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Picture postcard Lustleigh


A new path for cyclists and walkers is set to be created in one of the most picturesque parts of Devon.
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A beautiful rural area of Devon - which takes in the edge of Dartmoor - could soon be opened up to cyclists.

There are plans for a £1 million pathway for cyclists and walkers between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead.

The mainly off-road path would go through picture-postcard Lustleigh - one of Devon's most picturesque villages.

Countryside around Lustleigh
The countryside in Lustleigh valley

It's hoped the path will attract visitors and local leisure cyclists.

The route would also be good for commuting cyclists, as it would take them off the busy A382 road.

Local people were asked what they thought of the idea of the path, and 87% of respondents gave it their backing.

After a series of public exhibitions during the summer, the council received more than 1,500 completed questionnaires.

Devon County Council will now discuss the plan - but the council is confident of attracting funding for the project, which will cost between £1 million and £1.4 million.

The pathway will form part of the South Coast Cycle Route, which goes from Plymouth to Seaton via Exeter.

It's hoped that planning issues will be resolved next year to pave the way for the path.

County councillor David Morrish said: "The consultation response has shown clear, strong support for the construction of a community path and cycleway between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead."

Article first published: 21st November 2003

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