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Inspiration for cyclists and walkers

Planning a visit to cycle in the National Parks and AONBs of south west England has become a whole lot easier thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England. The Adventure Cycle Map was launched by world class cyclist Andrei Burton at Princetown, Dartmoor. This new interactive map contains cycle legal off-road routes all over the south west of England, including both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you. Dave Dixon of South West Protected Landscapes has brought the project to fruition, working with the 1 South West Cycling Project.  Dave said, "Cycling is a great way for people to get out and enjoy the south west’s breathing spaces and has a broad appeal. This online mapping allows us to provide lots of information such as photos and video, enabling people to choose trails that will suit their cycling ability. We want to help people have a great day out and keep coming back by providing information that helps them plan their trip with confidence." Bicycle shops, hire outlets and clubs can all be found on the map and cycle-friendly accommodation will be shown on the map soon. The information shown is of use to people planning horse-riding or walking trips as well as those planning to cycle. To encourage responsible use of trails, National Park and AONB staff can attach information to each individual trail such as indicating if a trail is prone to erosion in wet ground conditions or trails that will be busy and best avoided at peak visitor times. Visit www.1sw.org.uk and click on a link to the interactive map. South West Protected Landscapes is the umbrella body for the 2 National Parks and 12 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across the south west.  These protected areas cover 37% of the south west.  South West Protected Landscapes provides a bridge between the separately-run protected landscape areas to assist and encourage them with sharing of knowledge and experience, promotion of learning, development of skills, co-ordination, joint working, strategic planning and promotion.  Visit www.southwestprotectedlandscapes.org.uk (external link, opens new window). Photo credit: Tolomea

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