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Cycling around Plymouth has so much to offer thanks to its diverse location. This maritime city has got it all and if you possess a bicycle, you have a free reign of the astounding surroundings. 

On the English Channel yet protected by two beautiful headlands, cycle routes from Plymouth lead you to fantastic coastal vistas. Ride down to Sutton Harbour and catch the Mountbatten Ferry to explore the hilly, verdant countryside around Wembury and the teeny village of Noss Mayo. 

Riding north east, before you’ve even warmed up you’ll find yourself in Dartmoor National Park. Quiet roads and trails allow you to explore this granite-strewn wilderness with joyful abandon and there’s always an old pub somewhere around the next corner. Pedal north west and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty awaits, with its varied routes from secluded lanes to exhilarating off-road tracks. 


Top 20 cycling routes around Plymouth

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    1
    Difficult
    04:51
    45.8 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Intermediate
    02:25
    19.8 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    01:40
    16.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Difficult
    02:27
    23.3 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 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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    5
    Difficult
    04:57
    47.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    3,125 ft
    3,125 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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    6
    Intermediate
    02:35
    26.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Difficult
    04:03
    40.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Difficult
    03:44
    30.8 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    9
    Intermediate
    01:57
    19.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Difficult
    03:54
    37.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:07
    16.3 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
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    12
    Difficult
    04:00
    37.8 mi
    9.4 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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    13
    Easy
    01:25
    13.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    01:23
    13.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Difficult
    04:35
    44.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Intermediate
    02:37
    25.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Difficult
    04:39
    44.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,475 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Difficult
    04:26
    43.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Difficult
    04:00
    38.4 mi
    9.6 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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    20
    Easy
    01:06
    11.0 mi
    9.9 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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