We are encouraging people to plan and host regional rides, to showcase their local area as a cycle touring destination. The first one is being hosted by Bernard and Sarah in Exmoor.

If you would like to join them, please:

Please note that these are social rides, and not organised by the Cycle Touring Festival. The people named below as hosts have suggested a route and a place to stay, but are not acting as ride leaders. You need to be responsible for yourself, including booking your own accommodation and carrying everything you need (including a means of navigation, bike repair gubbins and first aid kit). Neither the Cycle Touring Festival nor the hosts named below accept any liability if you take part in this ride: you do so at your own risk. After all, the whole essence of cycle touring is about being independent and exploring the world under your own steam.

If you would like to host your own regional gathering, please do! Read more about hosting a regional ride ➜

Regional gathering: Exmoor


Saturday 9 September 2017 – Sunday 10 September

Hosted by:

Bernard & Sarah Wragge-Morley

Meeting at:

Bideford Quay opposite Post Office at 9.15am

Barnstaple Railway station at 10:35 am

Finishing at:

As above – circular ride

Approximate distance each day:

55 km

Type of ride:

On road, difficult (because of hills)

Overnight accommodation (book your own):
  1. Westermill Farm Campsite £8 per adult. www.westermill.com
  2. Edgcott House, www.edgcotthouse.co.uk on way to campsite
  3. The Crown Hotel, www.crownhotelexmoor.co.uk in village
  4. Monks Cleeve, www.bedandbreakfast-exmoor.com – can bring your horse
  5. Edgcott Cottage B&B www.edgcottexmoor.co.uk on way to campsite

If you want to join us on 9th & 10th September then you will be welcome to arrive on the Friday and depart on the Monday having spent Friday night and Sunday night in our house and garden. We have 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single bedroom and space for 3 two person tents in the garden, free of charge. There are a lots of Hotels B&Bs and Campsites in Bideford. I am happy to collect people from the trains Friday night and bring them home. I can fit 4 bikes and 4 people in my van. Our house is 3 km from the Start.

Description of ride:

55 km each way from Bideford.

You can do this anytime you like. We will be going on 9th and 10th September 2017 if you want to join us.

The ride takes you along the beautiful river Torridge and River Taw Estuary with views out over the Bar. Then from Barnstaple we travel along cycle paths and quiet country lanes up onto Exmoor with stunning views. You can see all the way down to Dartmoor 50 miles away and behind us is the view over the estuary across to Lundy island. The off road section from Blue Gate to above Withypool is picture post card Exmoor valleys crossing river bridges and up onto moorland. Exford is a beautiful village with a small shop and Pub. The campsite is well appointed and also has a small shop.

There is nothing technically difficult about this ride but there is a lot of hill climbing especially on the Saturday which is why I have rated it difficult. However it is not very far and we have plenty of time. You can see the first half of the trip up to and including the campsite on our website www.wraggemorleycycles.com.

We will be coming back a different way from that shown in the video.


GPX route

  • 9.15am – Start at Bideford Quay and cycle to Barnstaple via Tarka trail (tarmac surface, flat, sea level).
  • 10:35 – Barnstaple Railway Station (09:27 from Exeter arrives). Cafe at Station.
  • 11:00 – Cycle to Blue Gate (tarmac road up hill highest point 455m). There will be an alternative road route for anyone that does not want to do the track.
  • 13:00 – Cycle to Lanarcre (byway, stony track, well drained, riding should be possible on any touring bike)
  • 13:30 Picnic on moor overlooking Landacre bridge
  • 14:30 Cycle to Exford (rest of track then Tarmac road)
  • 15:30 Westermill Farm Campsite £8 per adult. www.westermill.com (way marked walks over farm)

GPX route

  • Start 10:00 Cycle to Simonsbath (Tarmac Road)
  • 11:00 Coffee stop at Simonsbath Pub
  • 12:00 Cycle to Stoley Stone (up hill), then National Cycle Route 3 to Bratton Flemming (this section has two steep hills), then Barnstaple (tarmac road, down hill).
  • 14:00 Lunch in Barnstaple (probably at ASDA café).
  • 15:00 Cycle to Bideford on Old Barnstaple Road (tarmac road, undulating).
  • 16:00 Bideford.

Trains arriving Barnstaple on Saturday 9th September 8:31 Exeter 9:39 Barnstaple and 9:27 Exeter 10:35 Barnstaple

Trains Friday 8th September Arrive Barnstaple at 19:14, 20:09, 22:11, 23:59

Trains Depart Barnstaple Sun 10th September 15:29, 17:21, 19:26, 20:21

Any questions…

Want to host a gathering yourself? Find out more here ➜

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