If you’re anything like us, you believe that there’s nothing better than hopping on your bike, feeling the wind blowing through your hair and experiencing magnificent views along the way to gorgeous destinations. If you’re staying in Exeter, you’re very lucky as you’ll have endless cycle routes on your doorstep! Here are some of our favourite trails for you to follow on your next visit:

Exe Estuary Cycle Trail

This incredible 26-mile route along the exe estuary links Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish together with spectacular views along the way! This trail is for both cyclists and pedestrians, giving everyone the chance to explore these areas, by joining and exiting the path whenever you’d like. Keep an eye out for the wildlife nesting and idyllic riverside towns and villages!

Haldon Forest

Just outside of Exeter is Haldon Forest Park, an extraordinary haven full of cycle trails to suit all abilities. Journey through 3,500 acres of woodland and take a break to admire the spectacular views and hidden gems along the way…

Exeter Canal Cycle Route

This 15-mile cycle trail in Exeter is almost entirely traffic free! Taking you from Exeter Quay, to Topsham and Turf Locks and back, the Exeter Canal Cycle Route reveals wonderful wildlife within the RSPB reserves and takes you to popular pubs for refreshment stops! Make sure to stop off at Route 2's cycle-thru café in Topsham, the first of its kind in the UK!

Granite Way Cycle Route

Park up at Okehampton Station, fasten your helmets and venture along the Granite Way Cycle Route. This new, 11-mile route boasts fantastic countryside views surrounding Dartmoor, all the way until you reach Lydford. There are plenty of facilities along the way to keep you pedalling – including cafés and Devon Cycle Hire Sourton Down if needed!

Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Cycle Route

What’s even better than embarking on a glorious cycle trail in the fresh air? When your destination is a blissful beach! Ride your bike along the Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Route that connects these two seaside towns – after your relaxing cycle don’t forget to treat yourself to an icecream or a portion of delicious fish & chips!

Grand Western Canal, Tiverton

Cycle along the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton for tranquil scenery and excellent picnic spots! Follow the meandering river for 11 miles between Tiverton and Lowdswells, just south of the Somerset border!

Where can I hire a bike?

Cycling is a great way to explore the city and countryside! If you don't have your own bicycle there are plenty of cycle hire companies in Exeter; offering advice on where to cycle and bicycles for all ages and abilities, as well as equipment for families such as trailers and tag-a-longs:

  • Saddles & Paddles - bicycle and canoe hire from Exeter quayside
  • Co-Bikes - a network of electric bikes available to hire by the half-hour
  • Haldon Forest Park – bikes on site available to rent from Forest Cycle Hire
  • Darts Farm Cycle Hire – hire your bike from Darts Farm and immediately join the exe estuary trail
  • Route 2 Bikes, Topsham – Choose your bike for the day and enjoy a refreshment before you head out on your adventure

Happy cycling from the Visit Exeter team!


The Exe Estuary Trail
Cycle Route
Exe Estuary Trail, vintage bike (c) mathilde le floch

The Exe Estuary is a 26 mile cycle route & walkway which goes along the whole Exe Estuary through Exmouth, Exeter & Dawlish.

Grand Western Canal
Springtime in Sampford Peverell

Opened in 1814, this peaceful, eleven mile long canal is great for walking, boating, angling, cycling, picnics and nature walking.

Exeter Canal Cycle Route
Exeter Canal - with Swans

A flat, almost entirely traffic free cycle route from Exeter Quay, which passes RSPB reserves and 2 well known local pubs.

Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Circuit - Cycle Route
Boats at Exmouth

This is a lovely relaxing cycle route taking in the coast and the rural hinterland between the East Devon seaside towns of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

Haldon Forest Cycle Trails
Cycle Route
Cyclist on Haldon Forest Cycle Trail

Discover Haldon Forest Park on two wheels with trails for every ability in our 3,500 acre woodland just 15 minutes from Exeter.

The Granite Way - Cycle Route
Cycle Route
Meldon viaduct

This is a new, truly spectacular and mostly traffic free cycle route through rural Devon with fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside.

Route 2 Café Bar
Route 2 Cafe dining area

Notably one of the top cafe’s in Topsham. Our laidback, pet-friendly atmosphere will draw you in whilst a delicious selection of homemade cakes and local tea and coffee will entice you to stay.



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