With the thrill of cycling downhill with the wind in your hair, or leisurely pedalling your way round country lanes, taking in the views. North Devon and Cornwall are the ideal holiday location for safe cycling, with many of the old dis-used railway tracks having been converted into dedicated cycle ways, including the Ruby, Tarka and Camel Trails, and being the ideal way for families with children to enjoy the location.
The Old Shippon at Dunsdon Farm is the ideal location to base yourself whether cycle touring or for families who just want to take advantage of the safety, peace and quiet North Devon and Cornwall have to offer cyclists.
In addition to the holiday accommodation we provide a secure stone barn complete with cycle racks (for six cycles), and an area for storing your equipment, with the addition of cycle washing facilities nearby.
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The Ruby Country is a beautiful, tranquil, clean, unspoilt and undiscovered area in the heart of rural Devon. Enclosed by Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, Ruby Country is the ideal base for a magical, relaxing visit to the West Country. Ruby Country is part of Devon comprising many villages and hamlets surrounding the market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. With diverse heritage, culture and landscape there are many distinctive facets reflected in the high quality goods, services and activities being delivered in the area. Historically a livestock farming area, Ruby Country takes its name from the Devon Ruby Red cattle famed in the area for their resilience and association with the grazing the challenging culm grassland environment.
The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way that runs in a 180 mile figure-of-eight through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter. It is a fantastic and sustainable way to explore from the coast, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments. The Trail passes through towns such as Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe, and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.
The Camel Trail is a recreational multi use trail, providing access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. As the final leg of the Atlantic Coast Express journey from Waterloo, winding alongside the spectacular Camel Estuary, the line was immortalised in ‘Betjeman’s Cornwall’ as “the most beautiful train journey I know”.
The Camel Trail is carefully maintained, as it runs through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) the Camel Trail is run with conservation and the environment as a major consideration.
The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.
Cyclists hug the Camel Estuary from Padstow to Wadebridge before joining the route through the deeply incised and beautifully wooded Camel Valley to Bodmin. At Bodmin yet another line, one of the most historic in the country, winds its way inland to the foot of Bodmin Moor where it comes to an end near Blisland, an extraordinarily pretty moorland village.