Tavistock to Plymouth Plym Valley Trail

Tavistock to Plymouth via The Plym Valley Trail – National Cycle Route No 27.

This cycle ride is approximately 18 miles and takes you from the market town of
Tavistock on a section of the route using mainly rural and ‘B’ roads to Clear brook where you join the dedicated traffic free National cycle route No27 which takes you down hill to Plymouth and the Saltram House Estate which is a George II era mansion.

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Starting from Drake Road Tavistock where it passes National Cycle Route No 27 near to Tavistock Council Offices. Cycle in a south easterly direction along Drake Road towards the centre of Tavistock and its town hall. After 200 yards you come to a roundabout go STRAIGHT ACROSS the roundabout onto Abbey Place and after a further 100 yards as you pass over the River Tavy you come to a second roundabout.

At this second roundabout TURN RIGHT onto St Johns Ave., which takes you along the bank of the River Tavy. Cycle along the riverside for about 600 yards and at the end of the parkland area you will come to a junction with Plymouth Road A386. TURN LEFT along Plymouth Road and after 120 yards you come to a roundabout.

At the roundabout bear right keeping to Plymouth Road. Cycle along Plymouth Road for 300 yards and then TURN RIGHT along Brook Lane (part of national cycle route No 27).

As you cycle along Brook Lane you will leave the outskirts of Tavistock and be cycling along
a rural country road. As a matter of interest you will pass Dartmoor Cycles on your right after 200 yards of joining Brook Lane. A specialist cycle store of the area.

After cycling along Brook Lane for about 700 yards you come to a small lane on your left, which is in fact the fourth turning on the left after joining Brook Lane.
TURN LEFT along this small lane which takes you in the direction of the village of Grenofen. After 500 yards you come to a small cross road junction, go STRAIGHT ACROSS this junction continuing in the direction of Grenofen. After a further 600 yards you will cross over a junction with the A386 and then after a few yards reach the end of the lane at a ‘T’ junction at Grenofen. TURN RIGHT at this junction and you will pass through the village with most of the dwellings on your right as you cycle along.

Continue to cycle along this lane for about a mile after which you will come to the village of
Horrabridge. (Famous for salmon fishing on the nearby River Walkham)
As you enter Horrabridge and pass The Old School Guest House on your left you TURN RIGHT along Graybridge Road. Cycle about 200 yards along Graybridge Road and then TURN LEFT onto Station Road and the TURN IMMEDIATE LEFT onto Walkhampton Road which will take you out of the village past the Community School.

Cycle along this road for about three quarters of a mile and then you come to the village of Walkhampton, with its 17th century Walkhampton Inn.

As you enter the village of Walkhampton the road you are cycling along comes to a ‘T’ junction. At the ‘T’ junction TURN RIGHT, which will take you out of the village and in the direction of Yelverton.

As you approach Yelverton (three quarters of a mile) the road you are cycling along meets with the B3212 and changes its name to Dousland Road. Follow Dousland Road into the centre of Yelverton.

At the centre of Yelverton Dousland Road meets with a roundabout but you need to TURN LEFT onto Westella Road which is just a few yards on the left before the roundabout.

As you turn onto Westella Road bear right and follow Westella Road along past the roundabout and as you pass the roundabout you come to a path on your left after about 50 yards. TURN LEFT along this cycle path, which is the start of the traffic free section of Route No27 taking you down towards Plymouth. It is this section of the ride that is known as ‘The Plym Valley Ride’.

Now cycle along Route 27 cycle path through the wooded section and after about three quarters of a mile you will reach the disused Clearbrook Railway Station. This station was once part of South Devon and Tavistock Railway and was originally opened in 1859 (quite a long time ago!!)

As you cycle along this dedicated cycle path you will pass Goodameavy and shortly after you will reach the famous Shaugh Tunnel, which is lit up inside during daytime hours. As you continue along the trail for about another half a mile you will come to Bickleigh viaduct, and just after the viaduct you past The Royal Marines base on your right. As you travel along you pass over another viaduct near to Cann Wood.

After about another 2 miles you reach the outskirts of Plymouth and the cycle trail comes to an end where it meets with the B3416. TURN LEFT along the B3416 and then after 400 yards turn right onto Cot Hill. Follow Cot Hill to the end, about 500 yards and then TURN RIGHT along Merafield Road.

After 200 yards TURN RIGHT along a small lane. (This is where Merafield Road bends sharply to the right).

This lane will take you across the A38 and into Saltram Park, which is owned and run by The National Trust.
The end of your ride…..

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