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Cycling is for everyone, it gives you a chance to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the unspoilt beauty of the area, look at the wildlife and take the view in at a slower pace. It's a fantastic way to explore the East Devon AONB.  Of course cycling can also be for intrepid off-roaders and we have some stunning places for you too.

With plenty of rural pubs, riverside taverns and tea shops along the routes to sit and enjoy, it’s a great day out in East Devon.

National Cycling Routes

Sustrans is the national charity which promotes cycling as a sustainable transport, its flagship project is the National Cycle Network. We are lucky to have National Cycling Networks passing through the East Devon AONB.

The routes can be viewed on the Sustrans Map, or you can link to written details of the Devon routes below:

NCN Route 2

East Devon’s section of this long distance cycle route travels from Axminster through Seaton, Sidmouth and circumnavigates the Exe Estuary. The national route 2, also known as the South Coast Cycle Route, has new off-road sections between Axminster and Kilmington and continues on towards Exeter, following quiet roads and a former railway line between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. This tree-covered lane is perfect for a family cycle ride, with no worries about traffic. The whole route, when complete, will link Dover in Kent with St. Austell in Cornwall from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton. 

NCN Route 33

Currently, the major section of Route 33 that is open is in Somerset between Weston-Super-Mare and Axminster, taking in Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton. It includes part of the Stop Line Way as it follows the World War II Taunton Stop Line railway, built in 1940 as a defence against invasion. Chard to Axminster is on road.

The Buzzard Route 

offers an opportunity to explore glorious East Devon on this regional 80 mile circular route, around Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Woodbury. Some of the route follows the National Cycle Network Route 2 along the south coast of Devon.

Exe Estuary Trail

This is a fantastic new cycling and walking route from Exmouth, part of NCN route 2, the 16 mile trail runs along both sides of the Exe Estuary. The route takes in two passenger and cycle ferries – so is a fun and unusual day out.

Off-Road Routes and Trails 

Bridleways across the vast pebblebed heathland of Woodbury Common, Mutter’s Moor near Sidmouth and East Hill, on the outskirts of Ottery St Mary, offer an amazing range of short and longer trails for mountain bikers to explore. 

View the Devon County Council interactive rights of way map, showing all footpaths and bridleways or find inspiration at Explore Devon.

Pebblebed Bike Code

Some of the trails are sensitive to damage and erosion, following the Pebblebed Bike Code will help keep them in good condition for all to use and enjoy far into the future. For more details see the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust website.

Guided Mountain Biking

Bike Guide Devon offers a full range of guided rides, for all abilities, whether you want a regular riding group or a local expert to guide you around the area. Book a ride today!


Contact Us

East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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