Outdoors

Ivybridge is lucky to have lots of amazing countryside to enjoy, here are a few ideas...

Walking

As well as the Two Moors Way, Ivybridge is ideally located for a variety of walks, providing the opportunity to enjoy moorland, countryside, woodland, riverside and coastal scenery.

Moorland Guides offer organised walks on Dartmoor, both locally and further afield. They also organise the annual Dartmoor Walking Festival, usually in August and September.

The Erme Valley trail leads south to Ermington (3 miles away) and then links with the Erme Plym Trail continuing to the coast at Wembury and finishing in the centre of Plymouth (10 miles with a spur to Wembury).

The beautiful South West Coast Path can easily be accessed within approximately 20 minutes by car from Ivybridge. This long distance walking route stretches for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset, passing through the stunning coastal scenery of the South Hams of Devon. Whether you are looking for a short stroll or a few days of hiking in breath-taking scenery Ivybridge can provide a perfect base.

Shorter strolls, from 2-6 miles (1.5-3.5 hours approx.) taking in the town, Longtimber Woods, Henlake Down and Western Beacon are detailed in the circular ‘Self guided walks around Ivybridge’, available to purchase from the Information Desk (£2.50 for all 4 trails).

The Information Desk in The Watermark stocks a range of local walking and cycling maps and books to inspire.

Cycling

Devon offers a great variety of cycling, ranging from safe, easy family rides to challenging moorland routes, offering some breath taking scenery.

Ivybridge is ideally situated to explore countryside and moorland trails and with the only main line train station on Dartmoor its easy to cycle to your destination and enjoy a scenic train journey back.

The challenging Dartmoor Way Cycle Route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads and uses traffic-free cycle tracks wherever possible.

In addition to the main circular route, there is a 27 mile-long High Moorland link. This allows you to follow a 'figure of eight' route, or alternatively enjoy the shorter South Dartmoor Loop via Buckfastleigh, Princetown and Tavistock, 52 miles

The Puffing Billy Track mountain bike trail from Ivybridge-Redlake is a 16 mile trail into the heart of Dartmoor. You can hire bikes, including electric bikes, from Puffing Billy Cycles at Wrangaton if you need one.

NCN (Sustrans National Cycle Network) route 2 passes through the town to Plymouth (20 miles) return or train back and is a mix of country lanes, main roads, and National Trust parkland. Or in the other direction follow it to Totnes (21 miles) return or train back

Nearby is the Drakes Trail Plymouth to Tavistock route which is family friendly, with a gentle gradient, 42 miles return in total but shorter linear sections possible. It then continues onto the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle route to Ilfracombe.

Burrator Reservoir in the heart of the National Park offers a choice of rides for all abilities and distances