15th June 2018

A guide to the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain 2018

Have you heard? The Devon stage of the Tour of Britain 2018 will be coming to North Devon - coming right past Saunton! 

Taking place on September 3rd, the second stage of the 2018 Tour of Britain starts in Cranbrook (East Devon) and finishes in Barnstaple, via Saunton on the final leg. 

A guide to the North Devon route 

Map of the Tour of Britain 2018, Devon Stage

The Devon Stage starts in one of England’s newest towns, Cranbrook!

From 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 Barnstaple the tour will head through Bratton Fleming to Blackmoor Gate. It’ll go along the western borders of Exmoor National Park and undertake a stunning coastal route from Combe Martin to us here at Saunton.

The riders will see Ilfracombe, Georgeham, Croyde and Woolacombe, within touching distance of the beach. Coming out of Woolacombe, they’ll face Challacombe Hill with its brutal 23% incline!

Then the riders will be able to enjoy the sea views of Saunton beach as they whizz past our hotel on their way to Braunton.

Finally, racers will follow the River Taw back to Barnstaple where the finish line awaits in the centre of town.

It's quite a route and one we can only imagine being very challenging, but we wish every rider the best of luck.

Saunton Sands Accommodation

For those wishing to catch a sight of the cyclists as they whizz past, we’ve got you covered here at Saunton Sands Hotel.

Whilst there are a number of hotels in North Devon, 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 spot on the cycle 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 through, you can find time to enjoy the beach or enjoy delicious dining in our two AA Rosettes award restaurant.

In terms of booking a room, the earlier the better. We'll fill up quickly as more people travelling from outside North Devon look to come to the area, so call us now on 01271 890212 or book using the button...