Dartmoor Electric Bicycles
Higher Hannaford Poundsgate Newton Abbot Devon TQ13 7NX
Like most places, the best way to explore Devon, and especially Dartmoor, is to dump the car and either walk or get out on your bike But Dartmoor is hilly, which isn't to everyone's taste, so the guys at Dartmoor Electric Bikes had the bright idea of making this more palatable by importing a bunch of electric bikes from Switzerland – bikes that have a small electric motor that kicks in when the going gets a bit tough. Basically this means that you can cover more ground and see more, and most importantly not be put off by the wildness of the terrain while still being out in the open and getting the exercise that only cycling can give you. They focus on bike tours rather than bike hire (though you can rent one if you are staying at their rental property – see below), from half-day trips requiring various levels of ability and fitness, to themed tours searching out birds and sunsets, to short breaks, staying over for a night or two in a yurt or shepherds hut – indeed the same people also run the lovely Highdart cottage and yurt accommodation so it's easy to combine a longer stay with a spot of cycle touring.