Car Free Holidays

Exploring dartmoor without a car

Dartmoor is a great place to come and leave your car behind. If you like to walk or cycle, you can arrive by public transport and enjoy a completely car free weekend or short break.

It’s easy to reach Dartmoor from anywhere by train now that the new Dartmoor Line is open from Exeter to Okehampton. Once here you can hire a bike from next door to Okehampton Station and head off on The Granite Way and beyond.

The Dartmoor Way

The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route is a 95-mile, circular route for cyclists that links some Dartmoor’s most beautiful countryside, towns and villages via a selection of quiet lanes and traffic-free cycle routes. It is well signposted and includes an optional high moor link.

The Dartmoor Way Walking Route is a 100-mile, circular route for walkers that follows quiet footpaths and lanes and takes the walker through some of Dartmoor’s hidden gems and interesting villages. Signposting for this route is well underway and planned for completion by December 2019.

Cycling on Dartmoor

It is no surprise that Dartmoor is very popular with cyclists. With a network of quiet lanes, designated cycle routes and over 300 km of byways and bridleways, cycling on Dartmoor offers something for everyone. Cycling across the open moor is restricted to certain types of route. Dartmoor National Park Authority has produced a helpful Cycling Code of Conduct to help you identify permissible trails and enjoy your cycling experience.

Dartmoor’s Granite Way Cycling Route

The Granite Way is an easy to moderate 11 mile cycling route that is mostly traffic free and offers fantastic views of Devon and Dartmoor. The route is part of the National Cycle Network ‘Devon Coast to Coast’ Route 27 and runs between Okehampton and Lydford.