US and UK routes round up
Mammoth trails under development in America
The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. Over 21 percent of the route is on safe, traffic-free paths, the rest using road sections. In time the aim is to have all 3,000 miles traffic-free!
Trans Canada Trail – a 21,500-kilometre recreational trail from the Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. When completed, it will be the world‘s longest recreational trail. Currently some 70 percent (14,500 kilometres) is available to walk, hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile.
New route sections in United Kingdom
Ambleside To Coniston, Lake District: Woodland, pasture plus open fells and tarns on tracks and minor roads. The aim is to finish the route south to Greenodd this summer to give a 20 mile link to the Walney to Wear route.
Saturn Trail, Woking, Surrey: By summer’s end much of this new trail should be in place along the Basingstoke Canal allowing easy, traffic-free access for several miles east and west of Woking.
Adventure Cycling Association, North America’s largest cycling membership organization, has just landed a $10,000 sponsorship cheque to support on-going mapping and production work for the Association’s newest route, the Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route. The 2,400-mile road-based route will stretch from the Canadian-Washington State border to the Mexican border.
Adventure Cycling’s network, which was launched in 1976 with publication of the 4,262- mile TransAmerica Trail, is the largest mapped cycling route system in the world.
Sustrans Cymru has been awarded £2.7 million of Euro cash for new sections of National Cycle Network across the South Wales valleys. This is a handy proportion of the £3.3 million that will centre on routes into the Neath Valley, many traffic-free.
Mountain Biking Britain, Footprint, ISBN 978-1-906098-53-7, £14.99
Superb resource detailing 220 trail centres, riding spots and traffic-free trails. No detailed maps but good text info.
The Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner, Excellent Books, ISBN 978-1-901464-21-4, £8.95
Huge, single sheet fold-out outline of all the UK’s National Cycle Network, National Byway and many other routes. Ideal for planning long distance tours and traffic-free leisure rides. Supporting text panels too.
Scotland Mountain Biking, Vertebrate Graphics, ISBN 978-1-901389-73, £15.95
25 routes with OS 1:50,000 mapping, clear height profiles and directions and great photos. Graded medium to extreme. Includes overview map and directions for the Fort William to Montrose coast to coast route.
Strangford Lough Cycle Trail, ISBN 978-1-901389-73-1
Sustrans inspired 82 mile circular ride on minor roads around Strangford Lough – now fully signed and mapped. One of Northern Ireland’s most scenic areas.
Revised Welsh National Route Maps, ISBN 978-1-901389-77-7 & ISBN 978-1-901389-76-0
Updated maps to the 250 mile Lon Las Cymru route between Holyhead and Cardiff. Possibly the most challenging route on the whole National Cycle Network. The northern map includes lots of braided route through Snowdonia whilst the southern one takes you across the Black Mountains.
All available from www.cordee.co.uk.