Lake Farmhouse is an ideal base for cycling holidays along quiet country roads, with both local and longer distance cycle tours right on the doorstep. There is plenty of secure storage for those who bring their own bikes or we can arrange bike hire. Gary is a keen cyclist who can provide advice and help with route planning if required.
Traffic FreeThe Tarka Trail - Petrockstowe to Ilfracombe - 43 miles
Just 2.5 miles from Lake Farmhouse along a quiet country road, you can join the Tarka Trail at Petrockstowe. From here you can cycle along the traffic free section of the Tarka Trail to Great Torrington (8 miles), Bideford (13 miles), Barnstaple (22 miles), Braunton (28 miles) and Ilfracombe (43 miles). The majority of this route is along an old railway line so the cycling is very easy and a round trip that may seem a long way will be easier than you think. You can join the Tarka Trail at any of these points if you do not want to do all 86 miles in one day but the first half is by far the most scenic.
Mostly Traffic FreeThe Granite Way - Okehampton to Lydford - 11 miles
The Granite Way runs along the northwest edge of the granite massif of Dartmoor. It is mostly built along the course of the former Southern Region railway line and it makes for easy cycling. The cycle route is entirely off-road for the first 6 miles between Okehampton and Lake Viaduct with additional off-road sections on the section towards Lydford.
Quiet Country RoadsCycle to the sea - via Holsworthy and Bude - 20 miles
Cycle along quiet country lanes via the traditional market town of Holsworthy (10 miles) to Bude (20 miles). The Old Market Inn at Holsworthy was the North Devon CAMRA Pub of the Year 2010 and is well worth a visit. The return journey being the more sensible choice.