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Cycling in Devon isn’t always easy on the legs but it’s undoubtedly easy on the eyes. This vast county in the South West of England is defined by its endless countryside, two coastlines and glorious areas with protected status.

Dartmoor National Park lies entirely within the county and features plenty of trails that will provide fantastic views and a deep sense of satisfaction. You’ll find cafes and pubs across the park too, always just in time for a refreshment. 

Cycle routes in Devon will also take you along the beautiful north and south coastlines. Fly along flat cycle trails at the Exe Estuary or head up into the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Devon’s cycling opportunities are incredible and if you don’t mind hills, your bike is your passport to the county’s most beautiful places. 


Top 20 cycling routes in Devon

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    Difficult
    04:35
    39.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,525 ft
    3,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:55
    34.1 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,500 ft
    3,500 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Difficult
    03:11
    31.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:03
    18.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:09
    27.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:37
    26.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Difficult
    05:32
    50.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:42
    50.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    4,700 ft
    4,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:42
    33.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    02:51
    26.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    03:10
    28.6 mi
    9.0 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Difficult
    03:22
    30.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:23
    12.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:00
    18.4 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:23
    47.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    4,225 ft
    4,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:14
    11.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:07
    9.09 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    00:35
    4.90 mi
    8.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:41
    18.2 mi
    10.8 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    20
    Easy
    01:27
    12.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Cycling along beautiful coastlines

With almost 500 miles of coastline, bike rides in Devon can come with a healthy dose of sea air if that’s what you want. The exceptional shores, from the sandy bays and jagged cliffs of North Devon to the green glory of the south, do come with a catch though; they’re very hilly. 

With every up, a down must follow and this is one of the reasons why cycling along Devon’s shores is so phenomenal. Climb steadily on quiet country roads with fields on either side and pause at the top, for outstanding sea views across coves and bays. 

Cycle routes on Devon’s coast aren’t always steep, the Exe Estuary provides beautiful river trails which are flat and bordered by RSPB nature reserves. With a little ferry linking one side of the estuary to the other, you can easily enjoya circular ride.

Taking to the hills and fields

The fourth largest county in England, Devon has a vast interior which is almost entirely rural. Here you’ll find Dartmoor National Park and vast swathes of pastoral countryside, both with plentiful county lanes and winding cycle paths. 

Much of Devon is hilly, with verdant high ground and beautiful valleys. Rugged Dartmoor is a particularly excellent place for strenuous hill rides with breathtaking views and endless picnic spots. North of Dartmoor, you can cycle for hours or days along cycle routes and lower, undulating lanes past little villages and chuckling streams. 

The country has more lanes, trails and bridle paths than you could ever cover in a lifetime, allowing you to ride wherever you want to, always discovering new views and adventures. 

Tips for cycling in Devon

Cycling in Devon is often peaceful thanks to its huge network of lanes and trails so you won’t often be competing with much traffic if you avoid major roads. That said, it’s good to be alert on narrow lanes, where speed limits can be high despite blind corners. 

Steep hills often appear from nowhere and will work up a sweat no matter what time of year. They’re always matched by similarly steep downs though, which can quickly cool the skin. Being prepared to deal with temperature changes is always a good idea in Devon, whether you’re on a crisp winter ride or pedaling through the summer sunshine. 

Don’t forget, when you do inevitably stop for a cream tea, the cream goes on before the jam.

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