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Especially for families on greenways

Here is a selection of the easiest routes on the Tour de Manche that you can enjoy as a family. These gentle itineraries mostly follow greenways. Also in this section you will find helpful tips for making sure your family rides run smoothly and keep everyone smiling.

- On English side
 

- On French side
 

- On Jersey Island

 

 

> Some advice to make sure your cycling get-away is a real pleasure <

 

 

Family cycle trips in Devon :

 

  • Plym Valley Trail: 7 miles / 11 km

Plymouth <> Clearbrook


Enjoy the sights of the steam railway workings at Coypool before setting off on the former railway path towards Bickleigh and Clearbrook. Although slightly uphill you are rewarded with superb viaducts and tunnels of trees with glimpses of the River Plym and Dartmoor as you head northwards. The Shaugh Tunnel at Bickleigh is particularly memorable as at the centre, due to the tunnel curve, light from both ends of the tunnel disappears for a few moments. The ride back is all downhill with very little need to pedal.
On the way: Plym Valley Railway, Plymbridge Woods, Shaugh Tunnel


The stretch from Plymouth to Clearbrook
 

 

 

 

  • Drakes Trail: 6 miles / 9,5 km

Yelverton <> Tavistock


At Yelverton you start a gentle descent on The Dartmoor Way, an old railway line that leads all the way to Magpie Viaduct and the fantastic Gem Bridge with superb views down the wooded valley followed by the impressive Grenofen Tunnel. From here you reach the edge of Tavistock via the town’s pretty riverside meadows.
On the way: Magpie Viaduct, Gem Bridge, Grenofen Tunnel

 

The stretch from Yelverton to Tavistock
 

 

 

 

  • Granite Way: 8 miles / 13 km

Lydford <> Okehampton


The Granite Way is mostly built along the course of the former Southern Region railway line and runs along the northwest edge of the granite massif of Dartmoor. Lake Viaduct built of local stone and offering spectacular views of the Moor and surrounding countryside which together with Sourton Church warrant a stop for a picnic by the granite seats. The dramatically craggy features of Sourton Tors are clearly visible and further west in the far distance is Brentor church on a distinctive knoll.At Meldon Viaduct there is a railway station, visitor centre and café in the former buffet carriage.
On the way: Southerley Halt Picnic Stop, Lake Viaduct, Sourton Tors & Moor, Meldon Viaduct


The stretch from Lydford to Okehampton
 

 

 

  • Exe Estuary Trail: 10 miles / 16 km

Exeter <> Exmouth


Starting at Exeter Quay ride alongside the canel and locks built around 1567 to historic Topsham which at the time was the second busiest port in the UK. Soon arriving at the River Exe Estury, one of the most important in Europe for wildlife in particlaur wading and migratory birds. The estuary is a hub of activity for recreational activities such as sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and scuba diving. Arriving at Exmouth with its open views of the estuary, sweeping beaches and Imperial Recreation Ground makes for a great lunch stop.
On the way: Double locks, Topsham, Lympstone, Exe Estuary.

 

The stretch from Exeter to Exmouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family cycle trips in Normandy:

 

  • Exploring the Vire Valley: 31.6 km

> Saint-Lô - Pont-Farcy


Leaving Saint-Lô, you cycle beside the River Vire, as far as Pont-Farcy, and go along the undulating green cycleway (a former towpath) which gives you a spectacular panoramic view over the valley from the Roches de Ham. You can also admire the river heritage of the Vire (locks, dams, etc.) that are reminders of its past.
On the way: Saint-Lô, the ‘Capital of the Horse’; the Condé-sur-Vire leisure centre; the Roches de Ham cliffs.


The stretch from Saint-Lô to Condé-sur-Vire: 12.1 km
The stretch to Condé-sur-Vire: 19.5 km

 

 

 

  • Exploring the Normandy Bocage: 42.4 km

> Vire -Mortain


Start from Vire and follow this former railway track, now converted into a green cycleway
On the way: The Vire Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires (Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions), the Lac de La Dathée, a stop-off for walkers and cyclists at Saint-Germain-de-Tallevende

 

The stretch from Vire to Sourdeval: 18.2 km
The stretch from Sourdeval to Mortain: 24.2 km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family cycle trips in Brittany:

 

  • Between polders and grazing land in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay: 20 km

> Chapelle Sainte-Anne (Saint-Broladre) - Mont-Saint-Michel


From the Chapelle Sainte-Anne, you follow the very pleasant Duchess Anne dyke to get to Le Couesnon River and then cover the last few kilometres to Mont-Saint-Michel along the river bank.
On the way: the Polder Centre at Roz-Sur-Couesnon
Coming soon: 17 km of signposted green cycleways between Chapelle Sainte-Anne and Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes

 

The stretch from Saint-Broladre to Mont-Saint-Michel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family cycle trips on Jersey:

 

  • The south coast of Jersey: 12 km

> Saint-Helier - La Corbière


One of the most popular cycle paths on the island of Jersey, along a disused railway line that was once used by steam trains. A great idea for a long weekend on Jersey.


The stretch from Saint Helier to La Corbière

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

> All the family routes on Tour de Manche <

 

 

 

 

Some advice to make sure your cycling get-away is a real pleasure

 

  • Don’t over-estimate your own, or your children’s abilities: start with short stages and build gradually: 15 to 25kms a day is ideal for beginners
  • Consider taking a third wheel or bicycle trailer: this is much greater fun - and more comfortable - than a child seat, although consider how long your child will be able to spend in one
  • Tell your children about essential safety rules: respect the rules of the road: keep in to the right in France (left for UK) and always look ahead; stop before crossing a road
  • Check the size of the bicycle is adjusted to the child: use the controls and adjustments on the bike to meet your child’s needs.
  • Make frequent stops: make the most of these to discover tourist spots and other attractions
  • Think ahead about energy-packed provisions: don’t forget to take enough liquids with you