Lewtrenchard Manor House, Okehampton, Devon, United Kingdom. Photo via Flickr:Marianne Bevis

Okehampton, Devon, England. Manor House from the moor. Photo via Flickr:jeffowenphotos

Devonshire

England Bike Tours

Bike in England in the Moorland of the Southwest!

Come and bike in England in a fairytale land that will have you thinking of the Shire, the Hobbits, and Middle Earth. You will cycle in the gentle hillscape of the Devonshire region with its lush green pastures, grazing wild ponies and black-faced sheep. This southwest corner of England is still largely untouched by development or industry, a region of ancient trees, thatched roof cottages, and delighful villages with flowering gardens.

This England bike tour is so peaceful and relaxing, you'll never want to leave!

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Where You’ll Stay

3 and 4 hotels and country inns

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights including breakfast
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle equipped with lock, pannier, bottle cage, and repair kit
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions, maps, and tourist information

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Airport transfer
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From971 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily arrival possible from May 1 to September 30, 2016

Skill Level

This England bike tour is a moderate, self-guided tour with average daily distances ranging between 22 and 29 miles (37 to 49 km).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Devonshire Map

Day 1: Arrival in Okehampton
Day 2: Loop ride, 26 mi. (43 km)
Day 3: Crediton, 31 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Bovey Tracey, 23 mi. (39 km) 
Day 5: Loop, 28 mi. (47 km)
Day 6: Okehampton, 22 mi. (37 km)
Day 7: Loop, 29 mi. (49 km)
Day 8: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Okehampton

Day 2: Loop ride, 26 mi. (43 km)
The Dartmoor area is well know for its rolling hills and tranquility and you will have opportunity to experience this today as you cycle toward Crediton. You will pass The Finch Foundry in Sticklepath a 19th century water-powered forge which contains examples of a tilt hammer, drop hammer, and shear hammer all powered by the water wheels. The forge is maintained in working order and demonstrations of the tools are given every hour. The route also passes through many small, idyllic towns, the largest being Hatherleigh, a quaint market town.

Day 3: Okehampton - Crediton, 31 mi. (52 km)
Heading out of Okehampton along the north east edge of Dartmoor towards Crediton, you will get a real sense of tranquility as you cycle along these quiet country roads, passing through small towns and hamlets. You cycle pass Zeal Monachorum,  a small village in Mid Devon that sits on top of a hill some 7 miles to the north of Dartmoor. With a population of about 400 it boasts a church, a pub, good views over Dartmoor, and an excellent community spirit. 

Day 4: Crediton - Bovey Tracey, 23 mi. (39 km) 
Leaving Crediton, the route leads south on quiet country roads.  Moretonhampstead is an ideal lunch stop with a variety of cafes and a large selection of food and drink available. The hustle and bustle of this market town and the amount of tourists browsing the gift shops, shows that this town really is the heart of Dartmoor life. Final destination today is Bovey Tracey, your base for the next two nights. Lying on the River Bovey, this small town is an unofficial gateway to Dartmoor and boasts a 19th century watermill that has been converted into an art and crafts complex. A perfect base for further exploration, the town lies close to the spectacular Becky Falls and the 370-acre nature reserve Yarner Wood. The local church was built by Sir William Tracey to pay penance for his part in the murder of Thomas Becket.

Day 5: Loop ride, 28 mi. (47 km)
Today’s route will gave you a chance to see Dartmoor at its best as you cycle on many traffic free roads and through quiet forests with only the birds for company. You will pass through East Ogwell and Ipplepen toward Dartington hall, the main attraction of today's route. The Dartington Hall estate, with 25 acres of gardens, is a wonderful place to visit with a rich history  and highlights range from a new bridge by artist Peter Randall Page to a sculpture by Henry Moore to 500 year old Spanish Chestnut trees.

Day 6: Bovey Tracey - Okehampton, 22 mi. (37 km)
As the route leads back ot Okehampton, it passes through the National Park of Dartmoor allowing your the opportunity to enjoy its world renowned beauty. Passing through small towns on the way to the beautiful town of Chagford, this is a thriving community with high property prices, busy streets, and an unusually wide range of shops for a town of this size.

Day 7: Loop, 29 mi. (49 km)
Out of Okehampton on “The Granite Way”, a completely traffic free cycleway built along the old Southern Region Railway Line. Stunning views of the Meldon Viaduct await you, built from local stone; this is a sight to behold. You will head off the Granite Way to Bridestowe along the country lanes and onwards to Lydford before returning

Day 8: Departure 
Your England bike tour will end after breakfast 

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