The Granite Way Cycle Trail
A fantastic family cycle route. The Granite Way is a beautiful purpose built cycle track running between Okehampton and Lydford. Itʼs part of the National Cycle Network route 27 Devon Coast to Coast and runs through Dartmoor National Park. There are spectacular views from Meldon Viaduct and Lake Viaduct, idyllic pubs offering an array of food and of course you can always treat yourself to a Devon cream tea on route.
The missing link section of the trail at Bridestowe Station looks to be completed this year for summer 2013 so there will be 18miles of traffic free cycling available. We will update the progress of the work so you'll know when it is fully open!
Unfortunately the heritage trains aren't currently running and sadly Meldon Buffet Carriage is also closed until further notice. This has come as a surprise to us and it is unknown at the moment whether services will be reinstalled. For more information visit www.dartmoor-railway-sa.org
Whether you are after a leisurely cycle to take in the views of both viaducts, or want to explore further, Devon Cycle Hire is the perfect place to start. It is a common misconception that starting at one end of the trail is better than starting in the middle! It makes absolutely no difference as you have to cycle back no matter where you start. We actually think that starting in the middle gives you greater flexibility and is ideal if you have children as it gives you the option of seeing both viaducts without too long a cycle. Take a look at our interactive map for further information on The Granite Way.
Along the trail there is a host of flora and fauna including bluebell wood, ponds - and birds of prey can often be seen hovering overhead.
The Granite Way changes quite dramatically with each season. In Spring the bluebells near Meldon are a sight to see - and smell! Beautiful dragonflies use the ponds during the Summer. The colour of the bracken on Dartmoor during Autumn is beautiful and once all the leaves have dropped in Winter the views become even more evident.
If heading down to Lydford why not visit Lydford Gorge,a National Trust property which offers cyclists a discounted entry fee.
Download the new Dartmoor iphone app and have all of the information you need about Dartmoor at a touch of a button. To download the app click http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dartmoor-national-park-official/id442671509?mt=8
“Best Activity on Dartmoor” - The Guardian