15th June 2014
Here's a selection of our favourite local road routes. We plan on adding more over time so save the page to your bookmarks. We have plotted the routes on Garmin Connect so if you have a GPS device you can follow the route on it. If you have any favourite rides you'd like to share with us then drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnstaple - Medium Routes (30-60 miles):
Coastal Route (Croyde > Woolacombe > Ilfracombe): http://connect.garmin.com/course/6957587
A 38 mile route out west to the Croyde and then sticking to the coast along to Combe Martin. This route does take some A roads along the way so is best done at quieter times of the day.
Crediton - Medium Routes (30-60 miles):
Crediton > Black Dog > Cruwys > Tiverton > Bickleigh > Cadbury: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6956870
A 32 mile route on mainly quiet roads. The route starts off by heading north through Sandford to Black Dog along quiet country lanes. A few climbs and fast descents are then taken on the way into Tiverton. The sting in the tail is the climb from Bickleigh to Cadbury before a fast sweeping descent into Crediton.
Exeter - Short Routes (Under 30 miles):
Whitestone > Crediton > Shobrooke > Thorverton > Stoke Canon: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6827266
A 23 mile route starting in Exeter and heading out on the lanes towards Crediton. This ride has a few challenging hills particularly the first hill out of Exeter (Redhills) but the 2nd half is flatter. The roads are quiet country lanes with only a very short section on the A396 coming back into Exeter.
Alphington > Clapham > Haldon > Starcross > Powderham > Exminster: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6710054
A short sharp 20 mile scenic route. A long but gradual climb up to Haldon is followed by a fast sweeping descent towards Starcross. From there you head back along the Estuary and past Powderham castle towards Exeter.
Topsham > Woodbury > Budleigh: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6662146
A rolling 20 mile route heading out to Woodbury, then looping round East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton and through Woodbury again. The roads can be a bit busier on this one so its best tackled at a quiet time of the day. However the rolling route is quite scenic and you can always stop off for an ice ceam at Budleigh Salterton!
Airport > Aylesbeare > Daisymount > Broadclyst: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6661865
A gentle 16 mile route. Starting by going accross the new motorway bridge the route then climbs very gradually from the airport up towards West Hill. From there a short rolling section is followed by a fairly flat (for Devon!) route back to Broadclyst.
Exeter - Medium Routes (30-60 miles):
Longdown > Moretonhampstead > Bovey > Chudleigh > Haldon > Starcross: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6949813
A very hilly 40 mile route heading out towards Dartmoor and Moretonhampstead before heading south towards Bovey Tracey and then back over Haldon into Exeter. This route had 3 decent sized hills so make sure your legs are fresh beforehand!
Exeter - Long Routes (Over 60 miles):
Honiton > Dunkeswell > Hemyock > Burlescombe > Tiverton > Bickleigh: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6956805
A 60 mile route taking in the best of East Devon, the Blackdown hills and the Exe valley. There are a couple of sizeable hills in the first half of the ride but the second half is a flatter affair along the Exe valley.
*Note - The route does NOT go along the A30 just before Honiton. It runs along the old A30 alongside it.