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“Easy Ride to Dartmoor”

Reviewed October 19, 2013

This pleasant trail is part of the NCN route 27 you start on Plymouth How and then ride around the barbican harbour area which is nice enough plenty of places to stop and eat here. After a couple of miles you enter the grounds of Saltram house which is a National Trust place with walks and rides around the grounds. Once you have worked you way under the A38 you enter the woods on the plym valley trail. this part is not great on one side you have a boat building yard and narrow paths the cycle along and on the other a restored railway which runs about a mile up the trail to the Plymbridge woods car park. Once you are passed this bit thou you are riding along side the river and above it. At certain times of the year you can see a Osprey nest site and the views are very nice. There is a new trail off to one side for mountain biking or you can stick to the main trail. Once you have gone through the tunnel up passed Bickleigh (Lights reccomended) you can stay on the trail but at the end you will need to walk up a narrow path and this will bring you out into Clearbrook which has a very nice pub with a beer garden.Or you can take the road (steep hill) up to the moor above Clearbrook and follow the edge of the golf course into Yelverton. Here there are acouple of nice cafes to get refreshments from.

A very pleasant ride but at times it does get busy you have to watch out for dogs children running in front of you and other cyclists who like to us this as a race track.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Less than an hour on the trail and you're at Yelverton, a 10 minute ride from Burrator reservoir which is the starting point for many an excellent mountain bike ride. Less further afield are Cann Woods (bring a local to find the trails), and the Plymbridge Woods MTB trail (As yet unfinished but almost there).

Thank Joe O
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

I usually use the Trail on my road bike as a quick and traffic free route to get onto Dartmoor. I love it! The surface up to Hoo Meavy is tarmaced with very few lumps/potholes.
The route goes through Plymbridge Woods which is stunning, worth parking up and nipping down to skim stones in the river Plym. Good views on a number of viaducts and with a keen eye you'll see plenty of wildlife. There will soon be a small MTB trail opening in the woods so looking forward to using that too (not on the road bike though!)
At the end of the trail is Clearbrook, a pretty Dartmoor hamlet with a great pub, The Skylark. Good food and beer with plenty of outside space if good weather.

Thank RossMT
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Lots to see along the way. It is a great path, very Beautiful. So highly recommended! Can get busy at times, especially on a Sunday. Some people think it is a race track which is a shame for those just taking in the views.

Thank Andersonsabroad
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

My "local" exercise route - I pick the trail up on Plymouth Hoe, and if you know some sneaky bits it's almost possible to ride all the way to the heart of Tavistock without resorting to a single road. The run from Plymouth to Yelverton gains you about 200m in altitude, but this is all achieved in a very gentle way (apart from one short steel climb near Clearbrook); you then lose 100m or so of height in the run down to Tavistock (again, gentle gradients except for one short stretch near Horrabridge). Two tunnels and numerous viaducts and bridges illustrate the route, and there's always something new to see along the way.

Route is shared with walkers (use your bell), so watch out for them and their dogs, and several parts of the trail are wheelchair friendly. Sections near car parks can get quite busy at peak times but at other times the trail can be almost deserted - on a late evening/dusk/night ride your only companions might be a deer or two or an owl.

Always worth carrying get-you-home spares and tools (inner tube, puncture repair stuff, pump) as parts of the trail are a fair way away from the nearest road access, and mobile telephone coverage can be patchy in places.

Several tea stops available along the way - including a good coffee van in Plymbridge car park, and local shops and the Rock Inn in Yelverton.

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