A perfect day out for active families offering glorious views of the River Dart along ancient lanes, water meadow marshland and quiet woods. This route can of course be used as a walking route. The Dart Valley Trail, on the other hand, is a walking route from Totnes to Dartmouth, which means cycling is only permitted in certain sections.
This route can of course be used as a walking route. The Dart Valley Trail, on the other hand, is a walking route from Totnes to Dartmouth, which means cycling is only permitted in certain sections.
14miles/22km round trip if you start at Dartington The Dart Valley Cycleway is a mostly off-road route which passes right through Totnes at the mid-point, between the villages of Dartington and Ashprington. There are rewarding views and interesting places to visit on this trail which, though strenuous in parts, has some level sections too. The route is equally as good for walkers as cyclists but be mindful that there may be bikes around. When you get to Sharpham, you can get refreshed at the Anchorstone at Sharpham Vineyard Café (open May to October) or visit and shop at Sharpham Wine & Cheese.
If walking, why not vary the route to and from Ashprington by taking the cycle route on the outward journey and returning by the footpath?
Need a bike? You can hire adult and child bikes as well as child seats and tag-alongs from Hot Pursuit in Totnes. The staff have great knowledge of cycle paths, bridleways and green lanes. They stock a range of cycle maps for mountain and road riding in the South Hams and Dartmoor National Park. It’s best to give as much notice as you can. Call 01803 865174.
Want more inspiration? Download a series of excellent local cycle maps by Devon County Council at cycledevon.info. For information about walking and cycling on Dartmoor visit dartmoor.gov.uk. Or to download walking routes and trails from the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visit southdevonaonb.org.uk. For more ideas about how to be active in Devon visitexploredevon.info.
Need help with the Dartmoor hills? Dartmoor Walks and Rides This Way offer guided tours on electric bikes to discover the magic of the stunning scenery around Dartmoor.