Exmoor Cycling, Mountain Biking, bike hire and routes in North Devon and West Somerset
Exmoor and North Devon offer plenty of cycling opportunities for everyone including families and disabled people to go cycling.
Cycling within the Exmoor National Park
On Exmoor itself there are many miles of way-marked bridle paths and forest tracks suitable for mountain biking;
Exmoor Unplugged - Electric Bicycle Hire across Exmoor and the Quantocks. Hills and headwinds become easy with an electric bicycle available to hire across the region. Serene and tranquil. See more, hear more and enjoy more as you explore beautiful scenery at your own pace in a sustainable way.
The Tarka Trail
To the west of Exmoor is the Tarka Trail. This is a 30 mile stretch of 'reclaimed' railway line which connects Braunton, Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford, Great Torrington and Meeth via the Taw and Torridge valleys. The surface is excellent for bikes
and cycles of all kinds and is flat, so suitable for all abilities. This provides opportunities for a great family day out. The route runs alongside the Taw estuary where all kinds of sea birds can be seen. Spoonbills are reputed to have been seen and you may catch sight of the occasional Egret.
Biketrail cycle hire and shop at Fremington Quay (between Barnstaple and Instow on the route) specialises in hiring out all kinds of bike for every ability and many disabilities. There is also a nice cafe and picnic area at Fremington. The Quay is accessible off the B3233 and there is a car park.
Tarka Trail Cycle Hire is another bike hire shop based at the old Railway Station in Barnstaple. tel: (01271)324202
The Rolle Quay Inn in Rolle Street, Barnstaple also hires out cycles tel:(01271)345182
The Exmoor Cycle Route
The 2007 Tour of Britain cycle race came across Exmoor and proved a great challenge and very popular with competitors and spectators.
A permanent route has now been established, approximately 62 miles long, 56 of which cover the route of the 2007 race.
The official Start point is the TIC in Minehead, but you can join the route wherever you like. Do
not underestimate the ride - the Exmoor terrain is demanding and the route will take an experienced
cyclist a day to complete.
Internet Cycling Links
Exmoor Cycling Books
The Exmoor Beast
The Beast is a Biking Challenge for the insane biker! All day ride across and around Exmoor. On
and Off road. Mountain bike essential.
Maps for Biking on Exmoor
The Ordnance Survey's Outdoor Leisure Sheet 9 (1:25,000) is a good Cyclists map covering the whole of Exmoor and beyond.
The ENPA have a new 1:40,000 map specifically for mountain bikers, which uses the CTC off road trail grading system.
There are 2 OS Landranger 1:50,000 maps for Exmoor: details are here