This is a very scenic cycle route that takes you from Tavistock into the village of Peter Tavy and then up a steep hill towards the moors.
The views from those moorland slopes are stunning but be warned that the road upwards from Peter Tavy is very steep. In fact my road bike only has 18 gears and none are low enough for this climb, so I use my mountain bike for this route.
It is well worth the effort though. In fact, this is one of my favourite cycles around Tavistock, probably because of the sense of achievement in conquering that hill! There are also some interesting variants of this route that I will publish soon.
|Distance||7.7 Miles (12.5 Km)|
|Height Gained||800 feet (244 m)|
|Bike Required||Road or MTB with plenty of low gears|
|Suitable for children||Teenagers due to steep hill|
|Free Mapping File Downloads||tavistock-to-peter-tavy-scenic-localdevon.gpx
Start from the West Devon Borough Council Offices in Tavistock and head along the path alongside the offices. You meet quite a few pedestrians and dog walkers so take care. At the end of the path turn right and head up the hill.
After about a quarter of a mile, you will come to a gate on your right, which has signs for the 27 Cycle route. Take this route and carry on along the old railway until you get to the end after about half a mile
Turn left onto the narrow country lane carry on until you get to the T junction where you turn right and head down the hill.
Just before you get to the main road at the bottom of the hill, there is a left turn, with route 27 signs that takes you along the footpath. Carry on past the turning past the business park on your right and you will come to a small entrance on your left that takes you along another path through a small wood.
Meander along this path, until you meet the road to Peter Tavy and Princetown. Turn right and head over Harford Bridge following the signpost for Peter Tavy. Once you enter Peter Tavy, look out for a turning on the right in which you can see the village hall.
This is where the road gets steep so select a low gear (for me the lowest!) and head on past the village hall and up the narrow road. This hill is about half a mile long so it gives the legs a good work out.
Once you are at the top, it is down hill for most of the way from here, so enjoy the distant views towards Brentor, cycle past the house and holiday cottages on your right and enjoy cruising carefully down the hill, remembering that you may encounter occasional cars and farm vehicles coming around the blind corners.
You pass a turning on the right and will soon come to this road which has been badly damaged in the recent heavy rains. At the top, by the farm house, turn right and you’re cycling past the fields where I came across these cute lambs.
At the end of the road, by this sign post to Princetown and Peter Tavy, turn left and then take the next right in about 200m. You just carry on down this road until you come to the gates of Mount House Prep School.
Turn left here and cruise down the hill carefully, particularly on school days when lots of parents are driving up this hill to collect their children from the prep school.
You’ve nearly finished this route, as you turn right onto road connecting Princetown and Tavistock and cruise into the centre of Tavistock. If the lanes around Peter Tavy are muddy, then you’ll look like a cycling hero as you pass through the town centre!