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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Exeter Circular via Thorverton and Killerton|
|Distance : miles (km)||17.32 (27.87)|
|Posted By||K D|
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|From Central station, head down Northernhay Street, under Iron Bridge then via Exe Street to meet Bonhay Road.
Cross road at ped crossing and continue over River Exe via Millers crossing (past big round stone thingy). Head across playing fields, under rail bridge and continue alongside more playing fields on off road route following signs for St Davids Station.
The path soon rejoins the river and then ends by the Station Road bridge.
Turn Left onto Station Road (towards Exwick), then go right at the T junction. After passing the Village Inn on the left you'll come to a mini roundabout.
Go straight on which takes you onto a quiet(ish) road out of the City towards Cowley. Follow this road for a couple of miles.
At the junction with the A377 turn left for a short section on busy main road (or cross and use footway). Take next right towards Upton Pyne after a few hundred metres. Road bears left after a bridge then uphill. Take the right towards Brampford Speak after a mile or so. A nice downhill section follows for a few miles, then bear left at the bottom before a short uphill section into Brampford Speke (you'll see the church on the right). Continue straight on through the village towards Thorverton (or stop at the tea shop and/or pub!).
1/2 mile or so after Brampford take the right fork (signposted Thorverton) and continue the gentle climb. After a short descent there is a right turn that takes you around Thorverton or carry on into the village if you prefer.
Head out of Thorverton towards Exeter and the A396 . Go past the cricket ground, across the bridge and at a small cluster of houses just past the bridge turn right onto a small lane (this is part of the Exe Valley way). Follow this hedge lined lane for a couple of miles, past farm buildings. Turn left at the T junction, then right soon after towards Rewe. At next t junction the Exe valley way goes right; instead turn left towards Rewe. Youâ€™ll meet the main road at Rewe (A396) in a few hundred metres.
Cross over the main road and follow signs towards Columbjohn. This lane goes over a railway line and crosses the river before passing the southern edge of the Killerton Estate. Carry straight on following signs to Killerton. At the next junction either turn left to get to the main entrance of Killerton House or turn right (through the woods) to head back towards Exeter.
The 4/5 miles from here back to Exeter are fairly easy to navigate but involve a series of steep climbs ! Follow this road for a few miles to reach the top of Stoke Hill (go past the turns to Huxham and Poltimore). At the junction with the Stoke Hill road, turn left and continue up the hill (ignore turn to Pinhoe). Finally the climb ends and thereâ€™s a steep descent down to the housing estates at the back of Stoke Hill. Follow the road up a short (but steep) uphill section, before reaching the roundabout by the Stoke Arms.
From here the are various ways to get back to Central Station: you can go via the city centre by going straight on at the roundabout (Old Tiverton Road) and past St Jamesâ€™ Park. From the next roundabout the 3rd exit takes you onto Sidwell Street which eventually meets the High Street (pedestrianised). Turn right onto Queen Street by Tescos / M&S to get back to the station. Alternatively you can turn right at the Stoke Hill roundabout onto Union Road (towards the Uni). Go left at the first set of lights, then right at the mini roundabout. This brings you out onto New North Road at the â€˜backâ€™ entrance to Central Station. An off road path just across the bridge takes you back to the main station entrance (where the route starts from)
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Killerton House is an NT property open to the public most of the year round. Tea room, park and gardens to explore + a new cycle track around the grounds (not included in this route). Also pubs and other local amenities in Thorverton and Brampford Speke.
|Near By Cycle Shops|
|Exeter sidwell Halfords|
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Dorset Cyclists Network|
|Okehampton Cycle Club|