Princetown Railway traffic-free cycle route

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.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Flat)
Refreshment stops: ⭐
Barriers: ⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

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.

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See also  Crab & Winkle Way traffic-free cycle route


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

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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.

More Routes

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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).

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