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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 07:36 GMT 08:36 UK
New section of cycle path opens
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The path is being developed in stages
The first section of a major new cycle network in Devon has been opened officially.

The Ruby Way is a cycle and footpath from Hatherleigh via Holsworthy to Bude.

It is being developed in stages by Devon County Council and the first section runs from Halwill Junction to Cookworthy Forest Centre.

The 4km section runs through a Devon Wildlife Trust reserve and onto a former railway and a forest track.

Three other shorter stretches of the Ruby Way have already been completed - at Highampton, Hollacombe and Derriton Viaduct.

Planning applications have been submitted for almost the entire route. Wild flowers

It is hoped further lengthy sections will open within a year or two.

The route will give easy level access from the village of Halwill Junction to Halwill Forest.

Previously this large recreational area was only accessible by car.

Jo Pullin, for Devon Wildlife Trust, said: "Halwill Junction is a lovely nature reserve, well-known for its wild flowers and tranquil setting.

"It's great that more people can now stop off and discover its delights, especially in a sustainable manner."



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