Cyclists get new 150-mile route in Duchy
A new cycle route covering more than 150 miles of Cornish coast and countryside will be launched at the Eden Project.
The route, named Velowest, includes new sections of the National Cycle Network, notably around Launceston and in central Cornwall. The route has been developed by Cornwall Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans as part of the £6.8 million Cycle West project.
It is part of an overall tourism strategy which is designed to market Cornwall as an all-year round destination.
Simon Murray, Sustrans area manager for Cornwall, said: "This new network of signed routes through Cornwall extends the county's appeal to cyclists to be able to explore even further. The launch of two new cross-Channel cycle routes linking the South West with Normandy and Brittany has begun to draw even more cyclists from abroad, and of course we hope that they also will want to explore this new circuit in Cornwall."
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Cyclists reach the route from the existing Tour de Manche and Velodyssee itineraries and follow the National Cycle Network. The route will be launched officially at the Cornwall Tracks and Trails business expo on September 30 at the Eden Project.
Cornwall councillor Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for environment, heritage and planning, said: "Cornwall is well known for coastal activities such as surfing and beach sports, but less so for its inland activities. Most people know of the Camel Trail, but so much more exists, and we would encourage businesses to find out at the expo what Cornwall has to offer that appeals both in and outside the summer months."