A short loop from Exeter along flowing sections of road will lead you out to the coast before heading back inland through picturesque villages and stunning countryside.
From the station head left on the main A337 then switch right. Climbing up on St David’s Hill, follow straight on through the city centre up Iron Bridge on to North Street, passing along South Street to the main intersection with Holloway Street and take the exit onto the A3015. Passing through the village of Topsham, you will cycle over a few ascents and descents en route to the village of Woodbury. From here, follow a fast, smooth road around Blackhill towards the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton.
Choose to take an additional short loop of the seafront to enjoy the pretty views before rejoining the B3178. Passing through East Budleigh keep the River Otter on your right and follow the narrow, country lanes from Stoneyford village to Clyst St Mary. Continue on towards Woodbury Salterton and navigate a small ford just outside the village of Clyst St George. Not far from here you will find yourself back on the BC179 that you used on your outbound route. Follow this road back to Exeter or swing left to complete another loop.
Start point: Exeter St Davids railway station
Grid reference: SX 91248 93310
Postcode: EX4 4NT
Total distance: 50km
Total elevation: 600m
Max elevation: 172km
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