North Devon is renowned for its dramatic coastlines and stunning beaches. Not only that, but it has the best cycling trail too! The Tarka Trail is a 32 mile route that runs from Braunton all the way to Meeth.
This cycle trail is great for the whole family to enjoy, cycling through countryside and along the estuaries of the River Taw and Torridge. With picturesque views like that, is it hard not to have small pit stops from time to time in the local cafes and pubs along the route. We have put together a few of the best North Devon cycle routes that can be used while staying at Lobb Fields:
The Blackberry Run → Braunton to Barnstaple → Total time 1-2 Hours
If you don’t fancy cycling the whole 32 miles of the Tarka Trail but want to experience a small part of it, then this is a great route for you! Start of in the heart of Braunton village and continue to follow the Tarka Trail past farming fields, Chivenor army base and along the edge of the estuary to Barnstaple town centre.
Not only do you enjoy the green scenic surroundings of this part of the trail but there are some great foodie stops if you wish to have a light bite on route. Around the halfway point there is the The Braunton Inn which looks out onto the River Taw and serves great food throughout the day, making it a popular destination for cyclists. Or if you would rather get to the final destination to grab a bite, the Tea on the Taw is a local favourite, with doorstop sandwiches, fully-loaded jacket potatoes and giant slices of cake there is something for everyone!
The Otters Run → Braunton to Instow → Total time 2-4 Hours
If you are desperate to explore the riverside scenes of the River Taw, The Otters Run is a great route to choose. Kick start in Braunton and follow the route to Barnstaple, take a break and look around the town or continue on and follow the signs to Fremington. Fremington Quay is a fantastic picnic stop where you can have a rest before carrying on the journey and enjoy some delicious food and drink at the cafe. There is also a cycle hire and repair shop, should you need it. Hop back on the bike and follow the signs towards Instow. Once at Instow, park up your bikes and enjoy the sand between your toes! This is a lovely place to have a lunch or early dinner before making your way back to base camp. Why not try award-winning Johns of Instow, cafe and deli for your coffee break.
The Ruby Run → Braunton to Meeth → Total time 4-6 Hours
This route is not for the faint hearted but is completely worth every peddle pushing minute. You will travel through some of North Devon’s best hotspots such as Barnstaple town centre, Instow beach, Bideford, Torrington, finally arriving in Meeth for a well deserved meal and a drink at the local pub, The Bull and Dragon.
If you want to make the most of your visit and get to see parts of North Devon that you haven’t before, this is a great way to do it.
While exploring our North Devon cycle routes, take a few pictures and use #LobbFieldsAdventure so we can see all the great things you have been doing on your holiday!
Can’t bring your bike along on your next holiday? Not to worry here is a list of some great places to hire bikes along the North Devon cycle routes:
The Old Pottery, Station Road, Braunton EX33 2AQ
Barnstaple Railway Station, Station Rd, Sticklepath, Barnstaple EX31 2AU
Fremington Quay, Fremington, Barnstaple EX31 2NH
Torrington St, Bideford EX39 4DR
1 Station Hill, Torrington EX38 8JD
Want to know more fun things to do in North Devon? See our Things to do page!