Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route

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Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route
NCN sign on the Granite Way - - 319452.jpg
NCN sign on the Granite Way
Length99 mi (159 km)
DesignationNational Cycle Route 27
Cycling details
Trail difficultyModerate to difficult[1]

The Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route is a 99 miles (159 km) waymarked route from Ilfracombe in north Devon to Plymouth in south Devon.[2]

Created by Sustrans, the sustainable travel charity, the cycleway runs for over half its length on off-road routes along disused railway lines. The route is part of the National Cycle Network and is designated Route 27. It includes the Tarka Trail, the Granite Way and Drake's Trail, all off-road, plus generally quiet country lanes and bridleways.[3] 71 miles (114 km) of the route are designated traffic-free, with at least one section between Braunton and Meeth being 30 miles (48 km) long.[2]

Towns that can be visited along the way include Tavistock, Okehampton, Bideford and Barnstaple.

The route is normally cycled in two or three days.[4]

Route info[5]

  • Section 1: Ilfracombe to Bideford. Distance: 26 miles (42 km) - the section between Ilfracombe and Barnstaple follows the route of the former railway between Ilfracombe and the former Woolacombe & Mortehoe railway station and again between Braunton and Barnstaple train station. 14 miles (23 km).[6]
  • Section 2: Bideford to Okehampton. Distance: 32 miles (51 km)
  • Section 3: Okehampton to Tavistock. Distance: 21 miles (34 km)
  • Section 4: Tavistock to Plymouth. Distance: 20 miles (32 km)

Distances are approximate.


  1. ^ "Devon coast to coast | Britain's best bike rides". The Guardian. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Route 27 - Map". Sustrans. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Guide book route description".
  4. ^ "BBC Devon review of the Coast to Coast Cycle Route".
  5. ^ "Ultimate Devon Coast to Coast". Ultimate Devon Coast to Coast.
  6. ^ "Disused Stations: Ilfracombe Station". Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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