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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.

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.

Off road cycling with Andrei Burton
Great Britain mountain biking team

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)

Cycling with Moor Care

  • When cycling on Dartmoor, ride responsibly by:
  • cycling only where you are legally permitted to do so.  Cycling on open moorland or common land is not allowed unless on a designated bridleway or permissive route
  • respecting the interests of other users
  • leaving gates as you find them
  • protecting the environment and taking your litter home
Thinking of organising a cycle event on Dartmoor? Make sure you refer to our Organised Events page.
Page last updated: 02 Feb 2015
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