Monday, 31 October 2011

Adventure Cycle Map launched detailing routes across South West

Planning a visit to cycle in the National Parks and AONBs of south west England is set to become a whole lot easier from today thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England.

The Adventure Cycle Map was launched on 21 October 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. 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 videos, 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”

The Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring tourism business benefits to the rural south west throughout the year. Bicycle shops, hire outlets and clubs can all be found on the map. 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.

To view the system please visit and click on a link to the interactive map.

Alternatively view the lauch video (4mins) here

Web Map Introduction from SWPLF on Vimeo.