Choosing the Right Holiday
At CycleActive we carefully grade our trips according to both the level of fitness you need and, for mountain biking, the level of skill you need. We also offer personal advice to anyone who needs it, by email or on the phone, to ensure that you find a holiday suitable for your abilities and desires.
Fitness grade 2-3. This means you need to be a moderately fit cyclist as the Devon C2C does involve two or three full days of cycling over hilly terrain. You can take your time as this tour is not guided, so you don’t have to stay at the pace of others, but you do need reasonable stamina. For those who want extra challenges, we have additional off-road options planned too.
Skill grade A-B. The main route follows backroads and well graded tracks so you do not need experience at off-road riding to be able to enjoy it.
Geography & Climate
The climate in Devon is one of the most predictably warm and sunny through UK spring, summer and autumn, but still with a chance of showers and cool spells. This is a ride through varied terrain including smooth traffic free cycle paths, quiet backroads and hilly roads in mid-Devon and around Dartmoor. The high point of the ride is 982 feet. We recommend that you travel with a good variety of cycle clothing to allow for the range of conditions. A full kit list will be sent to you on booking.
Accommodation & Food
We use guesthouse accommodation for this tour and the price is based on shared occupancy of a twin or double rooms. If you wish to guarantee a private room for yourself then a single supplement is payable. We aim to let you enjoy comfortable evenings with tasty food available at nearby pubs or restaurants. On arrival at the guest house in Exeter, you will be told where the best place to park for the weekend is. There may be parking charges, dependant on availability of free on-road parking.
This trip is unsupported (A van doesn't follow you at all time) and unguided so once you head out on your cycling days you are responsible for your own safety and your own journey from point to point. A CycleActive member of staff is transporting luggage and can be telephoned if you have a problem out on the bike. The route is well signed and there is a detailed map produced by Sustrans (available from us) specifically for the route, so finding your way should not be a problem.
If you want to use your own bike we recommend either a mountain bike, hybrid bike with large tyres or a sturdy touring road bike. You can complete the ride on regular road bikes but some sections of tracks such as the old railway paths may be slippery or too rough for skinny tyres. If you want to rent a bike please contact us to discuss your needs and we will reserve a bike for you.
Clothing and equipment
On booking, a detailed list of useful and essential items will be sent to you. You must bring your own cycle helmet that must be worn for all cycle rides. All clothing and equipment must be packed in one small to medium sized bag, either a soft holdall or soft rucksack. This is the maximum luggage allowed as all bags are carried in a minivan and space is limited.
An official Sustrans map is available from us (at an extra cost – please order when you reserve your space) which, combined with the official signage, should ensure a smooth crossing of the country.