Princetown Railway cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐
The Princetown Railway used to run from Plymouth to Princetown. The route that’s described here starts in Princetown and heads to Burrator Reservoir. It is possible to make it an almost entirely traffic-free loop by combining it with the Nun’s Cross Trail, from Burrator to Princetown.
This is a Green route, meaning it’s easy to cycle. In fact, from Princetown, for the first 5 miles, the route is even suitable for young children.
Surface on the Princetown Railway
The surface can be a tad bumpy, as you’d expect from a gravel route. In places, after wet weather, it can be muddy, and in parts the track is overgrown with grass, and can be slippery.
You will need a gravel bike, a good hybrid, or a mountain bike.
There are toilets in Princetown only.
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Flat)
Refreshment stops: ⭐
Points of Interest
The route passes the quarry where the granite for London Bridge came from, and there are still two granite corbels, perfectly carved, lying quite close to the the trail.
Routes in Devon
- Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton
- 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 – Stover Trail & Wray Valley Trail
- DayCycle – Dawlish to Exeter St Davids, 14 miles, mainly flat
- DayCycle – Drake’s Trail
There are styles along the route and you will have to lift your bike over.
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Forecast for the Princetown Railway
What the Princetown Railway looks like
Getting to the Princetown Railway
Given that the route follows the now-disused railway line, it stands to reason that Princetown no longer has a rail link. The only way of getting there is to cycle, or to drive.
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).