Exploring Devon by motorcycle is great, with so much of it to see and so many roads to travel! From the rugged moors to glorious coastal views and tiny fishing villages, Devon has so much to show both keen motorcyclists and more tentative beginners. The winding country roads show a different picture postcard view with every bend.
If that sounds good, then our Motorcycle Ride Out 2017, sponsored by Bridge Motorcycles, is an event not to be missed! The ride will be taking place on Sunday 9th July, and will cover around 80 miles of glorious scenery. Not only that, but you’ll also be helping to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance. So, don’t forget to sign up online! Our Ride Out promotes riding safely, so please be aware that it’s not a race.
Until then, we’ve put together some interesting motorcycling routes of varying length and road type for you to try, so you can take in the gorgeous scenery of the South West. Of course, if you want a break from the bike there’s also ample opportunity to visit the beach, explore the quaint villages of central Devon or have a cream tea – remember that cream then jam is practiced in these parts! Whatever you decide, we’re sure you’ll have a great time exploring these wonderful routes…
Lyme Regis to Croyde Bay - East to North Devon
Road Type: A373 / A361
Mileage: 75.7 miles
Time: 2 hours approx.
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
For an easier ride that packs some punch with countryside aplenty and coastal start and end points, you’ll really get to see it all on this East to North Devon route. If you’re feeling like you want to explore more, why not stay the night in Croyde or one of the surrounding towns and villages?
South Hole to Clovelly – North West Devon
Road Type: B3248
Mileage: 18.6 miles
Time: 2 hours approx.
Hartland Quay – Hartland Point (Barley Bay) – Mouthmill Beach
This route is designed for the more adventurous motorcyclist with several country and coastal roads leading you around the highest point in Devon. This coastal route provides opportunities to stretch your legs and walk to Barley Bay or for the able, explore the Iron Coast Mouthmill Beach with stunning Blackchurch Arch.
This really is a spectacular route with so much to discover, especially in the beautiful harbour village of Clovelly- with less than 500 people living here you’ll fall in love with its quintessential cobbled streets and views all the way across to the Bristol Channel.
Burgh Island to Dartmouth – South Devon
Road Type: Unassigned roads and A379/B3205
Mileage: 34.3 miles
Time: 1 hour 40 minutes approx.
Burgh Island – Kingsbridge –Start Point Lighthouse – Hallsands – Torcross (Ferry)– Stoke Flemming
Offering an opportunity to ride through the South Devon countryside, coastal routes and hop on a ferry, this route is great for the tentative rider through to the adventurous with the option to cut out the more uneven roads of the deep coast.
If you’re seeking tranquillity from the hustle and bustle then Burgh Island is worth visiting, known for its links to Agatha Christie and most recently the Devon born singer and songwriter Ben Howard’s EP – Burgh Island.
Whilst you’re stopping for a tea break pop into our Devon Air Ambulance charity shop in Kingsbridge- it’s filled with quality donations so you’re sure to find something worth buying.
The Buckfastleigh Loop
Road Type: Country roads and A386 / B3387
Mileage: 81.6 Miles
Time: 2 hours 25 minutes approx.
Buckfast Abbey – Bovey Tracey – Moretonhampstead – Lydford – Yelverton – Ivybridge – Buckfastleigh
The moors are a popular visitor location covering 368 square miles and its Tors (and there’s many of them) are an exhilarating walk. Reaching their peak will make you feel nothing short of wonderful, but be sure to pack a hat or keep your helmet on as it gets pretty windy up there even on the nicest of British days!
This loop allows you to be both tourist and explorer, and incorporates the historical Buckfast Abbey (this is worth at least half a day on its own but note it isn’t free, find out more here) and also the smaller villages of Lydford and Yelverton. You can choose to stop at various towns and villages along the way or simply enjoy the ride – whatever you decide, we’re sure you’re going to enjoy yourself.
Sidmouth to Torquay – East Devon
Road Type: A379
Mileage: 41.2 miles
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.
Exmouth – Topsham – Dawlish – Teignmouth – Babbacombe
Arguably one of the most popular areas of Devon, with the city of Exeter a stone’s throw away, you’re sure to have a fun and varied motorbike ride. Country roads, coastal roads and a ferry keep this route interesting and the A38 stretch of dual carriage way is an easy scenic route that’s perfect for opening up before you reach the English Riviera - Torquay.
Stop in Exmouth for fish and chips on the beach, take a break in the gorgeous village of Topsham with its Antiques Market and small harbour at your fingertips, and take a walk on Babbacombe Downs for stunning sea views. This route can be shortened by starting at Exmouth, or if you’re really short on time the Dawlish to Torquay stretch is still a great motorcycling experience.
We’ve got a number of charity shops in this area and sponsorship events are very popular here. Why not pop in on your way down to Torquay:
- Sidmouth Devon Air Ambulance Charity Shop
- Exmouth Devon Air Ambulance Charity Shop
- Topsham Vintage and Variety Devon Air Ambulance Charity Shop
While exploring Devon by motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, sadly it isn’t without risks. While country roads can be some of the most exciting, they are often also the most dangerous. While we always recommend riding safely and following the speed limit, accidents can still happen.
Fortunately, Devon Air Ambulance is there to help when something does go wrong, and we’re pleased to have helped saved hundreds of lives as part of our service so far. To take one example of our service, when 7-year-old Finley suffered a 20-foot fall, Devon Air Ambulance arrived on the scene to airlift him to hospital. We’re pleased to say that he went on to make a full recovery:
To continue our service, we rely on support and donations from the public. So, if you’re a motorcyclist then please help to support our mission by signing up to our Motorcycle Ride Out, and even go the extra mile by getting sponsored by friends and family. Until then, we hope you enjoy everything Devon has to offer!