This recreational route takes cyclists through the varying landscape surrounding the High Moor, visiting attractive and interesting locations which offer a wide choice of places to eat, drink and stay for the night. The well-signed Dartmoor Way Cycle Route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads and uses traffic-free cycle tracks wherever possible.
In addition to the main circular route, there is a 27 mile-long High Moorland link. This allows you to follow a 'figure of eight' route, or alternatively enjoy either of the shorter north or south circular routes.
The Dartmoor Way offers many possibilities for a break away - from a day trip or weekend, to a full 5 - 7 day holiday. From winding, secret, Devon lanes, to airy moorland roads with panoramic views, this route has interest packed into every mile.
Cyclists will discover full days of pedalling, and wonderful places to stay a while, and explore.
The main towns along the route are shown below; but you can choose to start and finish at any point.
The Dartmoor Way can be cycled in either direction, however, the route directions are presented in an anti-clockwise direction for the following reasons:
A) Safety. For many of the junctions, crossing traffic is avoided, and
B) Scenically the route is best done anti-clockwise - and the hills seem slightly more forgiving!
(Click on section below to see more detailed map)
1 Okehampton to Tavistock - 21 miles
• Okehampton - Lydford
• Lydford - Tavistock
2 Tavistock to Ivybridge - 22 miles
• Tavistock - Cadover Bridge
• Cadover Bridge - Ivybridge
3 Ivybridge to Bovey Tracey - 24 miles
• Ivybridge - Buckfastleigh
• Buckfastleigh - Ashburton
• Ashburton - Bovey Tracey
4 Bovey Tracey to Okehampton - 26 miles
• Bovey Tracey - Moretonhampstead
• Moretonhampstead - Throwleigh
• Throwleigh - Okehampton
5 The High Moorland Link - 27 miles
• Tavistock - Sharpitor
• Sharpitor - Two Bridges
• Two Bridges - Scorriton
• Scorriton - Buckfastleigh