This circular cycle route takes you from Tavistock, along some pretty country lanes to Mary Tavy and then across the moors to Brentor where you get magnificent views of the Church of St Michael de Rupe perched on the rocky Brent Tor.
You will encounter quite a few hills along the way, but they are generally not too bad. I always enjoy this route as the views of the moors around Brentor and Lydford in the Dartmoor National Park are stunning, particularly when the sun lights up the moorland. You also get great views of the Church of St Michael de Rupe from different angles, so its well worth taking a camera along.
Most of this route is along quiet country lanes, which makes it very enjoyable, however there is about a three mile stretch along the main road between Tavistock and Brentor, so care is needed along this part of the route. This makes it unsuitable for children, though teenagers should be fine, with care.
|Distance||12.5 Miles (20.2 Km)|
|Height Gained||1296 feet (375 m)|
|Suitable for children||Teenagers due to a main road|
|Free Mapping File Downloads||tavistock-brentor-via-mary_tavy-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 left and head up the hill.
In about a mile and a half you will come across this turning on the right towards Mary Tavy. As it is mainly used by farm vehicles, it can get quite muddy, as you can see. Go along this lane, which takes you down a steep hill (beware of on-coming traffic) and then once you have gone over the small bridge you climb up again towards Mary Tavy.
Take the first turning on the left by the 30 mph sign and cycle up the hill into the village. You will come to a cross roads where you take left and head across the moor towards Brentor. AS you cycle across the moor, you will see the magnificent church in the distance.
Go straight over the cattle grid at the bottom of the hill and head into Brentor village. Turn left at the end of the road and head up the hill until you come to the T junction where you take left towards the Church of St. Michael de Rupe and beyond to Tavistock.
This can be a busy main road so take care. I normally take a side turning back into the lanes as it is more fun without the fast traffic. This photo shows the left hand turn which is about three miles down the main road. It is by a group of houses at the bottom of a long gently sloping hill.
Carry along this lane until you get to the T junction where you turn right. Keep on this lane and you will see that it is the same road the you cycled up from Tavistock. So just follow the same route back!