Bike Touring Highlight
Road Cycling Highlight
komoot planned a bike ride.
June 14, 2019
The second leg of the Devon Coast to Coast will take you over medieval bridges, along meandering rivers, and past rare birds nesting in nature reserves. Today’s easy ride will take you 16 miles (27 km) from Knowle to Bideford. With only 90 meters (295 feet) of elevation gain, you can relax as you enjoy the stunning scenery.
Following the River Caen, you will reach Devon’s biggest village – Braunton. Rich in history, Braunton is home to various manors, an ancient Dean house and Braunton Abbots that date back to the eleventh century.
Heading southeast from the village, you will join the River Taw where it meets the Bristol Channel for the remainder of the route. Following a cycle path, you will pass muddy beaches and wetlands with diverse wildlife, before arriving in Barnstaple.
One of the main towns in Northern Devon, Barnstaple has been an important place since Saxon times when it was known for its wool exports. Today, it is a thriving town with cafes, restaurants, and independent shops – ideal to whittle away a few hours browsing and indulging in local delicacies.
Continuing along the river on the Tarka Trail traffic-free bike path, you can enjoy 8 miles (14 km) of peaceful tranquillity. Keep an eye out for wading birds, otters and wildfowl that live on the river as you cycle.
Stage two ends in Bideford, a pretty town on the west bank of the River Torridge. With pastel coloured narrow streets and a tree-lined quay, Bideford is a pretty town that was Britain’s third biggest port in the 16th century. Today, the town is dotted with antique shops and home to the historic Pannier market which sells local produce and crafts.
Bideford has various accommodation options such as hotels, campsites and self-catering cottages to make your stay comfortable.
June 30, 2019