On yer bike!
National Cycle Network - ROUTE 2
The National Cycle Network Route 2 stretches from Dover in Kent
to St Austell in Cornwall and covers 359 miles in total. 75 miles are
in Devon where the route runs between Dorset and Plymouth via
Exeter and the south coast. From Lyme Regis on the Dorset border,
Route 2 travels through Seaton, Sidmouth and Exmouth. It then
circumnavigates the Exe Estuary via Exeter to Dawlish on the traffic-
free Exe Estuary Trail.
Between Poole and Exeter, the route is also signed as part of the
Tour de Manche circular cycle route which links the South West
of England with Cherbourg and Roscoff in Northern France. The
Tour de Manche is a long distance cross-channel cycle route which
follows the French coastline of Brittany and Normandy and the
British Jurassic coastline of Dorset and Devon.
Boasting stunning views of the Exe Estuary, the Exe Estuary Trail
is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike; if you are feeling
energetic you can cycle all the way from Exmouth to Exeter Quay
and Exeter city centre. Or you can cycle up one side of the River Exe
and down the other to Starcross, catching the water taxi back to
where you started. The only limit is the energy you have in your legs!
Exmouth to Knowle
Explore the old Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton railway line with
the opportunity to stop off at a pub in Knowle. This is a gentle cycle
along the disused railway path running from Exmouth’s Phear Park
to Budleigh Salterton. The path is ideal for families looking for a safe,
The Exmouth to Starcross Ferry runs from Exmouth Marina to
Starcross, 7 days a week, from Easter until the end of October. The
ferry links up with National Route 2 of the National Cycle Network at
Starcross, from where Powderham Castle is easily accessible by foot or
by bicycle. Bicycles can be carried on the ferry for a small additional
For more information, including times and fares visit:
www.exe2sea.co.uk/ferry.shtml or www.powderham.co.uk/
Topsham ferry runs across the River Exe, between the landing in Ferry
Road, Topsham and Topsham Lock on the western bank of the river.
There is no road access to Topsham Lock but it is on the Exe Valley Way
Time and dates of operation can be found at: