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Route sign on NCN route 28 - not yet on OpenCycleMap

Well used cycle racks on Totnes railway station platform.

High Cross, now run by the National Trust - no cycle parking, despite being so close to the National Cycle Network's route 2

Cycle parking needed at the Dartington Hall information centre

Dartington Hall - plenty of car parking, no cycle parking, despite being so close to Totnes and linked by the National Cycle Network

Traffic-free asphalt link from NCN route 2 to High Cross (National Trust) and Dartington Hall - this should be signposted as a cycling route

Closure on asphalt link from NCN route 2 to High Cross (National Trust) and Dartington Hall - this should be signposted as a cycling route

Steep descent on National Cycle Network route 2 avoiding the Dartington Shops

Cyclist on National Cycle Network route 2 at Dartington Shops

National Cycle Network route 2 crossing main road at a basic zebra crossing

Anti-cycling school right on National Cycle Network route 2 - I assume the area's Steiner/Waldorf schools are more positive.

National Cycle Network route 2 crossing main road at a basic zebra crossing

Signs on National Cycle Network route 2 - and link north signed for cycling despite the No Cycling sign at its other end.

Signs on National Cycle Network route 2 - and link north signed for cycling despite the No Cycling sign at its other end.

asphalt path and verge for horses on the Dartington Estate

Footpath parallel to road on the Dartington Estate.

No Cycling sign on this asphalt path which the Dartington Estate map claims is part of National Cycle Network route 2.

Cycle routes on the Dartington Estate map do not (yet?) agree with reality on the ground on NCN route 2.

National Cycle Network route 3 seems to continue south here.

The Dartington Estate map indicates that National Cycle Network route 3 crosses the main road and turns left here.

This asphalted link to NCN route 2 could have been opened up for cycling too.

This asphalted link to NCN route 2 could have been opened up for cycling too.

Shared-use section of National Cycle Network route 2 heading into the fields, courtesy of the Diocese of Exeter.

Shared-use section of National Cycle Network route 2 heading into the fields, courtesy of the Diocese of Exeter.

Cyclist ignoring the off-road stretch of National Cycle Network route 2 near Dartington

Shared-use stretch of NCN route 2 at Dartington

Bike at bottom of steep steps, Dartmouth

Cycle link down to Dartmouth harbour to the right

Dead end for cars, not for cycles

No Motor Vehicles on the coastal path west from Dartmouth - a dead end for cyclists too, as it happens.

The Dartmouth foot ferry - bikes carried free, but not exactly cycle-friendly

The Dartmouth foot ferry - bikes carried free, but not exactly cycle-friendly

Confusing for some - the left-hand lane turns right, while the right-hand lane is the queue for the ferry ahead - cycles of course can use the left-hand lane to go straight to the head of the queue.

Dartmouth Higher Ferry - 50p for pedestrians and cyclists

Bike lockers at Totnes station

To the left the Dart Valley Trail (NCN route 2), to the right the bridge to the Dart Valley Railway's station

Access to King Edward VI College, Totnes, from the Dart Valley Trail (NCN 2)

The Dart Valley Trail (NCN 2) entering Totnes by the Dart

Route sign on the Totes-Dartington Access for All path (NCN 2/Dart Valley Trail)

Start of the Totnes-Dartington Access for All Path

Map of Totnes and Dartmoor cycle route

Cyclists on NCN route 2 should push their bikes through the Cider Press Centre, Dartington - cars and delivery vans do actually pose a danger but no-one expects their drivers to get out and push.

Wheelbender parking, and not enough of it, at the Cider Press Centre, Dartington

Push your bikes on the Dart Valley Trail through the Cider Press Centre, Dartington

The Dart Valley Trail swings left through the car park

The Dart Valley Trail avoids the busy road by a wooden footbridge.

The Dart Valley Trail from Totnes to Dartington

Dart Valley Trail briefly joining the Dartington estate road

A rare riverside section of the Dart Valley Trail

The Dart Valley Trail arriving at Totnes station car park.

A pleasant surprise on the Dart Valley Trail - a cycle route using a zebra crossing, without any Dismount signs.

A typically British mess on the Dart Valley Trail - End of Cycle Route sign, 90 degrees right, 90 degrees left, two-stage crossing, 90 degrees left, 90 degrees right, remount and proceed....

Dart Valley Trail leaving Totnes to the north

Proper pedestrianisation (with cycling, of course) is needed in Totnes - there's no real footway at all on the left.

Splendid new extension to the college in central Totnes - with absolutely no cycle parking.

It's not at all clear that NCN route 2, to the right, also goes to the centre of Totnes.

Cones and signs around a hole in the Dart Valley Trail

Cycle track leaving the estate road to enter Totnes.

Entering the Sharpham Estate on the Dart Valley Trail

A nice easy gradient on the Dart Valley Trail, south of Totnes.

A nice easy gradient on the Dart Valley Trail, south of Totnes.

Too many awkward gates on the Dart Valley Trail, south of Totnes

Start of the paved section of the Dart valley Trail, south of Totnes.

This is route 2 of the so-called National Cycle Network. If I was trying to use it for a long-distance tour, carrying camping gear and so on, I'd be pretty unimpressed.

'Cyclists Dismount And Walk Your Bikes Through The Woods' - this is route 2 of the so-called National Cycle Network. If I was trying to use it for a long-distance tour I'd be pretty unimpressed.

Pretty poor surface for the National Cycle Network's route 2 (and it gets worse).

The Dart Valley Trail (NCN route 2) forking left at the entry to Sharpham Vineyard (alas)

Signage on the Dart Valley Trail in Ashprington

Signage on the Dart Valley Trail south of Totnes

Yellow box markings to stop vehicles queueing for the Lower Ferry from totally blocking up the centre of Dartmouth

The coastal path to Kingswear (alongside the steam railway) could make a nice cycle route.

Higher Ferry, Kingswear to Dartmouth - service suspended due to a low spring tide.

The National Trust has a sustainable travel policy at its Greenway property (Agatha Christie's former summer home), with car parking only by reservation - a shame there isn't better cycle parking though.

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