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Off road cycling with Andrei Burton
Great Britain mountain biking team


Dartmoor has an extensive network of quiet lanes and designated cycle routes.  However, if mountain biking is more your thing, then there are over 350km of bridleways and byways within the National Park to explore.

New Cycling Code of Conduct

Cyclists are being asked to take "Moor Care" this summer with the launch of a new cycling code leaflet developed by the National Park Authority, cyclists and farmers on Dartmoor.

Cycling continues to grow in popularity for "off road" routes, but with a recent boom in road cycling.  The growing participation in road cycling over the last few years, reflects the interest in events such as the The Tour of Britain, and with timed road cycling events known as sportives.

The leaflet provides guidance on cycling on moorland roads, narrow lanes, “off-road” routes including public bridleways and designated trails, and stresses the importance of riding considerately towards other users, respecting farming operations and includes advice on staying safe when cycling in remote areas.

The cycling code's key messages are:

Cycle only where you are legally permitted to do so
  • public roads
  • public bridlewaysGranite and Gears
  • public byways
  • designated cycle routes
Be Considerate
  • respect the interests of other users, farmers and local communities
  • leave gates as you find them
  • protect the environment and take your litter home
Be Safe
  • know your ability and that of your bike
  • be aware that weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly
  • carry map / compass / GPS / mobile phone
  • wear safety gear and appropriate clothing
  • make sure your bike is in working order
  • carry spares for repairs
  • tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
  • be aware cattle grids can be slippery when wet

For more information please see the cycling code leaflet

Cyclists are welcome to use the following routes:

  • Public bridleways
  • Byways open to all traffic
  • Unclassified County Roads
  • Designated Cycle Routes - Granite Way, Princetown Railway, Wray Valley Trail

However, under the Dartmoor Commons Act 1985, cycling on the open moorland or common land is not permitted unless on a designated bridleway or permitted route.  Please see the Dartmoor Commons factsheet for further information.

To help you plan great routes on and around Dartmoor, the Dartmoor and Surrounding Area for Cyclists map is invaluable. This tough, detailed waterproof map shows cycle routes for off-roading or touring.

The map is available to buy from the National Park Visitor Centres.

Granite & Gears downloadable routes

Dartmoor Way website (external website, opens new window)

1SW website (external website, opens new window)

Cycle West (external website, opens new window)

Thinking of organising a cycle event on Dartmoor?

Make sure you refer to our Organised Events page

Page last updated: 29 Jun 2015
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