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Dartmoor National Park

The Dartmoor Way
90 mile circular route. Rating: easy to challenging

The Dartmoor Way cycle route sweeps around the periphery of the Dartmoor National Park for over 90 miles linking many towns and attractions along its length, with an option to ride across the centre of the Park via Princetown.

The route has something for everyone - offering a wide variety of cycling experiences on different sections over its length that will suit most abilities. The full route is definitely a challenge for the more experienced riders only, especially the optional off road section, which crosses the moor towards Princetown - needing stamina and a genuine lust for adventure as you take on the challenging hill climbs - but then you do get the benefit of a variety of stunning panoramic views and some long downhill free wheeling.

The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route

For the casual leisure cyclist, there are the quiet lanes and sections of old railway lines that run through sheltered valleys and picturesque villages that skirt the moorland edge. This is an ideal introduction to the full route and can be accomplished in gentle stages. The section running from Okehampton to Tavistock is run in conjunction with the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 27. This is a leafy lane section with moderate slopes and gentle climbs. From Tavistock, the route descends the edges of Dartmoor and is mainly downhill as you ride towards Buckfastleigh. This is an excellent opportunity to visit the abbey at Buckfast, before you restart your journey and head towards Asburton.

The section immediately after Buckfastleigh becomes more challenging as the route winds its way through the towns of Ashburton and Bovey Tracey. There is an opportunity to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Trenchard Reservoir before continuing onwards through Moretonhampstead and Chagford. A final climb from Sticklepath takes you to the village of Belstone perched on the edge of northern Dartmoor, before descending back to the bustling town of Okehampton.

The Dartmoor Way allows you to be flexible in the way you choose to explore the national park - short afternoon or morning cycle rides, a long weekend cycling along a short section of the route, or a much longer break to tour the full route, with diversions along the way to explore this historic part of the Devon Countryside

For those not wishing to bring their own bike, there are cycle hire outlets around the 'Dartmoor Way'.

 

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