Best Exeter Cycling, E. Quayside to the Exe Estuary, Exeter

Best Exeter Cycling, E. Quayside to the Exe Estuary, Exeter

Exe Estuary Trail

The Exe Estuary Trail runs around the edge of the Exe Estuary between Exeter and the South Devon/East Devon coast. Roughly 18 miles (8 miles Exeter to Starcross and its foot ferry. 10 miles from Exmouth to Exeter via Topsham. Measured using Ordnance Survey mapping app).

Cycle a section or all of the trail. For a shorter trip, we'd recommend the west side of the Exe Estuary Trail between Exeter and The Turf pub.

Hire bikes from Saddles & Paddles on Exeter's Historic Quayside.


Haldon Forest

Haldon Forest is located just beyond the north eastern border of Dartmoor National Park. There are many off-road trails for all abilities in this popular forest. Great place for family bike rides. You can hire bikes on site.

Attracts visitors from The English Riviera and South Devon as well so it can get busy.


Dartmoor National Park

Granite Way. Off-road cycle route running between Okehampton and Lydford on the north western border of the National Park.

Drake's Trail. Mostly off-road cycle route running between Tavistock and Plymouth on the western and south western border of Dartmoor. The well-known Plym Valley Trail is part of Drake's Trail.

Wray Valley Trail. Being built 2014. There are sections of the trail open to the public at present including the stretch from Bovey Tracey along Parke which is ideal for very young children.

Granite and Gears Princetown and Burrator Cycling Route. A tougher circular family route running from Princetown to Burrator Reservoir before returning back over the moors to your starting point.

Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes. The trackbed of a dismantled railway runs between Princetown and Yelverton. Explore the loop around Foggintor and Swelltor Quarries.


Places to hire bikes

Saddles & Paddles on Exeter Quayside.

Darts Farm Bicycle Hire by Topsham.

Route 2 Cafe Bar & Cycle Hire at Topsham.


Haldon Forest Park.