All Aboard! Cycle-touring with kids on the Devon Coast to Coast


The Devon Coast to Coast is a 99 mile long route across England’s third largest county, from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is 70 per cent traffic free and passes through the dramatic upland landscape of Dartmoor National Park, following the course of three old railway lines. It’s an ideal route for family cycling tour and Jack and Sarah and Adam and Sarah discuss riding the route with a 3 year old, a 2 year old and an 11 month old. In addition Jack talks to some of the key players at Devon County Council who have worked to build the county’s enviable network of traffic-free walking and cycling trails.

9 thoughts on “All Aboard! Cycle-touring with kids on the Devon Coast to Coast

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! As a father of two, I have often wished to hear how others take to cycling with their children on roadworhty adventures. As always Jack, you have done a stellar job.

  2. Liked this episode. So similar to our own experience: don’t do long days, it’s as much about them as it is about you (if not more), don’t get impatient when 15 minutes after the over extended lunch break you have to stop again for a toilet break, quality time chatting (they’re a captive audience!), etc.

    One of the most frustrating things is when you stop for lunch in the middle of nowhere and spend most of the time making sure your child don’t run onto the road only to find out that 1 km later there was a playground… where you have to stop again.

    We started with the first long-ish tour when our son was 2 1/2 years old. Him on a seat and a couple of panniers: overnight ferry to St Malo – Mt St Michel – somewhere around Coburg – Dinan – St Malo (GPX to share). Very easy over a week.

    Then last year we took the plunge and went for two months to cycle around the south of Japan: wild camping and all. A wonderful experience for all of us. Children are a lot more resilient than we tend to think and they love exploring outdoors. We have to give it to them.

  3. I really enjoyed this podcast, although my kids are now 22 and 27 and so a bit old. I did take my son cycling in India (he was 21) and despite staying in some odd and sometimes sleazy places he reckoned it was one of the best holidays ever.

  4. Really enjoyable and informative podcast of the delights of cycle touring in Devon.

    I’ll be interested in your reports for rides in ‘lumpy’ east devon/west Dorset, as I live (and ride) in the area.

  5. I love to see it when families and parents don’t let their children prevent them from travelling, but rather get them involved! would love to hear some tips on cycling with children in toe… maybe you could do a show on this?

  6. Great programme that I really enjoyed. I plan to do the route soon but that area around Okehampton which you mention as pretty muddy and rough might not suit a hybrid. I would take the bike on the train like you so concerned that GWR limits bike storage.

  7. I’m sorry I’ve only just found your Podcast – but lucky for me i have catching up to do – this was the first one i found and i just happen to live in Yelverton along your route – we are rather lucky with our tracks and hills down here – i’m gradually ‘training’ my nearly 3 year old to spend longer on the bike seat – we are up to about an hour so far but am very lucky that in an hour i have multiple directions i can go.
    Maybe i should plan an overnight trip like this – migth have to build up a longer range first 🙂
    Keep up the good work.

  8. Loved this episode. Any chance of a summary of where you stayed and the distances covered reach day. We’re planning to do this with our two children next spring

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