It’s no surprise to local cyclists, walkers and people who love to get out and explore Devon and Dartmoor, that this part of the UK makes for great cycling. The Guardian’s article ‘Five of the best scenic bike rides in the West Country‘ by Jack Thurston covers ‘Widecombe Way‘ a cycle route that starts in nearby Bovey Tracey, and ‘The Dart Circular‘ again nearby but this time Totnes, describing the type of ride as “Devon lanes by a majestic river“. Well that can only be the River Dart. Our project team continues to pursue plans for our cycle path so that it connects to the wider network of cycling routes in Devon and one day soon we hope our route will connect up to these two wonderful Devon routes covered in national press! Here’s a link to the article – Five of the best scenic rides in the West Country | Travel | The Guardian
The project group has managed to raise the money needed to commission SUSTRANS to carry out a feasibility study for a proposed mixed-use path, enabling walkers and cyclists to travel safely between the centres of these three settlements. A key consideration of this route is to enable young people to cycle safely to and from school at South Devon Community College.
We raised £3550 by donations from:
£500 Buckfastleigh Town Council (Mayor’s Fund)
£500 Asbhurton & Buckfastleigh Hospital League of Friends
£2000 Dartmoor National Park Authority
£300 South Hams District Council
£250 South Brent Parish Council
We are very grateful to these donors for supporting this project.
The appraisal has been carried out and the final proposal should be available shortly – watch this space!