Brilliant roads and cakes... Devon delivers the goods
While many flock to Newquay for its surf and beaches, Croyde Bay is in many ways a far better location. Further up the west coast than Newquay, Croyde is one of a series of beaches that includes Saunton Sands and Woolacombe and is a friendly spot to start a ride.
There are loads of campsites in the area, so this route can easily be worked into a weekend away. Riding from Croyde to Barnstaple on the A361 can be tricky as traffic is heavy during tourist season, however once you get onto the A39, overtaking is a bit easier.
Off the A39 you have several spots to explore, including the only place in the UK with an exclamation mark after its name, Westward Ho! However, many opt to wander around Clovelly, it costs £6.95 to get in (£4.35 for kids), but the village is interesting and the café is good. Next to Clovelly, and still on the A39, is Hartland Quay, which is a brilliant lunch stop although the road down to the pub is a touch intimidating! Imagine racing up here, as they do every year for hill climbs. Check out the National Hill Climb association website (www.nhca.co.uk) for details.
Getting clear of the tourist traffic on the A39 and heading inland on the A3072 the roads get narrow as you cut back up towards Bideford. This is the area of North Devon that few explore so take your time and search out some of the quirkier treats that this region has to offer. From the Gnome Reserve to The Big Sheep, this part of Devon has it all.
You could stop off at the Gnome Reserve but we’d stick to the great roads