Stunning cycling routes in the South West

October 8, 2018 Electric Bikes

Here at Axcess Electric bikes, we are very lucky to work in the beautiful surroundings of the South West. We are also very fortunate to share our love for cycling with many others, both beginners and competitive riders, at our Honiton based electric bike shop. We supply brilliant cycle accessories to make your adventure even more spectacular, such as our specially designed e-bike carrier for easy electric bike transport.

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For those who haven’t yet purchased their very own Sustrans cycle maps from Axcess Electric Bikes, we have created an interactive map for you to explore and take inspiration for your next cycling adventure. For different levels of cycling abilities, we have broken down our list into a number of routes for beginners, moderate level and intermediate cyclists.

 

Beginner

Exe Estuary

Exe Estuary Cycle Path

 

The Exe Estuary is home to hundreds of different flora and fauna and is the perfect way to explore and educate individuals of any age. The newly constructed 26-mile cycle way is easily accessible at any point along the route, perfect for the children and those who aren’t used to being in the saddle.

The route starts from Exeter Quay and takes you right around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth, passing through the quaint villages of Topsham, Starcross and Lympstone. Why not hop on the saddle and have a drink and a bite at one of the many reputable pubs or restaurants, such as the Double Locks or The Lighter Inn, along the way?

Highlights:

  • Tarmacked surfaces for smooth riding
  • Totally flat ride with no hills
  • Flora and Fauna and stunning views across to Topsham and Lympstone.
  • Great range of pubs and restaurants at Exeter Quay

 

Two Tunnels – Bath

Two Tunnels Cycle Path Bath

 

The 13-mile circular route is a magnificent cycle ride from start to finish as there is a wealth of history around every corner. We recommend starting at Bath Spa station and making your way through Midford, Monkton and Combe.

It has got to be said that the Devonshire Tunnel at Bloomfield and the Combe Down Tunnel at Combe down are the two highlights of the ride, as well as the Tucking Mill Viaduct. With the Combe Down Tunnel at just over one mile, it’s certainly an impressive way to ride through the Somerset landscape.

Highlights:

  • An eye-catching audio-visual installation – ‘Passage’ by United Visual Artists displayed on a section of the tunnel.  
  • Historic sites around the city and outskirts

 

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail Cornwall

 

Another popular and well-known cycle trail in the South West is the Camel Trail. From Wadebridge to Bodmin, this route covers acres of wildlife.

Nigel Wigget, the founder of Bridge Bike Hire, which is located a short distance from the start of the trail, says: “Running alongside the Camel River the trail travels through beautiful woodland and is less open to the elements. There are plenty of rest stops on this trail with The Camel Valley Vine Yard just off the trail, The Camel Trail Tea Garden, who also serve Camel Valley Wine, and the Borough Arms is on the route with a lovely play area for children.”

Highlights:

  • The historical Bodmin jail is a main attraction along the route.
  • This is a lesser known stretch of the trail so you are able to cycle without too much bike traffic.
  • Mostly flat riding with the slightest incline towards Bodmin.

 

Moderate

The Tarka Trail

Tarka Trail North Devon

As Sustrans states: “The Tarka Trail is one of the country’s largest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route.”

Taking in the North Devon landscape, the Tarka Trail is one of the most popular cycle routes in the south-west, with locals and holidaymakers coming from near and far to experience the beautiful coast and countryside. Incorporating the parts of a disused railway path, tarmac and finely packed stone surface, the multiple terrains make for a great 30-mile cycle.

Highlights:

  • Fantastic views across the mouth of the Taw Estuary
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Puffing Billy pub for lovely food and drinks.

 

Bristol Round Trip

The round trip cycle route takes in all of what Bristol is known for – history, culture and architecture – leaving no room for disappointment. We recommend you start at Clifton Suspension Bridge and continue onto the cycle path which runs parallel to the A369 and take a left turning towards Abbots Leigh Manor.

You will then cycle through Portbury and the beautiful Gordano Valley. Clevedon is the last stop of the cycle route, the perfect excuse to hop off and take a look at the pier with panoramic views of the Bristol Channel?

  • Cycle over the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Beautiful views across the city
  • There are plenty of quaint villages along the way.

 

Intermediate

The Granite Way

The Granite Way encompasses a great percentage of Dartmoor, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and crosses the viaduct of Meldon reservoir  – a magnificent feature for first-time cyclists to experience. If you have time to stop, you may see kayakers paddling below!

This cycle route is great for beginners who want to take in the eye-opening scenery for a few kilometers, but also intermediates or electric mountain bike cyclists who thrive on a challenge. You are sure to increase your stamina as it encompasses different terrain (volcanic rocks) and hillside elevations.

Highlights:

  • Be sure to check out the 800-year-old church which was built with the same volcanic rock and takes in fantastic panoramic views.
  • Immerse yourself in the rugged terrain of Dartmoor.
  • Catch a glimpse of wild horses and animals roaming the hills and rocks.

 

AXcess Electric Bikes

Man on Electric Bike

Here at AXcess Electric bikes, we are always on hand to give expert advice on your electric cycling accessories and inform you of the best cycle trails for your next outdoor adventure  If you are planning your next adventure, why not pop in or contact us to see the various products we have in store.

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