About Us

The Granite Way Cycle hire shop is at the start of the Granite Way trail at Okehampton Station. With a fleet of over 80 bikes we provide cycle hire for large groups as well as individuals.  We also offer guided tours on Dartmoor, Abbeyford Woods or the Granite Way trail to Lydford and Tavistock, booking well in advance of arrival.  There are two large car parks at the Youth Hostel and coach parking is possible at the station next door and with easy access to A30, we are convenient for groups looking for a activity session (full day/half day). We also have an electric car charging point for visitors to recharge their cars whilst you are out riding the trail.

We have been operating the cycle shop at YHA Okehampton for over 20 years, mostly using Giant Bikes (Mountain Bikes) and Bobbin Bikes (Traditional Bikes) and our latest addition are two Giant Electric bikes.  The hire shop is open daily from March to October. Out of season, call at the YHA reception and we will organise a hire bike for you.

Many customers returning each year to try out our latest bikes, as each season we have the newest selection from Giant to add to our fleet.

If you are a school or tour group you can book through our partner company Adventure Okehampton and enjoy a guided Moorland ride with one of our team of instructors.

 

 

How to get here

By Road

Klondyke Road, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1EW
We suggest you do not use your sat nav (GPS) until you get to the centre of Okehampton town. From the A30 exits for Okehampton, please follow the brown signs for the "Station, Walking Centre and Youth Hostel".  These will take you onto Station Road, after 400m turn left at memorial and take this road to the station, continuing under the railway bridge and immediately after turn left (sign posted Youth Hostel).

The cycle shop is next to the rear car park beyond the youth hostel.

By bus

There are regular services to the town centre from Exeter, Bude and Tavistock. On arriving in town centre, take road between Natwest and White Hart Hotel towards Simmons Park, after 100m turn right up Station Road, after 400m turn left at memorial and take this road to the station, continuing under the railway bridge and immediately after turn left (sign posted Youth Hostel).

By train

There are regular Sunday services to the Okehampton Station from Exeter St Davids, with connecting services to Dawlish, Exmouth, Barnstaple and Plymouth. On arriving at the station, the cycle hire shop is immediately adjacent to the station at the Youth Hostel. This gives you a car-free day out on Dartmoor.

Explore the Granite Way

The Cycle Trail is 11 miles long following the old Okehampton-Plymouth railway line.  The trail is mainly surfaced providing an easy ride for novices, from a family perspective it's mostly traffic free.  It is a suitable cycle trail for all abilities with clear open views of the surrounding countryside. The trail starts close to the Youth Hostel and Okehamptom and finishes in Lydford.  Along the way, you get views of Okehampton's medieval castle, then approach the iconic Meldon Viaduct, a scheduled ancient monument, one of two similar viaducts in the UK, and one of few curved bridges. You can head up to Meldon Reservoir, a small deviation off route at the end of the viaduct, or drop down to the woods and see the bluebells. Continuing west you reach Sourton Village, and the victorian ice-works (earthworks) are a small deviation up from the trail.  After Sourton, the trail continues along the edge of Dartmoor offering views to the NW tors, until you reach the stone built Lake Viaduct. An optional stop off at Bearslake Inn, about 150m off the trail) provides a option for Cream-Tea or pub lunch.  The final leg of the journey takes you to Lydford, where you can see a church and Lydford Prison, dating to the 12th century. There are several eating options at Lydford, the Castle Inn for a refreshment or head to Lydford Gorge tea-rooms (National Trust). Then saddle-up for your return journey and you'll notice things that you didn't see on your ride out! Whatever your interests, cycling the Granite Way offers the perfect day out on Dartmoor and is suitable for all abilities. 

For more information visit: Granite Way Trail Information

 

Exploring out and about - Granite Way Landmarks

Okehampton Castle

Okehampton Castle

The medieval motte and bailey Okehampton Castle, built between 1068 and 1086, once home to the Earls of Devon the de Coutnays. It was also fought over during the Wars of the Roses

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Meldon Dam

The long view towards the Meldon Dam which holds back the Meldon reservoir, a great place to explore the teeming local wildlife. All year round Facilities: Disabled Access, Dogs Allowed and Toilets on site.

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Lydford Castle

Lydford Castle was once known as “ The most annoyous, contagious and detestable place within this realm” During its time as a prison, making it a ‘must see’ on the route