Cycle or Walk Drakes Trail!
Starting off from Anderson Lane near Tiddy Brook estate in Tavistock, Drakes Trail No 27 on the National Cycle Network list takes you all the way into Plymouth mostly off road and on tarmac or hard stone path. The cycle trail opened fully around 2011-2012 but even now some parts are in the pipeline to be developed to cut down the gradients and some on road parts where it is now suitable for wheelchairs. The 21 mile route also takes you over the impressive and very high, 1,000ft (305m) long, GEM bridge built recently in 2010-11 and which offers a unique view across the Walkham Valley. The bridge itself mimics the once tall wooden viaduct bridge built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the remains of large stone lintels and bridge footings have been left for visitors to see with an information board about the area and the bridge nearby.
The route into Plymouth is a fairly easy route and off road cycle track most of the way, however one part by clearbrook takes you onto the road and downhill on the way to Plymouth, but can be a slog on the way back. There are some great scenery and tall viaducts to cross over with excellent views across Dartmoor near Yelverton, further along the track towards Plymouth you’ll find yourself in Cann Woods, a gorgeous ride along high trees and a river some 100feet below.
The cycle track is well worth a visit and ride along with stops along the way for refreshments.