93 miles
11,068 ft
-11,060 ft
1,117 ft
High Point

The Dartmoor Way is a new 95 mile-long circular cycling route around Dartmoor linking hamlets, villages and towns. This challenging route passes through or near Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge, Yelverton, Tavistock, Okehampton, Chagford and Moretonhampstead to name a few, taking in a variety of stunning views and beautiful Devon scenery. Not recommended for less experienced cyclists.

Route details

Distance: 95 mile circular route
Type: Quiet roads, hilly. The eastern part of the Dartmoor Way, particularly, contains challenging gradients and conditions.
Surface: Tarmac or hard ground, so no off-road or specialist equipment is required.
Access:There are main line railway stations at Ivybridge and Newton Abbot for Bovey Tracey that link in with the route.
Route description

This route has it all - winding country lanes, pretty villages and panoramic views. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England and its moorland is breathtakingly scenic. The route passes through or near Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge, Yelverton, Tavistock, Okehampton, Chagford and Moretonhampstead.

The Dartmoor Way offers many possibilities for a break away - from an energetic day trip or weekend, to a full 5 - 7 day holiday. The route can be cycled in either direction but travelling anti-clockwise is recommended because, for many of the junctions crossing traffic is avoided, and the hills are slightly more forgiving this way round.

1. Okehampton to Tavistock - 21 miles
2. Tavistock to Ivybridge - 22 miles
3. Ivybridge to Bovey Tracey - 24 miles
4. Bovey Tracey to Okehampton - 26 miles

In addition to the main circular route there is a 27-mile long High Moorland Link trail, which cuts across Dartmoor via Princetown, creating two shorter circular routes or adding an extra challenge for those who wish to cycle the entire trail in a figure of eight.

Watch out for the Dartmoor Way Cycle Route waymarkers on signposts along the route.
The Dartmoor Way also shares some of its route with the Granite Way from Okehampton going south, the Devon C2C (Sustrans Route 27) from Ilfracombe to Plymouth, Drakes trail from Tavistock to Plymouth and the Tour de Manche, a cycle route that travels through Devon and Dorset, crosses the channel to Cherbourg and continues through Normandy and Brittany to reach Roscoff and then back across the water to Plymouth.

The project received the generous support of The Naturesave Trust.

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More Stats for The Dartmoor Way mountain bike route
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    96 ft
  • Altitude start
    670 ft
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  • Distance climb
    43 miles
  • Distance down
    44 miles
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