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Devon Cycling Holiday

The Devon Cycling Weekender is 115 miles of amazing countryside on mainly traffic-free routes and trails taking you from ilfracombe on the north coast of Devon to Salcombe on the south coast.  The tour combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and Devon and finishes in the picturesque town of Salcombe on the South coast.

  • 115 miles of beautiful mainly traffic free routes
  • Estuary views, lush green valleys and amazing scenery in the moors
  • Excellent and friendly accommodation
  • Experience breathtaking victorian viaducts and bridges
Nights: 3
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From £450

  • The Tour

    Cycle the ancient county of Devon, defined by sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks. The English Riviera is a series of picturesque, south-coast harbour towns including Dartmouth, Illfracombe and Brixham. The South West Coast Path follows the coastline, taking in the towering cliffs of the northern Exmoor Coast and rock formations on the fossil-rich southern Jurassic Coast.

    The route between Ilfracombe and Salcombe is 115 miles long, on mainly traffic-free routes.  The tour combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and the surrounding area. There is also many local links and spurs to explore. 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.

     

    What's Included?

    • 3 nights hotel or B&B accommodation
    • 3 days supported cycling
    • Bike hire (supplement of £100 pp)
    • Transfers from and to nearby train stations or pick up point
    • Mechanical support
    • Breakfast, picnic lunch and snacks during the day
    • 2-3 Garmin consoles depending on group size
    • Holiday photographer
  • Day By Day

    Day 1 Illfracombe to Iddesleigh

    Leaving Ilfracombe, the route travels south towards Braunton and from here 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. This section of the route is known as the Tarka Trail and is perfect for cyclists of all abilities.

     

    Route data:

    • Distance  62 km
    • Ascent  657 m

    Day 2 Iddesleigh to Tavistock

    From Iddesleigh you will travel south to Okehampton on quiet scenic roads. You will then begin part of the Drakes Trail which fully traffic-free route taking you over bridges, through woodlands and through charming villages. Finally finshing in the characterful town of Tavistock, you can relax and recharge your batteries for the final day of cycling.

    Route data:

    • Distance  73 km
    • Ascent  1,100 m

    Day 3 Tavistock to Salcombe

    From Tavistock you will skirt around Dartmoor and meander along quiet country lanes passing small hamlets and villages. The South Hams provides spectacular scenery and you will soon begin to set your eyes on the coast. Finishing the tour in the picturesques town of Salcombe will feel amazing and what an achievement to cycle from coast to coast!!

    Route data:

    • Distance  57 km
    • Ascent  1,020 m
  • Accommodation

    During your Devon Cycling Weekender you will stay in a selection of hotels or B&B accommodation. The accommodation is situated on the beach, in beautiful devon villages or in the moors.

    The hotels and B&B's have been selected for their customer service towards cyclists and their location.

    If you are booking as a single client you will be sharing a twin room with another client (of the same gender) unless you book a single room for a supplement of £100 (contact toby@letsgovelo.co.uk for availability).

  • Getting Here

    Included in the price of the holiday is the transfer from a nearby trainstation or location to suit. Illfracombe is accessible from Barnstaple Railway Station, which is only 10 miles away. There are great trains links with London Paddington and Birmingham New Street with a change at Exeter St Davids. More information on train times and schedules can be found on the National Rail website. 

     

  • Dates & Prices
    July 2017 Price
    1st - 4th £450
    8th - 11th £450
    August 2017 Price
    12th - 15th £500

    Please note that departures can vary slightly if you would prefer to start the tour on Thursday night. A minimum of 6 is required for each holiday with a discount applicable on group bookings of 6 or more. Please always enquire by email toby@letsgovelo.co.uk or by phone 07877526297 before booking.

  • Booking