Devon heaven

Bril­liant roads and cakes... Devon de­liv­ers the goods

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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

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