Cycle on Dartmoor's quiet green lanes, open roads & mountain bike trails..
We now have mountain bikes available to hire!
From challenging climbs and sweeping descents, quiet green lanes to fast open roads, mountain bike trails to rolling hills and cycle paths, Dartmoor is a cyclist’s dream. Whether you’re a serious road rider, enjoy mountain biking, or prefer the comfort of hybrid and e-bikes, there is no shortage of fantastic riding to be had. So spectacular is the cycling here, it’s no wonder that Dartmoor regularly features in the Tour of Britain tour. The 2021 tour came right past our front door!
Based at Princetown, in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, we are perfectly located to enjoy every aspect of cycling. There are over 350km of bridleways and byways and an extensive network of quiet lanes and designated cycle routes, several of which start and finish in Princetown. After a good night’s sleep and a home cooked breakfast, you’ll be ready to venture out and discover the rewards of cycling amongst the unique landscape. We can even provide you with a homemade packed lunch to enjoy on your day out, or let you know where the best cafes and pubs are. With 368 square miles of unspoilt and varied terrain, Dartmoor National Park makes for some of the best cycling in the UK.
When it comes to refreshments, the moor is dotted with amazing pubs and cafes – a welcome break whilst out on the road, or a well earned reward after a fabulous days cycling.
In addition to the following designated recreational cycle routes, we can help you plan a ride depending on length or terrain. As experienced cyclists, we know our way around Dartmoor and have compiled a portfolio of the best routes and coffe stops – available to download for free as GPX files.
For your peace of mind, we have dedicated secure bike storage. It is police approved and has a Level 1 rating by the Loss Prevention Certification Board; however we recommend that you bring your own locks to secure your bike(s) inside the storage facility.
The Princetown Railway mountain biking routes offer a choice of long or short routes following the former railway and minor roads. The short route is 6 miles whereas the longer route of 19 miles heads south along the former rail track towards Burrator Reservoir. The terrain is a mix of compacted stone / gravel and tarmac. This route is not suitable for road bikes however it is ideal for all abilities on mountain, gravel or hybrid bikes.
Princetown & Burrator Trail
A 20km mountain bike route from Princetown, crossing open moorland on permitted bridleways and traffic free minor roads. The route loops around Burrator Reservoir and picks up the old railway line for the return to Princetown.
The Granite Way
The Granite Way is an 11 mile cycle trail running between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor. A former railway line it is mainly flat and traffic free, perfect for families. The route offers fantastic views of Dartmoor and takes in the amazing Meldon viaduct.
Drake’s Trail is a spectacular 22-mile cycling route, starting in the maritime city of Plymouth and ending in Tavistock, on the wild western edges of Dartmoor. You’ll climb from the centre of Plymouth through the Plym Valley. Here, the scenery across Devon’s south coast, woodland and moorland is breathtaking.
The Dartmoor Way is a 95-mile-long circular cycle route which winds its way around the National Park, following quiet Devon lanes, minor roads, and traffic-free cycle tracks. The route passes through Princetown on the 27-mile-High Moorland Link section, joining hamlets, villages and towns along its length.
NCN Route 27 – Devon coast to coast
The 99-mile Route 27 route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of West Country rivers. Many sections of Route 27 are traffic-free and flat, making them ideal for families or less experienced cyclists. You can tackle the whole route in one go or enjoy smaller sections.