Drake's Trail

Tavistock to Plymouth, Devon
Sir Francis Drake

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The Trail takes its name from numerous connections with the famous Elizabethan seafarer Sir Francis Drake and forms part of (NCN) Route 27, the ‘Devon Coast to Coast’. This is a 102 mile route between Ilfracombe in North Devon and Plymouth. Much of this route is off-road on former railway lines including the Tarka Trail and Granite Way and Devon County Council is working to increase the amount of offroad sections.

LENGTH: Yelverton to Plymouth 13 miles(21km); Yelverton to Plymbridge 9 miles(14.5km)
TIME: Depends on ages of family members and route chosen, but allow at least 4 hours and longer if walking
START/FINISH: Drake’s Trail Pay & Display car park SX518679
TERRAIN: Surfaced cycle route with some short road sections
MAPS: OS Explorer OL28 Dartmoor
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: There are regular bus services from Plymouth and Tavistock. Please note that these do not carry bikes
PARKING: Drake’s Trail Car Park, Yelverton. Pay and display – up to 4 hours £1.50; 4 hours + £2.50
REFRESHMENTS: There are a number of shops, cafes/restaurants and pubs in Yelverton, a seasonal refreshment van at Plymbridge and a café at Saltram House.

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Drake's Trail (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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