Triathlon training in Devon

Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned Ironman athlete, Devon offers endless possibilities for triathlon and open water swim training.

Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned Ironman athlete, Devon offers endless possibilities for triathlon and open water swimming.

Located in South Devon on the picturesque Lyme Bay, Teignmouth is an ideal base - the heated open air pool on the sea front and the calm, blue waters of Lyme Bay are both ideal.

It's located at the foot of Dartmoor National Park, offering fantastic cycling opportunities, featuring some of the toughest climbs which are often used in the Tour of Britain.  

There are also some unique running opportunities along Teignmouth’s sea wall, in the National Park and on a grass running track.  

If you would like some help or advice finding the right trip, please contact our helpdesk.
Looking for a quick answer? Start a chat with the support team now.

Wide range of swim options

Open water swimmingThe first great aspect of triathlon training in Devon is the open water swimming opportunities. Swimming in Teignmouth is sheltered and safe, but will likewise provide you with great practice for racing and facing your anxieties when it comes to swimming in the sea.

You're able to walk out of the front door and onto the beach for organised, lifeguarded open water swim coaching sessions.

That means the location is ideal for beginners right through to high-level club swimmers, elite triathletes and those training for a Channel swim.

What’s more, for complete open water swimming enthusiasts, Teignmouth is home of some amazing wild swimming spots. You can visit the secret Smugglers’ beach with caves, swim through arches in the cliff face and explore the east coast of Devon from the sea. 

Longer swims follow a nutritional chat, with examples of ways to feed or hydrate, and you have the opportunity to practice your nutrition when swimming.

It all means the area lends itself to a Channel swimming training camp, for the brave few who train to swim the Channel or a long course open water event. Our Channel training weekends entail swimming for the required six-hour duration which is then recorded and can be officially signed off as a qualification swim for long distance events.

In addition, Teignmouth’s 25m outdoor lido is an ideal location for summer swimming. We use a private lane for your swim session and that allows video analysis, with feedback to help you improve your stroke.

Get on your bike

In terms of experience out on the bike, Devon as a rule is one of the best - and toughest - in the country for cycling.

The routes out of Teignmouth are incredible.  It is possible to join traffic free roads in minutes, taking the lanes through Bishopsteignton or Shaldon, and up over Haldon and onto the Moors.  

There are challenging routes for advanced cyclists, and flatter options for beginners. Taking advantage of the cycleways around the Exe Estuary gives over 50 miles of mainly flat road.

Run on track, trails or road

Running on trackThe local schools and community are supportive of triathlon training. On our training weekends you have use of the school running track for coached sessions.  In addition, the green gym provides ample opportunity for body weight strength sessions, leaving all training areas covered.

Running in Devon is second-to-none, offering both on and off-road options, as well as a diverse selection for different ability ranges.

Click here for triathlon training trips in Devon


1. Badge of honour

Becoming King or Queen of the mountains when riding to the top Haytor in Dartmoor and looking over the whole of Devon.

2. Go with the flow

Running along the seawall at Teignmouth with the waves crashing up and over you - or lapping in calmly.

3. Foodie heaven

Treating yourself to a real cream tea (jam on top) at the Beachcomber. Or eat fresh Teignmouth shellfish at the Crab Shack – a renowned Michelin star restaurant. Or other top places such as Fresco for a real Italian pizza.

4. Scenic swims

Go through the famous archways at Parson and Clerk rock in Holcombe, Devon.

5. The Teignmouth regatta

The regatta is well worth a visit - and the music festival and the Dawlish air show are amazing experiences too.


Best times to go:


Devon has lots going for it all year around.

In the winter it is far quieter and a nice place to spend Christmas and New Year.

But it's in the summer - between April and October - when it really comes into its own for outdoor activities, when the sea is warm and the sun is out.


We've brought together a selection of relevant trips chosen from our partners - select a trip for further details...