Coast to Coast route is known as the Drake’s Trail.
The route also skirts around the western edge of Dartmoor, giving superb views but avoiding many of the steep climbs.
The Devon Coast To Coast is one of the easiest CTC routes in the UK and could easily be done in one day by more experienced cyclists. For beginners we would recommend a 3 day tour.
The route forms part of the Velodysseyan which is an Anglo-French cycle route which continues down the West Coast of France to the Spanish border. It make use of the Plymouth to Roscoff ferry connection.
Devon Coast To Coast Route Map and GPX
Harcourt Hotel, Ilfracombe. Rooms, bar, games room, dining room. Cycle storage and drying room.
Yarde Orchard Cafe, Torrington. Eco Lodge bunkhouse, safe bike storage, also a small camp site, cafe.