Nun’s Cross Trail cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐
Nun’s Cross Trail runs from Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator to Princetown, 4.5 miles away. It is graded as a Red route, because there is a stretch where you’ll be riding uphill, over loose rocks, some of which are the size of bowling balls.
This route can be combined with the Princetown Railway for a 12.5 loop, starting and ending in Princetown.
Surface of Nun’s Cross Trail
The surface varies considerably. In places it is quite firm, though unsealed. In other places, it can be surprisingly sandy, and for a significant stretch it is full of loose rocks.
Along much of the route the surface can be quite loose.
You’ll need a gravel bike, a sturdy hybrid or ideally a mountain bike.
There are toilets available in Princetown only.
Refreshment stops: ⭐
Points of Interest
The route passes very close to Crazywell Pool (do read about the legend!) and takes its name from Nun’s Cross Farm, which it passes close to.
Routes in Devon
- The Exe Estuary cycle route to Exmouth
- Nun’s Cross Trail cycle route
- Princetown Railway traffic-free cycle route
- Saltram Loop traffic-free cycle route
- DayCycle – Tarka Trail
- The Granite Way
- DayCycle – A Redlake adventure
- DayCycle – Grand Western Canal – a stunning, flat & traffic-free 15 mile route
- DayCycle – Newton Abbott to Moretonhampstead
- DayCycle – Dawlish to Exeter St Davids, 14 miles, mainly flat
- DayCycle – Drake’s Trail
There are no barriers along the route, but there is a single gate, just as you enter Princetown.
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Forecast for Nun’s Cross Trail
What Nun’s Cross Trail looks like
Getting to Nun’s Cross Trail
Sadly, your only options of getting there is to either cycle there, or drive there. Parking is free by Norsworthy Bridge, and there’s a pay and display car park in Princetown, as well as free on-road parking in places.
DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).