Plymouth is called Britain’s Ocean City. The city is popular with beach goers, water sports enthusiasts and tourists of all hues and colour. Thanks to its beach side location, oceanic weather and closeness to other major cities in the area, many bikers visit Plymouth.
Not a weekend goes by when the city does not receive some out-of-town motorcyclists. As expected, there are many motor biking routes in the vicinity to keep you busy for a long time. Some of these routes criss-cross Mount Edgecumbe, Dartmoor, Tavistock and South Devon. Here are more details about some of these motor biking routes.
Here are some popular motor biking routes in Plymouth.
Torquay to Plymouth: The route from Torquay to Plymouth is called the ‘Southwest Wonder’. The road is 46.6 miles and it crosses Dartmouth, Torcross, Kingsbridge, Modbury and Plymouth. The route has excellent views, both country and coastal. The coastal views, especially, keep popping up at various points.
There are some fast stretches on the route. Be careful about sudden turns. Some of them are quite narrow. In peak season, the road gets very busy, with holiday makers and pedestrians. There’s even a short ferry ride in store. To take the ferry ride, you have to take a diversion from Paignton (through Totnes). The diversion joins back the original route later. This route is more suitable for cruisers and tourers.
Yelverton to Exeter: This route starts from Yelverton, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, enters the park, goes through Princetown, Moretonhampsted and exits at Dunford to touch Exeter. The scenery is to variable and beautiful. The route covers 28 miles; so it is medium length route and you can easily go back and forth on a single afternoon.
Take care because there are quite a few corners here. Don’t forget you have to drive within Dartmoor’s 40mph speed limit. Till Moor Gate, the road is consistent and fast. Be careful of farm stock. From Moor Gate to Exeter, there are some tight bends.
Devon to Cornwall: You will start from Plymouth in Devon. Take the A386. Go to Yelverton and from there; traverse the edges of the Dartmoor National Park, on to Bideford. Then take the A39 and later the A395, which will take you to Plymouth again.
This is more or less a rural route, so there’s plenty of scenery to take in. The route covers 136.7 miles, so be ready to allocate a large part of your day for this route. There’s a bit of police presence too so please ride within the speed limits and don’t forget your bike papers and helmet.
Woodleigh Coach House: Woodleigh Coach House is in Exeter. The place is set up in a Grade 2 listed building and offers food, drinks and even accommodation.
Captain Jasper’s Cafe: This place is on Whitehouse Pier in Babican. The best thing about this place is it is open seven days a week, till midnight.
Exeter Bike Night: Bridge Motorcycles on Alphinbrook Road holds a bike night on the last Thursday of every month, from April to August. The event is held between 6 pm and 9 pm. Watch out for bike racing celebrities, who make regular appearances here.
The Old Inn: This is a traditional country pub in Axminster, Devon and it offers accommodation and dining. The food is exquisite and lip smacking. Rooms start from £70.00 for a night. The cost includes a continental breakfast.
The Star Inn: The Star Inn is a nice, homely place on Old Liverton Road, Devon. It is country pub and has plenty of parking for large groups. The food is great here. Watch out for their specials. The place conducts an open mic night on Monday night from 8.30 pm.
The Anchor Inn: The Anchor Inn is on Fore Street in Hartland. The place offers food, drinks and accommodation. The Anchor Inn was recently featured on BBC’s Tom Hiddleston starer, The Night Manager. This B&B has a old world charm to it.
Plume of Feathers: Plume of Feathers is on Princetown, in Dartmoor. The place is set up in a historic inn and serves food, drinks and even has accommodation.
Springfield Farm Shop: Springfield Farm Shop is on East Charleton in Kingsbridge. The place has friendly staff, great views of the countryside. The place can accommodate large gatherings.
Biker friendly accommodation in and near Plymouth
Many pubs in the region double up as bed & breakfast inns like The Star Inn, The Anchor Inn, Plume of Feathers and others. Here are some more places.
The Poplars Bed and Breakfast: The Poplars Bed & Breakfast is set-up in a classic Edwardian home. The place offers easy access to beaches, market towns and moors in the region. The place is located in Barnstaple.
The Caraneal: The Caraneal is a typical hotel. It is located in Pier Street, Plymouth. The place offers decent accommodation and good food. Babican is a short walk away from this place.
Plymouth is a biker’s paradise. There are a number of lovely motor biking roads in the region. These are complimented by many pubs and accommodations. Plymouth and its surrounding area is one of the best places to go biking in England.
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