riding the devon heartland
LEAVE THE CAR BEHIND …
… and pack your bags, catch the train from home to Barnstaple Station, and collect your bikes waiting for you there. Leave your luggage to be collected by Raymont House, jump on your bikes and sally forth on The Tarka Cycle Trail without a care in the world, along traffic-free paths and causeways, through cuttings and tunnels, and quiet leafy lanes of beautiful Devon countryside.
Your exhilarating ride along this section of the famous Devon Coast to Coast route, brings you, after approximately thirty miles, to the little town of Hatherleigh on the edge of the moors, and to the warm comforts of Raymont House. Catch your breath and relax with some tea and cake, and bathe away those tired muscles, before maybe having a drink and an evening meal down at the Tally Ho pub or in the restaurant of The George, just down the hill … then climb into bed.
Wake, refreshed and, following a hearty breakfast, ready to explore new horizons in the saddle with a freshly prepared packed lunch in your backpack. Maybe taking in the next section of the Devon Coast to Coast trail through narrow lanes and moorland views to Okehampton and the Meldon Viaduct with stunning vistas of Dartmoor, or pootling around the Devon countryside, stopping off at a pub for refreshment, like the Duke of York at Iddesleigh, famous for its part in inspiring the War Horse story written by Michael Morpurgo. Return at leisure from your discoveries, and have another peaceful night.
Next morning, set off back towards Barnstaple, retracing your tracks along the Tarka Trail. Drop off your bikes at the railway station, pick up your luggage, and catch the train home …
A few days of freedom
No car, no booking bikes on trains, no luggage restrictions, no heavy back-packs …. no worries.