Devon Coast to Coast

An easy cycle ride across the South West Peninsula of Britain from Ilfracombe harbour on the Atlantic Coast to Plymouth Hoe on the English Channel. The route mainly follows cycle paths along disused railway lines, passing through the important market towns of Barnstable, Bideford, Okehampton and Tavistock. When you arrive in Plymouth you have the option of cycling back to Ilfracombe via Dartmoor, Exmoor and the North Devon coast completing a full circular ride of Devon.

Most people cycle from north to south, as an evening at the Barbican in Plymouth is a great way to finish the trip. However you can of course start in Plymouth and finish at Ilfracombe.

The distances shown are a guide only and depend on the accommodation you choose each night. Large groups may need to use hotels and inns in towns nearby. We can provide transport for the group and bikes between the trail and your accommodation.

Plymouth Harbour, Devon, England

Two Days Cycling

As the trail is along good tracks and there are long sections of flat surface, cycling the distance over a weekend is within the ability of most regular cyclists. Good accommodation can be difficult to find Okehampton town centre.

Day 1 - Cycle from Ilfracombe to Okehampton - 56 miles / 90 kms
Day 2 - Cycle from Okehampton to Plymouth - 41 miles / 66 kms

Bideford estuary, Devon, England

Three Days Cycling

A 3 day cycling trip gives more time to experience the area and stop for lunch. Return transfers for your group and bikes can be provided from Plymouth to your parked cars in Ilfracombe or Taunton.

Day 1 - Cycle from Ilfracombe to Great Torrington - 30 miles / 48 kms
Day 2 - Cycle from Great Torrington to Lydford - 37 miles / 60 kms
Day 3 - Cycle from Lydford to Plymouth - 30 miles / 48 kms

By combining this trail with our Two Moors Crossing off-road mountain bike ride as far as Minehead, followed by a traverse of the North Devon coast you can complete a fantastic circular cycle ride of Devon.

Many cycling groups like to arrange their own accommodation so we have listed some of the better hotels and inns with links to TripAdvisor where you can read customer reviews and check prices and availability.

When booking accommodation ask if there is secure storage for your bikes and the time breakfast is served in the morning. All should be able to provide packed lunches. For those starting late or cycling long distances, check when evening meals end. If you plan to arrive mid afternoon check inns are open as many close between 3 and 6 pm.

If you prefer, we can reserve rooms for you. We charge the price of the rooms plus a fee of £15 per person per night to cover our admin and insurance costs. A deposit of £100 per person is paid when you book with us. The balance is then due 4 weeks before your trip begins.

With our cycling packages you choose two or more services that you would like us to provide. These include group and bicycle transport, luggage and gear transfers each day, cycle rescue, bicycle hire and an accommodation booking service.

Luggage Transfers

Your bags and cycle gear are moved between hotels, inns and B&Bs leaving you to enjoy each day without a heavy pack or cycle panniers.

Prices depend on the distance you intend to cycle each day and the number of bags transported. There are large discounts for group bookings.

Group Transport

With our minibuses and trailers we can transport your group, luggage and bikes from your home or airport to the start and back to your parked cars, home or airport at the end.

Please note that if you require transport only then you need private vehicle hire (a taxi service), which we are unable to provide unfortunately.

Bicycle Hire

We can deliver quality mountain bikes, helmets, handlebar bags and repair kits to Ilfracombe and collect them from you at the end in Plymouth.

Please note that the cycle hire service is available when booking at least one other service, bag transfers or group transport for example, read more...

Trail Support

For large groups we can provide full trail support where a driver, minibus and bike trailer follow the group each day providing assistance when needed.

The driver is first aid trained and is able to help with mechanical repairs to your bikes. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and your personal gear is stored in the vehicle.

Hotel Reservations

See the Hotels & Inns section for accommodation options, TripAdvisor reviews and to check availability and prices.

If you prefer, we can reserve rooms for you. We charge the price of the rooms plus a fee of £15 pppn to cover our admin and insurance costs. A deposit of £100 per person is paid. The balance is due 4 weeks before your trip begins.

Cycle Rescue

We provide an emergency roadside repair and recovery service. We can also transport you and your bikes to your hotel if weather conditions prevent you completing the ride.

The cost of the service depends on the distances and time involved. Should you run into difficulties please call our 24 hour support line for assistance, read more...

For groups travelling to Devon it can be convenient to drive or take the train to Taunton. We can then then transfer you, your bikes and luggage to Ilfracombe in our minibus. There is a long stay car park at Taunton train station. When you complete the cycle ride in Plymouth you can take a train home or we can then transport you back to your parked cars in Taunton.

Tell us about the trip you are planning and the services that you would like us to provide. We will then confirm availability and provide prices.

The Trail

  • Distance: 97 miles / 156 kms
  • Ascent: 7775 feet / 2370 metres
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Start point: Ilfracombe Harbour
  • End point: Plymouth Hoe