Cycling

At a Glance

  • Direct access to Granite Way
  • Cycle fleet with Adult and childrens bikes
  • Electric Bikes, Tag-alongs, Baby Chariots available
  • Traffic-free cycling to Lydford
  • Self-led Cycle Hire or Guided Tours available

Cycling is a great sport for getting out with family and friends and keeping healthy. On the edge of Dartmoor, we have access to a variety of routes, suitable for all levels of fitness.

Mountain bikes are used on the Granite Way cycle trail for those without much cycle experience, as its fairly flat with a good surface, so easy for beginners. Our activity session starts from the Youth Hostel at the Goods Shed. Once you have been assigned a Mountain Bike we give some basic skills training, where we also assess your riding ability, before setting out for along the cycle trail.

The Granite Way runs along Dartmoor’s old Victorian railway, so is low gradient and traffic-free offering a unique way to see the dramatic granite landscape of Dartmoor, as well as iconic bridges, castles and sites of geological interest.

The Youth Hostel also lies on three great long distance cycle routes. The most famous, is Lands End to John o’Groats, and the Cornwall and Devon sections can be underestimated by riders, as there are a lot of small rolling hills combining to make a large ascent. Okehampton is frequently the first stop-over on this route.

A great weekend Route is the Devon Coast to Coast starting in Ilfracombe or Barnstaple and finishing in Plymouth. Okehampton is a central stop-over on this route, which can be done in two or three days.

There is also a long distance cycle route called the Transmanche which passes between Plymouth and Poole, and Okehampton is frequently the first stop-over on this route.

Cycle the Granite Way: National Park Experience

This guided tour has been developed for the English National Park Experience Collection and is a spectacular new cycle ride through rural Devon with fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside. The Granite Way runs along Dartmoor’s old Victorian railway, offering a unique way to see the dramatic granite landscape of Dartmoor, as well as iconic bridges, castles and sites of geological interest.

Granite Way Cycle Hire Shop

The Granite Way Cycle Hire is part of Adventure Okehampton with a variety of different types of adult bikes, as well as two sizes of childrens bikes, tag a longs, baby chariots and helmets. Our most recent investment is two electric bikes, so that people that are less able to tackle the longer rides can get some assistance with their pedalling.

The hire shop is ideally placed for the less confident riders seeking a gentle cycle ride through rural Devon with fantastic of surrounding countryside.

Active Parents

Get out and get active with your young child/baby this summer, meet up and make new friends, whilst taking a safe and enjoyable cycle ride along the Granite Way.

This guided tour is led by a fully qualified instructor. All equipment is provided so you can make the most of the local area and get out to have some fun.

Each session consists of 1 hours cycling and tuition, to suit all fitness levels and abilities.

This activity is the perfect solution for something to do in the summer holidays.

  • Friday 9th August 9.30 to 10.30, 11.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 16th August 9.30 to 10.30, 11.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 23rd August 9.30 to 10.30, 11.00 – 12.00

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