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Cycling the Wessex Way
The coast at Seaton
The Wessex Way will go from Weston Bay to Seaton
The Wessex Way cycle route will eventually run for 120km from the Bristol Channel coast to Lyme Bay. Once the route is finished in 2005, it will mean cyclists will be able to ride all the way from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel.

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Wessex Way will be 120km long.

It should be complete in 2005.

It is part of the Sustrans National Cycle network.


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A new cycle route - all the way from the Weston Bay, in North Somerset, to Lyme Bay and on to Seaton in East Devon - is being created in time for a grand opening in 2005.

Once complete, cyclists will be able to ride from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel.

The route - called the Wessex Way - is 120km long, with some 25km being in Devon. It is an integral part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and should be complete by the summer of 2005.

Devon County Council is also backing the Wessex Way scheme, which will eventually form part of the proposed south and east Devon national cycle route from Plymouth to Axminster.

Seaton Harbour
Seaton Harbour

It will be a key section along the Dover to Penzance National Cycle Network Route 2.

The Wessex Way route is designed to encourage people to take up cycling, and will be mainly off road, or on lightly-trafficked roads.

Major roads and junctions will be avoided, and the route aims to go through the centre of each town and settlement along the way.

Other attractive features of the route are:

  • very few steep gradients

  • stunning scenery

  • historical points of interest

  • easy cycling distance between each rural town

Devon county councillor for Seaton Rural, Margaret Rogers, described it as "an incredibly exciting project".

She said: "As an off-road route, the Wessex Way will be as attractive as possible, and become a flagship for this form of sustainable transport in England.

"I hope that local people will support the development of the route."


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