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Cycle route linking towns opens

The Ystwyth Trail (picture: Alun Williams)
The Ystwyth Trail is already being used by cyclists and walkers

A new 20-mile (32.1km) cycle route and footpath linking two Ceredigion towns has been opened.

The majority of the 1.7m Ystwyth Trail between Aberystwyth and Tregaron was completed in July, with a smaller section finished a few days ago.

Part of the trail follows the track of the old Great Western railway line, and some stretches are also suitable for horse riders.

The path links with other routes to Lampeter and Devil's Bridge.

Aberystwyth councillor and keen cyclist Alun Williams welcomed the development.

"The new section of cycle path from Tanybwlch to Llanfarian via Rhydyfelin is a huge step forward for cyclists wanting to ride into Aberystwyth from the south and is already being used by both cyclists and walkers before it's even been publicised," he said.

This greatly improves safety and so encourages people from that side of the town to cycle in
Councillor Alun Williams

"It allows cyclists to ride into town avoiding the main road and the large hill at Rhydyfelin. This greatly improves safety and so encourages people from that side of the town to cycle in."

He added: "Now that Aberystwyth has the Ystwyth Trail coming in from the south and the Rheidol cycleway from the east, I believe the next step is to make the town itself more cycle-friendly."

Grwp Beic (Bike Group) in Aberystwyth, of which Mr Williams is a member, has been calling for more cycle lanes in the town.

Last year, Ceredigion council said improved cycle lanes had been included in a study about the future development of Aberystwyth.

The trail was funded with money from European Union Objective 1, the Welsh Assembly Government and Ceredigion council.




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