Mid Devon, in the heart of the west country, has some of the loveliest and probably least known countryside in the region.
The SPAR shop in Bampton is an official stamping point for national cycling networks.
From Bampton, two cycle routes have been prepared and details can be found in a leaflet 'Cycling in Mid Devon' (see the Mid-Devon Tourism web-site).
Both these circular routes take you along river valleys:
1. The Exe Valley
A 16 mile tour taking a scenic route between Bampton and Tiverton with good views and wonderful countryside - about half the route follows the River Exe down a wooded valley. There are some steep climbs mixed with some gentle stretches.
2. The Lowman Valley
This is a longer route of some 23 miles, exploring many lanes and picturesque villages and hamlets, again between Tiverton and Bampton (actually Huntsham which is only a mile or two from the town). There is plenty of scope for variety if you have your O.S. map with you.
3. West Country Way
Bampton is on this cycle route which is a 250 mile one from Padstow to Bath and Bristol. More information here.
4. Cycling on Exmoor
Cycling on Exmoor - routes recommended by the National Park
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Cycling in SW England
Inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter, this 180 mile, figure eight route traverses unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and beautiful beaches.
Suggested maps can be found elsewhere on this site.