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Massive boost for mountain biking

Mountain biker
The region has a growing reputation as a mountain bike venue

Mountain biking in Devon and Cornwall is to receive a multi-million boost as part of a plan to improve and create trails.

Plym Bridge near Plymouth in Devon, Haldon Forest Park, Teignbridge and the Lanhydrock Estate and Cardinham Woods in north Cornwall will get a share of £7.5m.

The project is funded by the Rural Development Programme for England.

The aim is to make the region a "world class destination" for mountain bikers of all levels of ability.

The National Trust and Forestry Commission will be working together on the project called 1SW.

Developments will include purpose built adventurous cycling trails, bike hire facilities, cafes, areas to develop bike handling skills and information on how and where to ride across the region.

Rebecca Brookes-Sullivan, National Trust General Manager for Lanhydrock says: "Adventurous off-road cycling appeals to many who might not realise that the National Trust has something for them."

Plans will include new trails designed for cycling to take visitors into the heart of the woodlands where currently very few people visit.

A new route for families, novices and intermediate riders will be built at Plym Bridge.fgg

Trails at Haldon Forest Park, Teignbridge, Moors Valley Countdfggry Park, East Dorset , Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, North Somerset, Cannop Colliery, Forest of Dean are also part of the plans.

Detailed plans have yet to be drawn up and local people and users will be consulted on proposals.

The changes at all three sites are due to start in 2011.

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