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.

  • 97 miles / 156 kms
  • 7775 feet / 2370 metres
  • 2-3 days
  • Ilfracombe - Plymouth

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 in 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.

Plymouth Harbour, Devon, England

Two Days

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. Note however that good accommodation can be difficult to find in 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

A 3 day cycling trip gives more time to experience the area and stop for lunch. Return transfers for your group and bikes from Plymouth to your parked cars in Ilfracombe take 2 hours 15 minutes.

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 the 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.

Hotels & Inns

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 that the country inns are open as many close between 3 and 6 pm.