Petrockstow to Okehampton

Petrockstow to ‘Granite Way’ , Okehampton.

Approx 17 miles along rural country lanes across rolling hills. This route takes you fro the village Petrockstow, which situated at the end of The famous Tarka Taril and takes you through the Devonshire countryside to the town of Okehampton. Which is the starting point of another famous cycle way, The ‘Granite Way’.

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Starting at the cross roads at the centre of the village of
Petrockstow, which incidentally was mentioned in the Doomesday Book , cycle south eastwards along Rectory Rise and after 200 yards follow Rectory Rise as it bears right and takes past The Laurels Inn. As you pass the Laurels Inn the road changes its name to Brandise Hill (aptly named) as you start to cycle up hill. Then the road takes you onto the small village of Ash Barton.

As you approach the village of Ash Barton which is about three quarters of a mile from Petrockstow the road changes its name to Ash Hill and as you reach the village turn right, which is opposite the farm entrance on your left. Cycle along this lane for 300 yards and then turn left along a country lane in the direction of the village of Sheepwash (cracking Name !!).
This lane runs onto East Street which will take you into the village of Sheepwash which
approximately 2 miles from Ash Barton. As you reach the village you will cycle past private homes for a few hundred yards before reaching the end of East Street at the centre of the village of Sheepwash.

At the centre of the village turn left along South Street which takes you out of the village
through country lanes and rolling hills towards Highampton which is about 1 mile past Sheepwash.

When you reach Highampton the lane you are cycling along meets at a junction with the A3072.

Turn left along the A3072 and then after approximately 50 yards the A3072 bears to the left and you take the lane on your right. DO NOT turn down Burndon Lane, but take the middle lane (Holstock Cross) which takes you towards the village of Northlew which is about 3 miles along this lane.

On reaching Northlew with its lovely thatched cottages, continue along the road you are on
through the village which runs onto Harper’s Hill and then Rockery Lane. When you reach Rockery lane there is a very sharp bend in the road to the right after about 100 yards. Follow the road to THE RIGHT. Do not go along Summer Lane at this point. NOTE: – you may like to take a break at Northlew and admire the views across Dartmoor, some of the views are stunning..
Continue to cycle along this lane towards Oakhampton which incidentally is about 7 miles away at this point.

As you near Okehampton the lane you are on meets at a junction with the A386. Continue straight across this junction keeping to the lane you are on.

After about 100 yards the lane you are on comes to a ‘T’ junction. TURN LEFT along Beacon Down Hill towards the centre of Okehampton. After a short distance Beacon Down Hill runs onto New Street B3260.

After a few hundred yards New Street turns left at the centre of Okehampton onto East Street. Follow the road along East Street and take the first turning on your right, George Street.

Follow George Street to the end, about 120 yards and then turn right along Station Road.

Now follow Station Road for about 500 yards where you will come to Okehampton Railway Station. Which is placed at the start of the famous ‘Granite Way’ cycle trail.

At this point you have reached the end of your ride. You could if you wish extend your ride and enjoy some or all of ‘The Granite Way’ cycle trail towards Lydford.

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