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The Cycle South Dartmoor project is currently in its initial phase. A proposed safe cycle route has been identified to link Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and South Brent (through Dean Prior), and the project group raised funds to commission SUSTRANS, a UK sustainable transport charity, to undertake a Feasibility Study. SUSTRANS have visited the area, examined the proposed route and produced a Feasibility Study that identifies various options to deliver a safe route. Our ‘3 Dartmoor Towns Route’ aims to connect to a network of local routes, particularly being part of a longer, more extensive National Cycle Network from Exeter all the way to Plymouth!

Click on the image below to open an Adobe PDF of Sustrans’ Feasibility Study & Final Report.👇🏻 We invite you to read through the report and appendices, and to please let us know what you think using our Contact form.

Sustrans_Ashburton to Plymouth_NCN2_Feasibility study_v1-0

The Cycle South Dartmoor project group provided feedback to SUSTRANS, which resulted in two appendices to the report.

You can view the initial suggestions and feedback made in response to the study by Cycle South Dartmoor here. One of our main concerns was that we had originally requested that the route go all the way to South Dartmoor Community College (South Dartmoor Academy), and beyond to link up with other existing routes east of Ashburton. We eventually drew up appendices to the feasibility study report.

NEXT STEPS

We look forward to the next step engaging with communities and businesses along the route to understand their needs and gain their input in order to make a safe cycle & walk route that works for as many people as possible, people of all ages and abilities. To help us with the next step, Sustrans has provided a proposal for community engagement. Click on the image below to open a PDF of Sustrans Proposal for Community Engagement.👇🏻

front cover of Sustrans proposal for community engagement along the proposed safe cycle route connecting Ashburton, Buckfastleigh & South Brent via Dean Prior
SUSTRANS PROPOSAL TO CYCLE SOUTH DARTMOOR FEBRUARY 2020

THANK YOU

The project group wishes to thank the following organisations for donating monies toward the feasibility study and the continuation of the project to the next phase:

  • Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Hospital League of Friends
  • Buckfastleigh Town Council
  • Dartmoor National Park Authority
  • South Brent Parish Council
  • South Hams District Council