An extra 100 miles of cycle paths is to be developed between Abergavenny and the Carmarthenshire coast. A further £7.6 million of funding brings to £16m the total amount to be spent on the cycling and walking network in the
Pedestrian and cycle bridges have opened between Mile End Park and Meath Gardens over the Regent’s Canal, on the Wandle Trail in Ravensbury Park and to Kneller Park in Twickenham.
Funding of £25 million will pay for a number of major schemes including the
The latest section of the Exe Estuary Trail in Devon will open in spring 2010
The Way of the Roses Cycle Route – a new coast-to-coast route being developed by Sustrans which will link Morecambe with
French and British local authorities are planning to open a London-Paris cycle route in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games. It would link the Tower of London and the Eiffel Tower.
The Green Avenue (Avenue Verte) is expected to extend over 218 miles, using a number of existing cycling routes in South England and the Normandy/Pas de Calais area.
However, East Sussex County Council warned that money might not be readily available for the project due to the current financial climate.
Sections of the Avenue Verte which should link Paris and London are already open
Dartmoor and surrounding area for cyclists (Harvey 2009, ISBN 9781851374540, £12.95)
A touring map on one side at 1:60,000 and a mountain biking map on the other at 1:40,000. Superb detail. Touring map shows all promoted routes in the area including NCN routes and advisory routes on minor roads and tracks. Mountain bike map shows all paths and tracks where cyclists can go in the National Park. Indispensable!
Great for cycling holidays for
Derbyshire and the Peak District mountain bike guide (Third edition, The Ernest Press 2009, ISBN 9780948153891, £12)
Very clear, easy to use full-colour pocket-size book containing 29 circular mountain bike rides from six to 38 miles long. Good, clear little maps (Ordnance Survey map also needed) accompanied by route directions plus basic background info. Good photos and uncluttered, straight-to-the-point presentation.
Cycling in the
Large hardback collaboration between the AA and Sustrans. Offers 53 routes on the National Cycle Network by region with an excellent map and supporting information. Some nice themed sections too, such as birdwatching routes, industrial heritage routes, artworks and the best coastal routes. Solid with wonderful photographs.
All of the above are available from Cordee.
Forth & Clyde map (Sustrans, ISBN 978-1-901389-78-4, £6.99)
Shows the huge expansion of routes in the area on 1:100,000 mapping. Includes a coast-to-coast Scottish route from Tarbert to
Free, high quality mapping is unusual but these four booklets are full of it. They cover: Glasgow & Ayrshire;
Both of the above available from www.sustrans.org.uk or 0845 113 0065.