Sutton Harbour is an increasingly popular destination for cyclists with its stunning waterfront, amazing views and easy to manage cycle paths around the harbour and into the city of Plymouth and further afield, on top of a growing cycling support infrastructure based here.
The Sustrans National Cycle Network routes across Devon run through the city, over the Sutton Harbour lock gates and along the beautiful coastline surrounding Plymouth. Route 27 is the Coast to Coast route from Barnstaple on the North Devon coast journeying south to Plymouth, and Route 2 will take you to the charming South Devon town of Totnes on the River Dart. Both of these can be joined in Sutton Harbour, with stretches running along the waterfront.
A popular cycle route suitable for all ages is the Plymbridge Woods Family Cycle Trail, which you can start from Sutton Harbour. The trail makes use of level, traffic-free former railway lines, crossing the newly re-opened Laira bridge and stretching through the Saltram National Trust Estate and along the old trackbed toward Dartmoor and the village of Clearbrook.
Water taxis can take you and your bike to Mountbatten (the former RAF seaplane base) as well as to Cornwall. See our Boat Trips in Sutton Harbour section for more.
Locals will already know the not-to-be-missed delights of cycling on Dartmoor; attracting events including the Tour of Britain, the on and off road challenges of cycling through the stunning surroundings of the moors are widely recognised.
Many cycle routes into Dartmoor start with a level warm-up from Sutton Harbour and cycling clubs in Plymouth and the surrounding area often use the harbour as a meeting point before a trek.
Whether you are serious long distance rider looking for a challenge (such as the Plymouth Gran Fondo), or a less arduous charitable event (many are organised by St Luke’s Hospice which has a shop by Sutton Harbour) like the Plymouth Skyride, your two-wheeled adventures will find an unbeatable base in Plymouth.
Rockets and Rascals is based on The Parade in Sutton Harbour and this welcoming cycle shop services, repairs and sells bikes and accessories – as well as offering cycle hire with sizes and styles available for all ages, including small bike trailers to carry young children or accompanying pets.
Don’t forget to sign up for a Sutton Harbour Experience Card and ask for the discount that it offers.
Rockets and Rascals is also a popular cafe, and the perfect place for a rider to refuel with a variety of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea treats on offer – along with cycling magazines to browse through and fellow cyclists to chat to.
Sutton Harbour is awash with places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat before or after a ride – see our Food & Drink section for ideas, and for those setting off early, Boston Tea Party in Exchange Street opens from 7:30am.
You can also park your car in our short or long stay car parks, making Sutton Harbour the perfect meeting place.