Coastlines, lakes and Exmoor trails — Birdwatching by bike in Devon
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Bike Touring Highlight
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
A shorter, but by no means flat loop from the North Devon coastline into Exmoor National Park, this Tour is best ridden on a gravel or mountain bike, as it takes in some off-road segments. Enjoy coastal views to South Wales (on a clear day), waterfowl on Wistpoundland Reservoir, history and rugged moorland as you pass close to the Somerset border.From Lyton, start by hugging the coastline heading west, passing the Valley of the Rocks and Woody Bay to pick up a gravel trail with incredible views over the Bristol Channel. As you ride, keep your eyes peeled above you for peregrine falcons and buzzards, as well as for deer and woodpeckers.When you reach the River Heddon, follow it inland through Parracombe and then up to Wistpoundand Reservoir. You’ll need to dismount to reach the bird hide, where you can look over the water for western cattle egret, and even great white egrets sometimes in the winter months.Take National Cycle Route 3 through Bratton Fleming to head east now into Exmoor National Park, stopping to marvel at the old earthworks of Shoulsbury Castle. Next up is a spectacular gravel trail that forms part of the Two Moors Way, a very fun descent for you heading north.It’s pretty much all downhill from here back towards the sea, where you can enjoy something to eat and drink at the end of your ride in the wonderful towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.
October 16, 2020