Here at Ocean Backpackers cyclists are very welcome! From the most experienced cyclists about to embark on the coast-to-coast challenge to a family wishing to share a leisurely fun ride in the beautiful countryside, we cater for everyone!
Included in our facilities is a large secure storage basement for multiple bikes with a drying room for wet weather gear, not to mention a cosy bed and a hot shower after a hard days cycling.
MAPS AND INFORMATION
We have a comprehensive information booklet for cyclists to browse including details of local bike hire, bicycle repair outlets and we even have a bicycle repair kit ready to fix that annoying puncture!
Our local TIC have many maps and booklets available to purchase especially for the routes detailed below and are happy to help you plan your cycling experience.
National Route 27 of the National Cycle Network is open and signed from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. It is known as the Devon coast to coast cycle route and is 102 miles long.
The whole route is mapped on the NN27 Devon coast to coast cycle map.
Heading south from Ilfracombe there is a good traffic-free section to set you on your way, before joining quiet roads and great views south to Braunton. The route largely traverses the course of former railway lines, the tunnels and across breathtaking viaducts and bridges. Perfect for any cycling enthusiast who likes a challenge!
CHARITY BIKE RIDES
We can sleep up to 44 so welcome large groups of charity cyclists on a budget at the start of their coast to coast challenge. All linen is included and prices start from £13.50 per person.
The Tarka Trail is a 32 mile off-road cycle and walk way from Braunton to Meeth. (You can start from Ilfracombe following the route 27 cycle network to Braunton.) Traffic-free, it passes through the largely unspoilt countryside as described by Henry Williamson’s Tarka The Otter.
There are a range of circular cycle rides based on the Tarka Trail. All routes interlink and encompass a wide variety of mileages and distances.
For detailed maps and information purchase the seven cycle rides around North and Mid Devon-part 2 from our local TIC or
Also available are the new ‘Tarka Trail Guide’ and ‘Cycling Trails in Devon.’
A wonderfully scenic circular route on the north devon coast with a link that allows a start and finish in Ilfracombe. Much of this route is part of route 27 coast to coast and takes in two superb traffic free sections, the National Trust coast route beside the sea at Woolacombe Sands and the former railway path from Ilfracombe to Willingcott Cross. The remainder is along attractive minor roads through quiet villages and rolling Devon farmland. A distance of 15 miles.
Need your luggage transferred? Luggage Transfer Ltd can deliver your bags across the South West of England. From only £6.50 a bag for a two bag transfer-let them help to make your cycling trip a really pleasurable experience.
Brilliant fun, these award winning trails provide an excellent way to explore. These trails are especially fun for a family wanting a fun way to cycle and explore the great outdoors in safe, off-road surroundings.
Our local TIC have the six mile Devon Tarka Spy Trail 1 -Braunton to Barnstaple cycling spy mission trail, available for £5.
NORTH DEVON SURF AND CYCLE BUS
North Devon surfers and cyclists now have an efficient method of travel around North Devon. The service operates daily and includes:
Barnstaple, Braunton, Saunton, Georgeham, Woolacomeb and Ilfracombe. The downstairs has racking suitable for surf boards and bikes and the upstairs has seating for 47 passengers. We have timetables available at the backpackers.
The nearest bicycle hire company to us is Otter cycle hire in Braunton.01271 813339 or Tarka Trail cycle hire at Barnstaple Railway station. 01271 324202. www.tarkabikes.co.uk. Booking is advisable.
We now have a bicycle repair shop in Ilfracombe and can point you in the right direction during your stay. See our information booklet for opening times.