Cycling in Plymouth
Plymouth is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.
Find out more about rides coming up in Plymouth here, and see the tabs below for other cycling opportunities.
Registration for Sky Ride Plymouth 2014 will be opening very soon, so please keep posted.
Big bike rides
Big traffic-free rides for all abilities
Guided bike rides
Organised rides supported by British Cycling Ride Leaders
Buddy bike rides
Rides organised by our social network for cyclists
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British Cycling can help you find a club that’s right for you. Check out the club finder to find a club near you. There are some great cycling clubs in Plymouth who will be happy for you to come along and ride with them, including:
Plymouth Corinthian Cycling Club
Contact: Rob Scott
Gawton Gravity Hub
Specialist club for downhill mountain biking.
Contact: Dartmoor Cycles
Plymouth Cycling Campaign
Organise events and cycling activities, particularly focussing on those groups who would like to cycle more. Also hold regular open meetings with other clubs, bodies and individuals interested in cycling.
Contact: Stuart Mee
RU Training Today (Go-Ride Accredited)
Club focused on supporting people of all ages and levels in pursuing their cycling expectations. Helping and guiding young talented riders into Plymouths only Elite Cycling Racing Team.
Contact: Judith Smith
A cycle club for all the family.
Contact: Lance Chatfield
Plymouth is a great place to cycle and the city's open spaces and coastal routes, combined with National Cycle Network Routes, mean that Plymouth commuters have a range of traffic free route options to choose from.
Cycle route provision
Plymouth stands near the intersection of two National Cycle Network routes – NCN2 and NCN27. The two routes meet at Underwood to the east of the city where NCN2 ends, with NCN27 running around the waterfront from Cattledown to Devonport.
The Plym Valley trail is a fine leisure route, offering 29 kilometres of traffic-free riding from Laira Bridge to Clearbrook.
In 2009, Plymouth Council, CTC, the University of Plymouth, Plymouth Cycle Forum and Velo Club Plymouth came together to develop the Strategic Cycle Network, a network of graded routes; purple routes aimed at experienced cyclists and green routes for the less experienced. The SCN network map can be found here.
Plymouth Council also produces a city map detailing recommended routes, cycle lanes and traffic-free routes. There’s also a great city centre map, further detailing cycle routes and cycling restrictions in the heart of the city.
There are 24 separate parking locations in Plymouth city centre, the majority in the main Armada Way, New George street area, with more parking near the University and the railway station.
Cycling and trains
Plymouth railway station has dedicated cycle parking and commuters can take their bikes on local services for free.
Cogs at Drake’s Circus is Plymouth’s most central bike shop. Certini is at House of Fraser on Royal Parade and Halfords is also centrally located on Cornwall Street. Plymouth’s cycle map has a full list of local bike shops and locations.
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Plymouth Council’s citywide cycle map is a great way of planning your route into town from the outskirts, utilising recommended routes, greenspaces and traffic-free paths.
Plymouth Council’s Cycling Pages – for a wealth of information, maps and advice
Open Cycle Map – Plymouth – detailing routes and cycle shops in the area
Plymouth Cycling Campaign – founded in 2010, "the voice of cyclists in Plymouth"
Do you want to get out and about in Plymouth? Going by bicycle is quick, easy, cheap, good for you and fun! Plymouth City Council offers free cycle training to anyone who lives, works or studies in Plymouth.
Bikeability for children and young people
Cycle training is now available for most year six students through their schools, supported by funding that Plymouth City Council has secured from the Department for Transport. Please contact your child's school in the first instance if your child is a year six pupil. If your child is older, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01752 550729 to arrange free training.
On road training for adults
If you want to be able to commute to work by bike, nip to the shops, ride with your kids to school, get fitter or just go out for a ride for fun, we can offer you cycle training to improve your bike handling skills and boost your confidence on the roads. For more details contact Brett Nicolle by emailing email@example.com or call 01752 307704. Download the training flyer (http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/freeadultcycletraining.pdf).
Free training is also offered for all Plymouth residents and can also be organised for employers' staff and clients of other agencies – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01752 550729.
Bike It Plus
Bike It Plus is a brand new project. It aims to increase the number of children (and parents and staff too) cycling, walking and scooting to school. If you think your child's school would benefit from taking part, just ask their teacher to contact Ryan Evans by emailing email@example.com or call 01752 307758 for more information.
Where to ride
Plymouth is a great place to cycle. With some gorgeous on- and off-road routes, friendly clubs and lots of support for commuter cyclists, it’s a great place to enjoy getting around by bike.
Plymouth is well positioned on a crossroads of the National Cycle Network routes 27 and 2, and has cycling links nationally and internationally to Brittany and Northern Spain. There are a number of rides that can be started in Plymouth, either as day trips or as the start of something longer.
From Millbay Docks via the Hoe, follow the National Cycle Route 27 signs and you'll end up in Barnstaple using the Sustrans Coast to Coast route.
The Plym Valley path starting at Laira Bridge and finishing at Clearbrook provides excellent traffic-free cycling. Suitable for all ages, this makes a gentle round trip of about 29 kilometres. Other options are a circular route around the Rame peninsula using the Cremyll and Torpoint Ferries, or using the railway station to access the countryside along the Tamar Valley.