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Okehampton > Axminster

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ]
  • 101.1 km

This section has something for everyone: verdant hills and pastures, a beautiful coastline designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and city attractions. You’ll also ride through some of Devon’s most picturesque villages. At times physically demanding, this section rewards you with some outstanding scenery.

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The 3 stages of the section « Okehampton > Axminster »

  • Okehampton / Exeter

    Okehampton / Exeter [35.8 km]

    You start to leave Dartmoor behind as the route winds through undulating Devon countryside, offering pleasant views and the occasional stop in quiet villages. The itinerary largely follows the old A30 road which is now bypassed by a dual carriageway. A long descent from the plateau leads into the historic Roman city of Exeter.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Exeter / Sidmouth

    Exeter / Sidmouth [36.7 km]

    From Exeter quay the route hugs the canal before heading into open country. Topsham, once an important port, is well worth a visit for its Dutch-gabled houses. This part of the trail is mainly off-road, flat and popular with families. Exmouth marks the start of the Jurassic Coast, which will be your occasional companion as far as Poole. The going gets hilly as you approach Sidmouth, a genteel town noted for its Georgian and Regency seafront.

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail
  • Sidmouth / Axminster

    Sidmouth / Axminster [28.6 km]

    A challenging climb is rewarded with glimpses of the coast, and one of the most unusual visitor attractions of the whole Tour: the Donkey Sanctuary. Their braying fades as you continue your journey through some of Devon’s prettiest seaside villages, Branscombe and Beer. From Seaton your ride is occasionally partnered by the electric tram which glides up the Axe Valley.

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail