Channel to rivers, lakes and moorland — Birdwatching by bike in Devon
Bike Touring Highlight
Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps
You may need to carry your bike.
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
Katherine Moore planned a bike ride.
October 15, 2020
Keep your eyes peeled for woodland species and waterfowl on this Tour, heading to Dartmoor National Park from Plymouth via Warleigh Point nature reserve on the edge of the River Tamar and the gorgeous market town of Tavistock, as well as taking in the wildlife around Burrator Reservoir.Starting from Smeaton’s Tower on The Hoe, just a short ride from the train station, the first section is an urban ride north out of the city. You’ll soon be rewarded with the woodlands at Warleigh Point, where you can look both for woodland birds including greater spotted woodpeckers seen here, as well as birds on or near the water’s edge, such as shelducks.You’ll then follow the River Tavy north along lanes, crossing at the Maristow Wier to ride to Tavistock. If you’re hungry or thirsty, there are many charming cafes in the market here to refuel.There’s a big climb up onto the moor next, but thankfully this ascent from Tavistock isn’t too harsh. Keep an eye out for Dartmoor ponies as well as small moorland bird species and birds of prey overhead.After circling the pretty Burrator Reservoir, you’ll head back to Plymouth along the Plym Valley Trail. In the oak woodland near the River Plym, you must pause a while to see if you can glimpse the nesting peregrine falcons here, if of course you visit at the right time of the year.
October 16, 2020