Cycling in Devon
10 July 2016
Whether you want to have a leisurely ride along the coast, make a day trip to the Velopark or take it off-road in the forest, Devon has your biking needs covered.
There’s lots of opportunity and lots of lovely routes for cycling in Devon.
Nearby is Cofton Holiday Park. Set within 80 acres of glorious Devon countryside, Cofton has been a family-run holiday park for 40 years. Guests return year after year to enjoy our beautiful and convenient location, extensive facilities and wide choice of accommodation types for all the family.
Exe Estuary Trail
The Exe Estuary Trail is a fantastic cycling route. It stretches from Dawlish to Exeter and then (if you’re brave) all the way to Exmouth. It’s a flat mostly traffic free route into the heart of Exeter that provides a fantastic family day out.
Exeter is a level ride (approx 12 miles) there are many pubs and restaurants along the way to stop for some refreshment, as well as the historic Powderham castle.
Bikes are also accepted on the Starcross-Exmouth ferry (£5.50 per person including bike), so it’s well worth taking a trip.
If you think it sounds fantastic and are looking for somewhere to base yourself, the trail is only a five minute ride away from Cofton Holidays.
For more information, visit http://www.exetrail.co.uk/
Torbay Velopark in Paignton
Torbay Velopark is open seven days a week, is a regional centre for cycling and an excellent part of South Devon’s sporting infrastructure. Young, old, experienced or new, the Velopark offers a controlled riding experience set right next to Goodrington beach and Torbay Leisure Centre.
Make a day trip down from Cofton to Torbay which is a drive away or an easy train ride from Starcross or Dawlish Warren stations.
For more information, visit http://www.torbay.gov.uk/velopark
Looking for a ride through nature or something to get the blood pumping? Maybe a bit of off-road is in your wheelhouse.
Cycling in Haldon Forest
The forest offers different routes for every level of experience.
First is the relatively flat and wide Discovery Trail suitable for most types of bike and beginners with basic bike skills. Second is the moderate Kiddens trail, suitable for mountain bikes and those with some off-road skill. Third is the Ridge Ride Trail designed for good bikes with proficient riders. There is an additional Ridge Ride Extreme technical loop for experts with drops, rocks and step downs.
Haldon Forest also offers a skill area and pump loop for those looking to learn or sharpen their off-road skills.
Of course Haldon Forest also offers other events such as Segway tours and the excellent Go Ape centre. Cofton Holidays is only down the road from this action packed Forest adventure.
For more information on cycling in Devon, visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8z5bpz
Cycling on Dartmoor
Dartmoor has an extensive network of quiet lanes and designated cycle routes. However, if mountain biking is more your thing, then there are over 350km of bridleways and byways within the National Park to explore.
The Granite way
The Granite Way is a well surfaced traffic free trail which runs for 16 miles between Okehampton & Lydford. It offers spectacular views and is fairly flat, well as flat as Dartmoor can be!
In years past the awe inspiring views would have been enjoyed by Victorian train passengers on their journey between Exeter and Plymouth.
For more information, visit http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/visiting/vi-enjoyingdartmoor/cycling
We have compiled a few bike hire companies to help you with planning your trip.
|Dawlish – Braking Wind Cycles||Exmouth Cycle Hire||Torbay Velopark Cycle Hire|
|Haldon Forest Cycle Hire
|Dartmoor – Devon Cycle Hire||Dartmoor – Granite Way Cycles|
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol