Mountain Biking Tamar Trails Tavistock Plymouth

25 km of dedicated off-road mountain biking trails to entice families and committed bikers alike. This is a great venue for mountain biking in the Tamar Valley, attracting novices and committed mountain bikers from all over Devon and Cornwall.

There are various trails for cyclists to choose from depending on requirements and ability. Consisting in the most part of gentle, compacted stone tracks with a few steeper gradients, much of the terrain is perfectly suited to mixed ability groups and families, with a few options for longer and more challenging rides. What’s more, the trails are free to use and open all year round.

The best option for families with younger children and first time mountain bikers is the Mineral Railway Trail, which heads north from the Tamar Trails Centre for 2km or south for 3km. The trail journeys through tranquil woodland along parts of the old mineral railway that once linked Devon Great Consols Mine with Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar. It is generally a level, wide track with some short steeper sections, and kids will love hopping off to learn more about the mining heritage at the Old Mine Office.

For a more adventurous ride, try the Wheal Maria Trail. This track has a number of steep descents and climbs, passing through woodland with spectacular views across the Tamar Valley. Take the Mineral Railway Trail 2km north (20-30 minutes cycling) from the Tamar Trails Centre to join this circuit.

We also offer bike hire, perfect if you’re visiting Devon and Cornwall on holiday or just fancy giving it a try. There are even helmets and bikes with tag-along units and trailers for children.

Then when you’ve worked up a sweat (or just an appetite), stop in at the Beech Tree Café at the Tamar Trails Centre for a drink and something to eat.

The trails are free to use and open all year round. There is a parking fee of £2 for the day, and free after 6pm.

For your own safety, we advise that you wear appropriate clothing, including a helmet. High visibility clothing is also useful as you will be sharing the trails with other users including walkers, runners and horse riders. You’ll be riding on stone and gravel tracks.

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    The Beech Cafe is open every day from 10am, except Mondays.

    The Trails are open every day, dawn till dusk throughout the year.

    Tree Surfers activities, bike hire and tramper hire are now closed until February 2018. It will then be open at February half term and then every weekend and every school holiday, until November 2018.

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