Cycling is a fantastic way to explore the East Devon AONB, there are miles of National Cycle Network across it. 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. Or of course cycling can be for intrepid off roaders and we have some stunning places for you too.
With plenty rural pubs, riverside taverns and tea shops along the routes to sit and enjoy, it’s a great day out in East Devon.
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. These routes can be viewed on the Sustrans website, the Devon routes are:
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. A map of this area. The whole route, when complete, will link Dover in Kent with St. Austell in Cornwall from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton.
NCN Route 33 East Devon’s section of this long distance route will be from Axminster to Seaton. It is partly in development, eventually the whole 72 mile route will be from Bristol, cross Somerset and Devon to reach the English Channel at Seaton via Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Chard to Seaton. 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.
The Buzzard Route (Sustrans regional route number 52) 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. Map of whole area hereExe 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.
Ferries, pedals, pubs and special places, top tips from a local for a great day out in Exmouth
Read Rebecca's Hayward from Bikelands special Exmouth estuary cycle day information page, with delightful descriptions taking in cafes, pubs and ferries. It can take 2.5 hours, or why not set aside a day so you can watch the wildlife & enjoy the cafes, perhaps have lunch at Turfs Lock pub which you can only get to by boat, foot or pedal power! See our bike hire section below for places to hire bikes in Exmouth.
If you want to explore and don't want to bring your own bike, there are plenty of places to hire bicycles in East Devon, here are some: