Situated on SylvanVale Wine Estate, only 6 km from Stellenbosch, in the heart of Devon Valley, lies the Devon Valley Hotel where all three trials (Mountain Route, Vintners’ Route and Devon Valley route) start. From town take the R310, Adam Tas, towards Cape Town and turn right into Devon Valley Road.

Follow the road all the way for 5km, past the white pillars of Protea Heights on the right, Devon Valley Hotel main entrance will be on your right (make sure not to take the deliveries turn off). Use the parking area behind the hotel.

Obtain a permit and map from the reception at the hotel for R25,00. Keep permit on you at all times.

From the parking area behind the hotel cycle towards the exit gate and turn left at the exit. A short steep cycle towards the hill will lead you to the markers (three different colours). The Devon Valley Route is marked in Orange.

Circular Route.

10.4 km

1 ½ hours

Fair, Hilly

Meticulously kept vineyards set against the backdrop of the magnificent Stellenbosch Mountains. Spectaculars views of both sides of The Devon Valley and parts of Stellenbosch. Linger at Middelvlei, a wine estate steeped in history of wine-making pioneers.

Take With
You will need the following:
puncture kit
spare tube

permit – with you at all times
refreshments and water
cell phone

Please Note:
follow the orange makers at all time, there will be one at every cross road, retrace to previous marker if you think you are on the wrong path do not remove or pick plants do not pick grapes, it’s wine grapes – not table grapes, wait until it’s bottled!

The route starts with a fairly steep climb, followed by a gentle decline all along a vineyard on your right-hand side until you have to pass through a “one person” gateway onto Protea Heights, a working Protea farm. Follow the tar road for approx. 100 metre’s, turn right (look out for the orange marker) and start a gentle climb. The trail slopes down and then a series of hills that leads you to the highest point of the route, with magnificent views of Devon Valley and areas of Stellenbosch all along offering lots of photo opportunities.
Close to the halfway mark the route passes Middelvlei Wine Estate on the right (the lowest point on the route) and well worth a stop for an ice cold water or cold-drink. From here the route starts with a gentle incline, pass some dams with lots of Blue Water Lilies and well kept vineyards all around you. There is a steady climb from Middelvlei, through wine farms, returning to Protea Heights and ending at the hotel.

Contact Details

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