Cycling Routes near Colehouse Farm

01/03/2013

Trails for beginners and experienced riders.

The Granite Way  is an excellent mainly traffic-free cycle/walkway between Okehampton and Lydford and much of the Way is within Dartmoor National Park. The trail is ideal for families and those new to regular cycling.The Granite Way is mostly built along the course of the former Southern Region railway line and is entirely off-road for 6miles/9kms between the start at Okehampton and Lake Viaduct.
The Tarka Trail has over 30 miles of route available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon. Passing through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927.
The Plym Valley trail is a superb traffic free cycle route for families or beginners who don't want to exert too much energy. The trail takes you along a gentle incline that follows the route of an old disused railway line. The route takes you through the National Trust woodland at Plym Bridge towards Dartmoor. Starting at the southern most end of the route provides you with some distinct advantages - a decent pub at the end of the trail and the knowledge that the return journey is very much a downhill trip all the way back.
Devon Coast to Coast (NCN route 27) Ilfracombe to Plymouth 99 miles of which 71 are traffic free
Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the route takes you through tunnels and across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges bequeathed by Victorian railway engineers . Heading south from Ilfracombe there's a good traffic free section to set you on your way before joining quiet roads with great views south to Braunton. Here the route starts a 30 mile traffic free section on almost entirely level former railway lines beside the beautiful Taw and Torridge estuaries via Barnstaple, Bideford and Great Torrington to the villages of Petrockstowe and Meeth. Further south to Okehampton on quiet roads the route from there to Lydford. Its along the western fringes of Dartmoor to Tavistock and south from there by more traffic free sections that leads to Plymouth Hoe.
Exe Estuary is a unique and very special place.  The Exe Estuary NCN Route 2, known as the Exe Estuary Trail, is proving to be to be a first class cycling route. This route provides an exciting opportunity for people to experience cycling around the entire Exe Estuary, appreciating the wildlife and passing through some beautiful riverside towns and villages steeped in maritime history.
Dartmoor Classic Sportive which has been voted the UK top sportive in the country. Starting and finishing in Newton Abbot there are 3 classified routes 107miles, 67miles and 34 miles. Each route takes the cyclist over the stunning scenery of Dartmoor and the event is held each June

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