Tour of Britain 2018: Devon Stage
A guide to the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain 2018
Taking place on September 3rd, the second stage of the 2018 Tour of Britain starts in Cranbrook (East Devon) and finishes in Barnstaple.
The Devon stage will be a challenging one for the cyclists, as they will have to tackle 108 miles of rolling countryside, Exmoor ruggedness and the unforgiving hills along the coast.
Yet it will also be rewarding, as the views of the countryside, moors, beaches and the sea will give the cyclists spectacular sights to enjoy.
This will be the 10th visit to Devon in the past 12 years, and 2018 will be the second time Barnstaple has hosted the race - but there are some new challenges awaiting the riders.
Map of the Tour of Britain 2018, Devon Stage
The Devon Stage starts in one of England’s newest towns. Cranbrook is still developing and growing, but as it’s found just to the east of Exeter, it’s the ideal place to start the stage.
From Cranbrook the route goes to Honiton via Chineway Hill, before travelling north then east to Tiverton. It’ll then run parallel with the North Devon Link Road until it reaches the outskirts of Barnstaple.
In South Molton, history will be made as the Tour of Britain route travels through a building for the first time - the Victorian Pannier Market!
After passing through Barnstaple the tour will head along the twisty countryside roads through Bratton Fleming to reach Blackmoor Gate. It’ll skim along the western borders of Exmoor National Park and undertake a stunning route through Combe Martin.
The riders will then go through the North Devon Biosphere Reserve and will embrace the sea-view coastal roads of Ilfracombe to Woolacombe - within touching distance of the beach. Coming out of Woolacombe, they’ll face Challacombe Hill with its brutal 23% incline!
Next, they'll go to Georgeham and Croyde before reaching Saunton Sands and Braunton.
Finally, racers will follow the River Taw back to Barnstaple where the finish line awaits in the centre of town.
Sprints will take place in Honiton, Tiverton and Landkey, and the King of the Mountain stages occur at Chineway (Ottery St Mary), Longdrag (Tiverton) and of course at Challacombe Hill which will be a real test for the riders!
How and where to get accommodation for seeing the Tour of Britain 2018 Devon Stage?
For those wishing to catch a sight of the cyclists as they whizz past, we’ve got you covered here at Brend Hotels.
Not far from the starting point of Cranbrook you’ll find our very own Devon Hotel. Usually a place to stay just outside Exeter city centre for a business or shopping trip, the hotel will be the ideal location to spend a night for those who want to be there at the start of it all.
Then, in North Devon, we have The Royal Hotel in Bideford. Just 20 minutes away from Barnstaple, The Royal is the place to stay for those hoping to nip in and out of town on the 3rd September 2018 to see the action.
Saunton Sands Hotel is perhaps one of the best places to see the race. Overlooking the golden sands and the sea below, the hotel is on the route. Meaning guests will be able to simply leave the hotel entrance and be on the course that passes the beach. Once the racers have whizzed passed, it’ll be time to enjoy the beach or enjoy fine dining in their two AA Rosettes award restaurant.
Then there’s our selection of hotels in Barnstaple itself. The Barnstaple Hotel, The Park Hotel, The Imperial Hotel and the Royal & Fortescue Hotel are all within walking distance of where the route will first pass through Barnstaple and are within touching distance of The Strand, where the finish line will be waiting!
Simply visit their websites and search for your rooms using their booking systems, or call the hotels directly.