The Granite Way Cycle Trail
A fantastic family cycle route. The Granite Way is a beautiful purpose built cycle track running between Okehampton and Lydford. Itʼs part of the National Cycle Network route 27 Devon Coast to Coast and runs through Dartmoor National Park. There are spectacular views from Meldon Viaduct and Lake Viaduct, idyllic pubs offering an array of food and of course you can always treat yourself to a Devon cream tea on route.
The Granite Way is now open traffic free all the way through to Lydford. So now there is a total of 18miles of traffic free cycling available. Great news for getting to Lydford without the hills!
Meldon Buffet Carriage has been open during the 2015 season so we are hoping 2016 will be the same. Great view with your cuppa! There are trains running from Meldon, through Okehampton and onwards to Sampford Courtney/Bow. They don’t run every day so please look at their website www.dartmoor-railway-sa.org for more information.
Whether you are after a leisurely cycle to take in the views of both viaducts, or want to explore further, Devon Cycle Hire is the perfect place to start. It is a common misconception that starting at one end of the trail is better than starting in the middle! It makes absolutely no difference as you have to cycle back no matter where you start. We actually think that starting in the middle gives you greater flexibility and is ideal if you have children as it gives you the option of seeing both viaducts without too long a cycle. Take a look at our interactive map for further information on The Granite Way.
Along the trail there is a host of flora and fauna including bluebell wood, ponds - and birds of prey can often be seen hovering overhead. The Granite Way changes quite dramatically with each season. In Spring the bluebells near Meldon are a sight to see - and smell! Beautiful dragonflies use the ponds during the Summer. The colour of the bracken on Dartmoor during Autumn is beautiful and once all the leaves have dropped in Winter the views become even more evident.
If heading down to Lydford why not visit Lydford Gorge,a National Trust property which offers cyclists a discounted entry fee.
“Best Activity on Dartmoor” - The Guardian