EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Cycling holidays and mountain biking holidays are very popular in North Devon and Exmoor where there are some of the best cycle routes in the UK. There are spectacular road routes almost everywhere; many off-road bridleways; and for a more gentle ride the Tarka Trail runs along a former railway line.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays are perfect for your cycling and mountain biking holidays in the UK. Five character stone cottages with log fires (and a free basket of logs & kindling); private enclosed gardens with a picnic table and bird-feeder (filled daily); excellent on and off-road cycle routes right outside the door; and in a good central location within the Exmoor National Park to explore the whole of Exmoor and North Devon.
We offer a beautiful place to stay and the personal attention you would normally receive in a B&B or hotel so that you get the very most from your cycling holiday. We are on site every day to help you with any enquiries and provide a chambermaid service (unless you don’t want to be disturbed!). We are happy to help you light your fire and show you how to keep it going and although there are laundry facilities for your use, we also offer a free laundry service so that you can enjoy your day to the full.
The cottages are surrounded by amazing wildlife grounds with an abundance of wild flowers, shrubs, wild birds, butterflies and pond life including frogs, newts, damselflies and dragonflies. Just two minutes walk away is a traditional pub with award winning home made food and real ales and a local shop and Post Office selling groceries, alcohol, snacks, maps, guides and lovely clotted cream teas.
We know Exmoor and North Devon well and can help you to plan your days out; show you the best walks and rides on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow); and help make arrangements with local businesses e.g. taxi, vehicle repairs, guided tours, cycle repairs, restaurants, etc. – and we always have some special deals arranged for our guests. We can provide towel and linen hire, self-cook evening meals (home-made by our local shop, who can also deliver groceries for your arrival) and other house-keeping services including full cottage clean, B&B and dog-sitting.
The quiet country lanes of Exmoor and North Devon are ideal for road cycling, and Challacombe offers easy access to this vast network of back lanes. The National Cycle Network, Route 3, from Land's End to Bristol, passes just a few miles from Challacombe. The Tour of Britain went through Challacombe in 2007, and the Exmoor Cycle Route was established soon afterwards, a spectacular road route of about 60 miles right around Exmoor, which passes through nearby Simonsbath. The route from Simonsbath across the moors to Lynmouth is really spectacular and you might see wild Exmoor ponies and red deer.
The bridleways on Exmoor are suitable for mountain biking and there are several bridleways from Challacombe over the moors, leading to Parracombe, Lynton and Brayford. There is an interesting off-route along the Barle from Simonsbath, past Wheal Eliza mine to the Iron Age Cow Castle; and there are numerous mountain bike routes all over Exmoor, of all levels of difficulty.
For easy cycling, the Tarka Trail follows a former railway line for over 30 miles from Braunton, along the coast through Barnstaple, Instow, and Bideford and then inland to Torrington and Meeth, and there are several bicycle hire and repair shops along the way. Our favourite part of the route is from Fremington, where there is an excellent cafe and a bike hire shop, to Victorian Instow where there is a lovely sandy beach. We once hired three cycles here for eight of us: a wheelchair bike, a tandem with a pull-along bike and a tricycle!
Another easy cycle route is around Wistlandpound Reservoir, about five miles away. The path is gravelled and a very pleasant and easy route. You are very likely to see a large flock of Canada Geese on the Reservoir and if lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Cormorant.
The Exmoor National Park produce a cycling map for on and off-road use, available online. The Ordnance Survey Explorer map 0L9 shows the bridleways where bikes are allowed. The Moor Rover is a unique service available on Exmoor: you can cycle across the moors all day and use the Moor Rover bus to bring you, and your bikes, back to your cottage.
If you are looking for a cycling holiday or mountain biking holiday in Exmoor or North Devon, then we don't think you will find anywhere better to stay than Exmoor Cottage Holidays. With a charming and peaceful location, a pub and a shop just a short walk away, and many excellent on and off-road biking and cycling routes right outside your door.