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.
Sunday 4th September 2016 at 9.00am (Plymouth)Book Now
You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging ride. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
Sunday 11th September 2016 at 10.00am (Plymouth)Book Now
Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding? Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.
Sunday 25th September 2016 at 9.30am (Plymouth)Book Now
If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
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:
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 RUracingtoday@virginmedia.com
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.
Cycle Parking 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.
Cycle shops 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.
Don’t leave home without... 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.