Off road cycling with Andrei Burton
Great Britain mountain biking team
Get set for the The Tour of Britain!
Friday 20 September 2013 Sidmouth - Dartmoor (Haytor)
The Tour of Britain is returning to Dartmoor National Park again in 2013, with the Devon stage of the race finishing at Haytor. This will be the first time in the Tour's history that a mountain climb finish has been staged and the Authority is working closely with Devon County Council and The Tour of Britain organisers to plan the event.
The Tour of Britain 2012
Some of Europe's top cyclists crossed Dartmoor on the penultimate stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain race on Saturday September 15th. The huge crowds were able to cheer on stars such as Mark Cavendish and to even greater cheers the race leader (and eventual winner) was local rider, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.Jonathan often uses Dartmoor as a training run, with one of his regular routes taking in Princetown, Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. Take the challenge and follow his route from this map
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Where you can and cannot ride
There are many opportunities for cyclists on designated cycle tracks, byways and bridleways, see the Dartmoor cycling map below. However, under the Dartmoor Commons Act of 1985, cyclists are NOT permitted to ride on the open moor and it is an offence to do so where there is no indicated right of way. Please see the Dartmoor Commons factsheet for further information.
The Dartmoor Cycling Map
To help you plan great routes on and around Dartmoor, the Dartmoor and Surrounding Area for Cyclists map is invaluable. This tough, detailed waterproof map shows tried and tested cycle routes whether you are cycling off-road or touring.
All paths and tracks where cyclists have a legal or permitted right to ride are shown. Off-road routes have also been graded and colour coded by cyclists so that you can easily identify the paths that will suit your ability and mood. The map includes enlargements of the Tamar Valley AONB and Haldon Forest Park and shows public transport hubs.
The map is available to buy from our information centres.
A new leaflet has been produced by Dartmoor National Park Authority to promote opportunities for off road cycling. The leaflet was researched and written by two Mosaic Youth Champions to promote opportunities for cycling to younger audiences.
The route is based on a 20km circuit, starting at Princetown, cycling around Burrator reservoir and returning to Princetown via South Hessary Tor. As well as providing route information, the leaflet contains top tips for enjoying mountain biking on Dartmoor, advice on responsible riding and safety information. A copy is available to download. (220 kb -PDF Help)
There are a number of pre planned cycle routes for your to explore on Dartmoor to suit all abilities:For more information visit the cycling pages on the
Devon County Council website(external link, opens new window) or select the cycling links below. Please note all links are to external content and open in a new window.
The Plym Valley Trail
Easy traffic free family cycling from Plymouth to Clearbrook near Yelverton, on south west edge of Dartmoor. The route follows a former railway line over many spectacular viaducts. 7 miles /11km
Drake's Trail in West Devon is a cycling and walking route linking Tavistock with Plymouth running through wooded river valleys and across open moorland and up close to fascinating wildlife and history. Drake's Trail (3.88Mb -PDF Help)also includes iconic features such as Gem Bridge, replacing an older viaduct, and Grenofen Tunnel. The
Trail also includes the long-established Plym Valley Trail, and creates a network of safe and easy cycling and walking opportunities for all the family to enjoy. 21 miles /34km
The Granite Way
Ideal family cycling between Okehampton and Lydford along former railway with spectacular views of Dartmoor and west Devon countryside, superb viaducts along the way. Steam train option in summer between Okehampton and Meldon. Includes short on-road section via Bridestowe, continuing to Lydford along former railway line. 11miles/18km
The Devon Coast to Coast
This is part of the Sustrans millennium route No 27 and runs between Ilfracombe on the north Devon coast to Plymouth on the south Devon coast. It traverses the western edge of Dartmoor between Plymouth and Okehampton. The route is way marked.
1 South West is creating an off-road cycling region for people to enjoy adventurous off-road cycling and progress their riding with confidence and provides the information to help you plan and enjoy great adventures time and again. Find out more at www.1sw.org.uk. You can use their interactive map to find places to cycle within the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and other protected landscapes in the South West.
Cycling with Moor Care
- Ride only where you are legally permitted to do so.
- Be prepared, with right equipment and clothing including a helmet. Know your equipment and ability and that of others in your group
- Be considerate of other users. Cyclists should use bells or greetings to let others know they are coming - and take care not to scare horses.
- Avoid riding fast on wet ground - tyres and hooves can soon turn fragile moorland into mud. please avoid heavy braking and skidding when you off road.
- If you are cycling on road be seen and be prepared for the unexpected on narrow winding lanes. Watch out for stock on roads across open moorland.