Ivybridge is on a very popular route out of Plymouth and has lots to offer. It is a wonderful location and has lots of safe cycle routes nearby for both short distances and longer, from which holiday visitors, shoppers and commuters can all benefit. Ivybridge Train Station is perfect for visitors to bring their bikes from London and First Trains are an excellent cycle friendly company.
NCN (Sustrans National Cycle Network) route 2 passes through the town to Plymouth (20 miles) return or train back and is a mix of country lanes, main roads, and National Trust parkland. Or in the other direction follow it to Totnes (21 miles) return or train back There is also a cycle path within the town utilising the bridleway which commences at the Evangelical Church (at the junction of Leonards Road with Exeter Road) and cuts through to Godwell Lane.
Off-road cyclists (and horse riders) may wish to tackle the path created from what was the Redlake railway line – this scenic route runs across the moor alongside the Western Beacon and close to Harford Moor Gate.
The challenging Dartmoor Way Cycle Route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads and uses traffic-free cycle tracks wherever possible.
In addition to the main circular route, there is a 27 mile-long High Moorland link. This allows you to follow a 'figure of eight' route, or alternatively enjoy the shorter South Dartmoor Loop via Buckfastleigh, Princetown and Tavistock, 52 miles
Nearby is the Drakes Trail Plymouth to Tavistock route which is family friendly, with a gentle gradient, 42 miles return in total but shorter linear sections possible. It then continues onto the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle route to Ilfracombe.
Burrator Reservoir in the heart of the National Park offers a choice of rides for all abilities and distances
Cycle routes in the area are:
- NCN 272: Dartmoor Way: Circular route of 95 miles around Dartmoor
- NCN 28: Salcombe to Ilfracombe, via Ivybridge
- NCN’s signed at Ivybridge Train Station
Further details can be found on the Sustrans website
Friends Garage offer sales and servicing of electric, road, mountain, BMX and kids bikes.