are able to stop to take in the spectacular views along a new cycle
route in Devon which was opened in May, 2002.
The 12km route links Okehampton to Lydford, in the west of the county,
and is called The Granite Way.
as a picture: Lydford pub
the route, there are views of Meldon Viaduct, the Meldon Lake, Okehampton
Castle, and across the moors. Look one way, and you can see as far
as Exmoor: look the other way, and you can just about pick out Bodmin
Moor in the distance.
then there's magical Dartmoor...which is at the heart of this route.
The great thing about the route is that it is mostly off-road. It
starts at Okehampton Station, and continues to Meldon Viaduct. It
then follows quiet lanes to the former Bridestowe Station, and continues
off-road for another 2km to Lydford.
view from below...Meldon Viaduct
cycle path also links into a number of attractions and services
- including Okehampton Youth Hostel, bike bus services featuring
bike racks, and the new visitor centre and station at Meldon.
station is served by the Dartmoor Pony steam train service from
Okehampton, which runs alongside the new cycle path.
if you like, you can cycle one way, and then make the return journey
using the bike-friendly train service.
route is part of the National Cycle Network, and is being developed
by Devon County Council, with support from the Regional Development
Agency, European funding and the Millennium Commission. The last
two sections have cost £750,000.
County Council is hoping the route will atrract thousands of visitors
every year, to an area which was badly hit by foot-and-mouth in
cycle route takes in some lovely areas of countryside
of environment, Cllr David Morrish, said: "As a major sustainable
tourist attraction, the investment placed in the cycle path will
hopefully encourage many more people to visit the area, and provide
a welcome boost for the local economy - particularly in light of
the recent foot-and-muth epidemic."