The great outdoors: two legs or two wheels – it’s your choice
With stunning countryside right on your doorstep, make Tamar Valley Resort your base for cycling in the beautiful Cornish countryside
With so much natural beauty right on our doorstep, we have gathered some information which highlights some great walks and cycling available in the local area. For more on walking, see our walk page.
Honicombe’s location in the Tamar Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, gives great access to miles of country lanes and public trails great for exploring by bike. Whether you are a Cycle Touring Club, an extreme mountain biker or a family looking for a leisurely day out, Cornwall and Devon has it all! There is a variety of interesting sites, beautiful views and places to go to keep everyone interested with plenty of different terrains suitable for all the family. For some extreme cycling, why not spend the day at Cardinham Wood, guaranteed to test your skill or for something a little less taxing why not explore Tamar Trails, a short drive away. There is also plenty of free information and maps to help you make the most of what’s on offer.
There are lots of local public trails suitable for cycling in the area as well as dedicated cycle tracks, some starting right on our doorstep. Here are just a few suggestions of what the local area has to offer:
- Beautiful valley bridleways through the ancient tin mining area of the Tamar Valley – see below for more info.
- The market garden countryside and hilly terrain of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail – see below for more info.
- Downhill mountain biking on some of the world famous Tavi Woodlands and Gawton tracks – see below for more info.
And of course, there are plenty of local pubs and cafes serving great food and drink to help you wind down and re-fuel after a hard day’s cycling, or even along the way!
Our staff will be happy to give advice on local cycling routes – please just ask at reception. We can also provide assistance for local bike hire, should you need it. Please make sure that you wear suitable clothing and stick to public trails.
Tamar Valley cycling
The Tamar Valley has numerous trails and tracks to keep you entertained. Listed below are some free resources to inspire you!
Tamar Trails - The Tamar Valley has plenty of blue (intermediate) graded bridleways and cycle legal tracks to explore the wooded valleys and stunning estuary habitat that is a haven for over-wintering wildfowl and wading birds. Combined with the industrial and farming heritage of the area, this is a special landscape that is also part of Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. For more information see the Tamar Valley website, download their great map and guide to the area and hear direct from a cyclist what it’s like on this great route.
Tamar Valley Discovery Trail - this 48km trail takes you all the way from Tamerton Foliot in Devon to Launceston in Cornwall. That might sounds like a long way, but the downloadable maps and trails on this website will help you chose how much or how little you want to do in one go, and staying at Honicombe is a great way to explore the whole trail over several days!
Downhill mountain biking – for fans of this popular and exciting sport, some of the world’s most challenging tracks are a short distance from Tamar Valley resort, as recommended in Dirt magazine. For more information on mountain biking on the world-famous Tavi Woodlands and Gawton tracks, see the Gawton Gravity Hub and Tamar Valley websites. Please note you must be a member or have a day pass to use these trails – details on the website.
Please remember not all public paths are suitable for or allow cycling. For more information on all cycle paths in Cornwall, the Cornish Council and 1 South West Cycle Adventure websites have lots of useful information.
If you want to hire a bike to take advantage of these great cycle routes, then please get in touch with our reception and they will be happy to find a cycle hire facility near where you would like to cycle or alternatively, please contact the centres listed above for further information.