Okehampton Granite Way to Lydford Castle

Okehampton to Lydford Castle using an 11 mile stretch of National cycle route No 27. This part of the national cycle route No 27 is also known locally as ‘Granite Way’ and runs along the North West edge of the granite massif of Dartmoor.

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Approx 11 miles following the old Great Western railway; Line. The route is part of the Devon Coast to Coast cycle route with views across Dartmoor along the way. The surface is excellent being tarmac nearly all the way.

Staring from Station Road at Okehampton Railway Station cycle down Parklands for 50 yards and then bear left onto the cycle path which runs alongside the railway line.

As you cycle another 250 yards keeping to the path you pass under Tors Road near by is Meldon. At Meldon Viaduct there is a railway station, Visitor Centre and café in the former buffet carriage all run by Dartmoor Railway.

Continue to cycle along the cycle track and after a few hundred yards the railway enters a short tunnel at the end of the tunnel you should bear left on the path that takes you across the railway line and you should have a quarry on your left hand side as you cycle along. At this point you should be climbing up a hill.

Continue to cycle along the path past Sourton. Sourton church and the views along this section warrant a stop for a picnic by the granite ‘seats’, after which you will cycle over the magnificent viaduct at lake,(you can imagine the site of steam trains thundering across this structure in days gone by) and after about another 5 miles after Sourton you reach Lydford. On your way to Lydford you will encounter quite a steep climb to Lydford.

As you reach Lydford take the first exit off the path up the slope to your right and this

brings you out on School Road.
Turn right along School Road and after 700 yards come to Lydford Castle ….End of this suggested ride.

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