The English Velodyssey
The English Velodyssey takes you from Plymouth in the south to Ilfracombe in the north, right through the beating heart of Devon, renowned for its rolling hills, picturesque villages and welcoming pubs. This route mainly uses the former steam-train line. Accessible to almost everyone, this section will also allow you to discover the wild beauty of Dartmoor.
The English Velodyssey uses the Devon Coast to Coast route which forms a part of the National Cycle Network. This is also the national cycle route n° 27 and EuroVelo 1 route in this part of England.
163 kms long, this section alternates between designated greenways and several sections of the route are sometimes undulating. For parts of the route, it also follows trails that are very well-known on this side of the Channel - such as the hugely popular Tarka Trail.
Leading off from this core route there are other, equally interesting trails to discover. The Sustrans organisation website (together with a handy App) provides a very precise map of routes you can follow : www.sustrans.org.uk
Just as in France, it is easy to board trains here with bicycles. The stations on the route are shown on the maps with the sections and stages. Train destinations, time tables and ticket prices in England are available on the website www.nationalrail.co.uk
And as for making your way between France and England… well, it couldn’t be easier to cross the Channel between Roscoff and Plymouth : Click here for more information
On this site you will find detailed descriptions of routes in the maps showing the English stages.