Drake's Trail is a 21 mile cycling and walking route linking Tavistock with Plymouth. The trail runs along the western edge of Dartmoor through some wonderful countryside and fantastic scenery and is suitable for all ages and abilities as we have seen numerous wheelchair bound people enjoying the route too.
There are many spots along the route if you want to stop for a picnic or even a swim in the river and a few good viewing platforms as well. We’ve seen peregrine falcon chicks and even a kingfisher in the past.
At one point there is a (dimly!) lit tunnel under the road which was very wet with the water seeping through from above. This is Shaugh tunnel and it was built by Brunel. The tunnel itself curves to the left, so you cannot see right through. In case you’re wondering about the dim lighting, it is kept dim to avoid disturbing any bats that live in the tunnel. It is only lit during the day and once the lights have switched off it really is VERY dark!
This trail is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Take a drink and snack with you though as there isn’t much opportunity for refreshments enroute.