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UK Cyclist: Long-distance and leisure cycling in the South-west and elsewhere

This is a linear route, so you will have to plan your journeys accordingly.

Exeter St David's Railway Station/Wells/Durrington/Stow-on-the-Wold/Buckingham/London Marylebone Station.

Here is the calendar routesheet. Read it even if you intend to use gpx.

Here is the gpx track. Controls are waymarked.  Note that rerouting via another app will probably cock-up the route through Wells (it goes over a footpath to pass the Cathedral).

Enter via the AUK site

200k(click for map)
PDF routesheet here
Online entry here

Ride from Honiton to Lynmouth, follow the spectacular coastline past the famous Rocks and along Woody Bay. Visit the resort of Combe Martin, then return on quiet roads and lanes via South Molton and Crediton. It is also a calendar event.

Coast Roads and Coach Roads (map here)
Devon and Somerset (map here)
PDF routesheet for Coast Roads here
CR&CR GPX file
PDF routesheet for D&S here
D&S GPX file
D&S AUK member entry form
CR&CR AUK member entry form
Online entry here

These start from Honiton. They both originated as Audax UK calendar events run on the last weekend of October, the end of the audax season. Now they are available as permanent events so you can ride them when you wish. They are hilly and,as such, attract AAA points.


150k and 200k (click for map)
gps track
PDF routesheet here
Online entry here

Deviation to avoid Muchelney flood

These were devised for a newspaper article featuring cycling routes around the country. Hence the routesheet contains quite a lot of extra information about places on the way. The 150k and the 200k share a routesheet. The 200 does an extra leg out to Clevedon. The start is Lyme Regis, just over the county border in Dorset.

PDF routesheet here
Gps files here
Online entry here

The route is a simple as possible, with only five intermediate controls. It follows mostly quiet rural roads.
Starting from Honiton, it follows the old A30 through Exeter all the way to Okehampton and the Little Red Rooster cafe. Leaving the town via North St, it follows the B3217 through Exbourne, Iddesleigh and High Bickington before joining the A377 into Barnstaple and another cafe control. From Barnstaple the route heads East on old roads through Swimbridge to South Molton, then joins the B3227, the old North Devon road, to Wiveliscombe.View from the B3227 - Copyright Graham Horn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence It's a free control here, though the White Hart, on the left, is recommended. Leaving 'Wivvy' the route goes through Halse and Bishops Lydeard then over the Quantocks, through Bridgwater, and on to Cheddar. From there, heading due South on lanes across the Somerset Levels via Wedmore, Westhay and Langport, you cross the A303 to a final control near South Petherton. Finally, heading West again, you'll go through Ilminster to join the A30 through Yarcombe, and eventually the old coach road back to Honiton.


Ride a figure of eight around the East Devon countryside.

This ride starts in Exeter near the Honiton Road Park & Ride, there are small winding lanes, steady climbs and a fast final section in total covering 108km.

There are magnificent views of the River Otter to the South and the Blackdown Hills to the North. Although you are free to choose your own control points, Otterton Mill, Cold Harbour Mill and the York Inn are well worth a visit. Locations are indicated on the route sheet.

Enjoy this guided tour of East Devon.The River Otter

PDF routesheet here
Online entry here
enter via AUK here (easier for AUK members)
GPX file here

This is a challenging and scenic route that covers the SW peninsula. It is best undertaken outside the main holiday period: just before or after the school summer break are ideal times. You'll need to prepare well and carry some provisions. There is a Premier Inn at Bude which is about the right distance for a sleep stop.


200k (click for map)
PDF routesheet here
GPX file here
AUK member entry here
Online entry here

A simple route with enough climbing to keep you warm and to reward you with AAA points. It's a Tiverton start. If you ride it early in the year, weather permitting, you'll see Snowdrop Valley in full flower. Simonsbath is the halfway point and, unless you are a very cautious descender, you can make up time shortly thereafter.

PDF routesheet here
Gps files here
Online entry here

A basic 600 that runs between Leighton Buzzard and Exeter. Choose any control as a start. You might want to check that there is some kind of accommodation at around 360km from your chosen start location.

The route runs south from Leighton Buzzard, through Pangbourne to Chandler's Ford. There it turns towards Salisbury to join the A30. The next control is Sherborne. The route deviates from the A30 to run south of Yeovil. It rejoins it to run through Crewkerne, Chard, and Honiton to Exeter. From Exeter it initially follows the A38 before heading through the Somerset Levels to Wells. Before Wells there are various hotels and travel lodges that would serve for a sleep stop. From Wells the route takes you across country, through Malmesbury to Cirencester, then on to Brackley. The final leg returns to Leighton Buzzard and the finish.

300k (click for map)
PDF routesheet here
Online entry here
GPS tracks here

The routesheet start is at Honiton but you may start at any point along the route. From Honiton there is a sharp climb to the golf club, then a rolling route with glorious views across wooded valleys to Colyton. There follows a climb and descent into Lyme Regis. The route then heads due north over Windwhistle and down on to the Somerset Levels. At Axbridge there is a climb over the Mendips then slightly busier roads to Clevedon. Heading back south there is a short section of A38 before you turn towards Mark and the Levels again. After Bridgwater, the routes climbs over the Quantocks and follows lanes and B-roads to South Molton. The final leg back to Honiton is mainly rolling, with a couple of climbs.

Long-distance cycling under AUK rules is often (though inaccurately) referred to as audaxing. Mudguards are not required for any of these events. Use whatever bike suits you. If you don't want to follow a routesheet then download the GPS file. You will need to be fit and self-sufficient. Most of these events, especially the longer ones, are hard. You should be an experienced cyclist with both fitness and stamina. There is a minimum speed of 15kph for all the events of 200km and above. Don't worry about the maximum speed of 30kph, you won't get near it. Prepare your bike and yourself carefully for any of these events. If you do all the distances, you become an Exeter Wheelers Super Randonneur.

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