A stunning road-based cycle route crossing the western
The new route roughly parallels the existing Pacific coast ride, creating one huge loop and a range of shorter options. A set of five maps showing the route is available. For information on this and all their other routes criss-crossing the United States, see www.adventurecycling.org, which also has details of a new fundraising effort.
The Chilterns Cycleway, a new 170-mile on-road cycle route using parts of existing routes, is to be launched next month. Celebrations will include a cycle relay, with the whole route being ridden in a couple of hours by groups covering different sections but starting at the same time.
Mostly on quiet lanes and within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the route passes Luton, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Henley, Chesham and Berkhamsted. It will be signposted, and a guide book and leaflets are being developed. Launch date is Friday 18 June.
£2.25 million from the Department of Transport via Cycling England is being used to fund the Pedal Peak District project. A website – www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk – has been developed that contains “information, support and incentives” to cycle, but the bulk of the money is being spent on a new cycle route from Bakewell to Buxton. This is no mean feat as it involves the re-opening of four former railway tunnels closed since the 1960s.
The official opening of the Way of the Roses cross-country route between Morecambe and Bridlington has been put back to September, although at least parts of it may be available before then – a Morecambe to Settle guided ride is planned for 10 July.
Another cross-country route, the Trans Pennine Trail between
Two years ago, the Sustrans Connect2 project won £50 million for 79 schemes which would improve cycling and walking networks by providing links such as new paths and crossings of roads, rivers and railways. Some of these are now starting to come to fruition.
This year has seen the installation of the Pont Y Werin (People’s Bridge) over the River Ely to link
There are two new guides from Vertebrate Graphics with Ordnance Survey mapping and superb photography. Cotswolds Mountain Biking (ISBN 9781906148140, £14.95) contains 20 rides from 14-77km which take in perfect villages and rolling countryside in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Tiny Campsites (ISBN 9781906889067, £10.95) is a list of 75 campsites in
All of these titles are available from www.cordee.co.uk.