THE DARTMOOR WAY

Tavistock is a major start and stop point on this beautiful circular route around the perimeter of Dartmoor National park, which links hamlets, villages and towns along its length.

You can choose to cycle north towards Okehampton via Lydford, a trip of some 21 miles. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments en route and famous landmarks such as the famous church of St Michael de Rupe at Brentor or the beautiful and dramatic Lydford Gorge.

Or try heading 22 miles south towards Ivybridge via Cadover Bridge, taking in a side trip to the Dewerstone Rock - reputedly home to the Devil’s hounds, who round up sinners and drive them off the granite crags!

Tavistock is also the start point for the high moorland link to Buckfastleigh, 27 miles away across the interior of Dartmoor. You will pass through Princetown, home to the famous prison which opened in 1809 to accommodate French prisoners of war, and Buckfast Abbey, the astonishing building which is still home to Benedictine monks.

 

Cycle hire is available from Tavistock Cycles at Paddon’s Row in Tavistock. See

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