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This tour has all the delights of Devon with idyllic flat, traffic-free pedalling. Smell the sea air, taste the cream teas, see the green hills, touch the gentle way of life and almost hear the sound of trains as you ride along the disused railway tracks. This break allow as little or as much cycling as you fancy - perfect for any age and any ability.
You will be accommodated at a small hotel in Barnstaple for classic package and at a 4-star hotel in Barnstaple for luxury package. The accommodation is among the finest available in the areas you tour. All bedrooms have private bath or shower rooms with tea and coffee making facilities, etc.
Arrive in Barnstaple and make your way to your handpicked accommodation which is located adjacent to the heart of this attractive town. Situated at the head of the Taw estuary, the town has a long and interesting history with plenty to explore. At a time to suit you make your way to our base close by in Barnstaple, which is open from 09:15 to 17:00 every day, to pick up your cycling equipment. Your host will meet you there, organize your bicycle and run through your itinerary.
Today's ride follows the course of an old railway line as it hugs the estuary to Bideford and then follows the River Torridge through scenic woodlands, over bridges and through cuttings and tunnels. Virtually traffic free, with just a gentle incline at the far end of the route, the day includes marshlands, old quays, a beach great for a dip, and cozy cafes in former railway stations. It's worth a detour across the 14th Century bridge to explore Bideford or a foray on a ferry to the quaint whilst fishing village of Appledore. It's a day packed with variety and you can turn around and retrace your way back to Barnstaple for a second night there whenever you feel like it.
There's a wonderful opportunity to absorb the holiday mood today on this idyllic ride around the Taw estuary. Traffic free, flat and with the wind in your hair, you can ride by the sand dunes and spot the wildlife. Freewheel on to the beautiful sandy bay at Saunton, test the sea's temperature and laze away the hours. As the return ride retraces the route, you can head back home at any point. Return your bike to our base and depart, dreams fulfilled!
Devon is the county of big skies, stunning coastlines and big hills, moorland and thatched villages. The landscape is rural and can be rugged in parts but it is always beautiful. Its fabulous beaches on both the north and south coast are a real attraction. With a number of disused railway lines now back in action as cycling paths, you are offered some trips with gentle gradients and very little traffic. Other trips have more strenuous slopes and include Cornish miles - steep, twisting and twice the length of regular miles. The walking here is dramatic and beautiful with superb coastal paths and inland moorland hikes.
Being in the southwest the area boasts the warmest climate in Britain and is the most loved area for holidays at home among the English. There are cozy inns, renowned clotted cream teas and a growing number of high quality hotels and restaurants. Inland, rivers thread their way through the area connecting villages from almost another age, whilst the moors offer an altogether different landscape.
In the UK, all breakfasts are served cooked.
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