'Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia' - H.G. Wells
Biking. It's one of the first big achievements we have as children. And it is something we can continue to enjoy into old age. It keeps you fit, gets you outdoors and sends endorphins rushing to the brain; which is a surefire route to happiness. And Dartmoor is the place to do it; with spectacular scenery everywhere you look, mile upon mile of quiet wilderness (plus some ponies) and welcoming spots to take a break (pubs), there is nowhere better. So what are you waiting for? Get on your bike.
Whether you are a passionate pedaller or a casual cyclist, Dartmoor has the route for you; winding country lanes with little or no traffic, challenging inclines and dramatic descents. You will see the remains of ancient stoneage villages, cross rivers and streams, pass clapper bridges and standing stones. There are 368 square miles of Dartmoor to discover and bike is a good way to do it; you will cycle in the shadow of the tors, look down on the Devon cities of Exeter in the north and Plymouth in the south, and catch the glisten of the sun on the turquoise sea in the east.
Get some cycling inspiration from the best of the best. Discover more about the 2013 Tour of Britain plans here.
Check out the footage below from when the Tour of Britain came to Dartmoor (courtesy of Pangaea TV and Teignbridge District Council).
Off Road Cycling
It is a little known secret but Dartmoor offers off road cycling that can rival any of its neighbours. And the good thing? It is largely undiscovered. There are a good number of traffic-free trails and quiet forest tracks for families and those looking for a gentle cycle, as well as steep rugged off-road routes for keen mountain bikers.
You will get the magnificent views, you will get the big open skies, the sprawling spaces, the lakes and forests, the open moorland and the peacefulness that envelops. Dartmoor; it's all about the bike.
You’ll find preplanned routes suitable for all ages and abilities below. Pick a route, download the map, get your kit and go.
And if you’ve left your wheels at home, you can hire bikes of all shapes and sizes. Take a look at what's available here.