As estate agents in Bovey Tracey we know that Dartmoor is an ideal location for cyclists. With over 268 square miles to discover, the countryside boasts beautiful forests, picturesque towns, historical ruins, mountainous landscapes, dense forests and winding rivers. With varying terrains and well-mapped routes the location makes cycling a sport that is accessible to all; appealing to families on days-out and professional cyclists alike.
The possible routes are endless, with hundreds mapped out around the area. The most famous one being the Dartmoor Way, a 95-mile circular route that spans around the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park. This cycle route can be joined at any point due to its circular nature and has a variety of paths, from quiet Devon lanes, minor roads and traffic free cycle tracks all decorated with pubs, hotels and cafes along the way. A fund of £48,000 was given to enhance the cycle path after increasing demand and popularity. In addition to the main route there is an adjoining 27-mile long High Moorland link for those in search of a more mountainous challenge.
Part of this route goes through the 9-mile trail linking the towns of Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot. Along the way cyclists pass through Stover Country Park where they can encounter over 114 acres of woodland, heath, grassland moorland and a variety of wildlife. In 2013, Devon County Council invested £250,000 into a scheme in Bovey Tracey to widen trails and pathways so that they could provide dual access to both pedestrians and cyclists. This has improved accessibility for cyclists who can now choose between moorland tracks or designated trails which suits all abilities. There are even plans in the future to provide shuttle buses for cyclists so that even more trails can be explored, which would increase the convenience for cycling.
It’s no wonder then, with such a welcoming terrain, that so many cycling events are held in Dartmoor. The Dartmoor Devil is one such event, with hundreds of cyclists taking part last month. This route tackles the mountainous landscape with climbs of a 25% gradient.
Many see this as extremely rewarding and it is high on the bucket list of any keen cyclist throughout the country. Additionally, the Dartmoor Classic Sportive is held annually and organised in association with the British Cycling Club. The race has three difficulties and attracts cyclists from all over the UK. It is widely regarded as the most prestigious open-road cycling event in the UK with a popularity so great that it usually sells out within 24 hours.
With all this at your doorstep, it’s easy to see why so many keen cyclists are looking for estate agents in Bovey Tracey, hoping to live in this area of Dartmoor. With the possibility of exploring the Haldon forest, following the River Teign and experiencing picturesque towns such as Bovey Tracey itself means that fun cycling is at your fingertips – and all the better with the investment and support of the council.
Whether a keen cyclist or not, if you’re looking for an estate agent in Bovey Tracey then Autograph Estate Agents are perfect for you! Take a look at the properties for sale and rent on our website and get in touch today