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Exeter to Crediton Cycle Route

England > Devon > Exeter
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameExeter to Crediton
Distance : miles (km)20.63  (33.20)
Posted ByKen
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationQueen Street, Exeter (Central Station)
End LocationQueen Street, Exeter (Central Station)
Cycle Steps
Follows quiet country lanes from Exeter to Crediton and back. Great views of the city, estuary and surrounding countryside.

Turn left out of Central Station and immediately right into Northernhay Street (opposite park entrance). Follow blue National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2 signs, under the Iron Bridge and down Exe Street towards Bonhay Road. Cross this road at the signalised crossing and turn right, passing the entrance to the pub car park. Almost immediately turn left , across the two bridges over the River Exe.

Take the cycle path heading away from the river signposted towards Exwick. Cross under the railway and follow the cycle path alongside the sports pitches. At the next junction bear left , signposted to Exwick, joining a minor residential road which soon meets the main road. Go straight across at this junction, heading uphill into a residential area.

Turn left at the top of the hill, then take the first right. Following the route as shown, the residential road eventualy turns into a narrow country lane. Follow this lane upto a main road. Rather than join this road, turn immediately right, signposted to Rowhorne.

Follow the route as shown , passing farmhouses and a radio mast. Continue past the left turn to Exeter and take the next right towards Crediton. Turn right again at the next junction and continue towards Crediton. The road undulates for a while, before eventually taking a steep descent into the valley.

Continue straight on at Fordton Cross, crossing the river Yeo and passing terraced houses on the right. Immediately past the level crossing, turn left. This road meets the main A377 which heads into the centre of Crediton. At the top of the hill, the road bears left, following the one way system. Take the next right signposted towards Tiverton. Turn left at the end of this one-way road. Take the next left towards Sandford, and then the next right signposted to the cemetery (Old Tiverton Road). Turn right at the T junction just past the cemetery and continue downhill, towards the main road.

Turn left towards Tiverton and after a brief section back on the main road, take the next right towards Shobrooke. Turn right at the entrance to Shobrooke Park/cricket club (no signpost).

At the 2nd cross roads, turn right towards Newton St Cyres. At the cross roads by the pub, carry straight on, passing the station entrance on your right (not across the railway bridge). Take the next right towards Winscott. Turn left at the T junction and take the next right , signposted to Upton Pyne.

Continue straight on along this road, passing an equestrian centre. At the T junction, turn right, following the road up hill through Upton Pyne. The road levels out as it leaves the village and passes the turning to Brampford Speke. There then follows a steep descent before the road bears right past the entrance to the Water works, crosses the railway and meets the A377.

Turn left onto the main road for a short distance, taking the first right turn. This road follows the western bank of the Exe as it heads back into Exeter.

Continue straight on at the mini roundabout, then take the second left. Just before the bridge turn onto the cycle path indicated by the blue cycle route signs. Follow this river side route back towards the city centre, which after a short while meets the cycle path used on the outbound route. From here retrace your steps back along the route towards the station.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Being close to the city centre there are lots of pubs/restaurants and other facilities near the start/end of the journey. The City Gate Hotel (next to iron bridge) and Mill on the Exe (by the river crossing) are 2 good examples. There are vrious pubs past on route, including in Crediton and Newton St Cyres.

Near By Cycle Shops
Exeter sidwell Halfords
Your comments?
posted by:Basil StricklandRating : difficult :
A lovely ride, most of which is on country lanes. Some stunning views at the 5 miles point, and then a lovely downhill run to Crediton. Although an inexperienced cyclist, I think the current grading of difficulty 3 is an underestimation as the 2 to 5 miles section is almost all uphill. I notice another variation on the route 'Crediton Loop is graded 6. I would have complete rebellion from my kids (at grade 3). Nevertheless a lovely ride with clear instructions which I will certainly do again. Many thanks.

posted by:DarshanRating : difficult :
An excellent route, lost my way just after the cemetery signboard though (forgot to turn right, took next right, went up the jockey hill and ended up in Snobrooke Cricket club). As it was getting dark, I came back to Exeter via A377. Nevertheless, it is an amazing ride.The road to Crediton via Rowhorne is like heaven, followed by the descent into Valley.

As Basil rightly said, the difficulty 3 is an underestimation. Had to dismount for a couple of times due to steep ascent.

Thanks for sharing the route. An absolute peach of a journey. Will try to do again, with correct route :)

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