Bike Touring Highlight
komoot planned a bike ride.
June 14, 2019
Wild ponies gallop through the vast moorlands, as they have for centuries, avoiding towering tors, colourful bluebells and meadow flowers sway as the wind sweeps across the misty moors – stage five will lead you through Dartmoor National Park, the most mysterious countryside in the UK.
Today, you will cover 10 miles (16km), allowing you to fully enjoy the vast expanse of the Dartmoor National Park, its history and landscapes.
Beginning from Okehampton, the wild moor landscape slowly reveals itself to you as you climb, leaving the urban world behind you. Following the Granite Way, you will pass Meldon a pretty village on the edge of Meldon reservoir with a stunning viaduct. Surrounded by open moorland, Meldon reservoir is a picturesque place to eat your lunch on the picnic tables whilst looking out for native wildlife.
From Meldon, you will follow a former railway line that once led from Tavistock to Plymouth through the moors. Look out for some of the region’s iconic tors such as Sourton Tors, Gren Tor and Arms Tor as you ride.
Passing the small village of Sourton and its pretty 14th century church, the traffic-free stretch continues into the mysterious moors. Unusual rock formations protrude from the hills, whilst disused quarries scar the grassy plains and low-hanging clouds mist the landscape. According to folklore, many legends and spirits live on the moors such as the Hound of the Baskervilles from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels, and it’s easy to see why.
After a few miles cycling through the secluded countryside, you will arrive in Lydford. A pretty village nestled in the moors, Lydford is home to Lydford Castle and a beautiful medieval church. You will find many nice places to stay here, including B&Bs, hotels, inns and camping just on the edge of the village.
July 1, 2019