The Adventure Cycle Map

Planning a cycling route in the North Wessex Downs AONB is set to become a whole lot easier from today thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England.

The North Wessex Downs AONB has secured funding from the 1 South West (1SW) Cycling Project to survey all 1480 km of legally accessible off road cycle trail in across Wiltshire, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. Information regarding the type of trail, including International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) grading, descriptions, photographs, videos and management information will then be uploaded to the Adventure Cycle Map. It is intended to give people a choice regarding the type of experience they want. Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you.

Dave Dixon of South West Protected Landscapes has led work with the 1SW Cycling Project. Dave said, “Cycling is a great way for people to get out and enjoy the south west’s breathing spaces and has a broad appeal. This online mapping allows us to provide lots of information such as photos and videos, enabling people to choose trails that will suit their cycling ability. We want to help people have a great day out and keep coming back by providing information that helps them plan their trip with confidence”

The Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring tourism business benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB throughout the year. Bicycle shops, hire outlets and cycle-friendly accommodation can all be found on the map. In addition to the survey work, we have been successful in helping a local business, The Crown at Aldbourne to access funds to provide cycle hire from a converted stable block in the grounds of the pub to securely house six bicycles and associated equipment. These will be made available for hire to visitors and local people. The bikes will be purchased from and maintained by a local bike shop.

The information shown is of use to people planning horse-riding or walking trips as well as those planning to cycle. To encourage responsible use of trails AONB staff can attach information to each individual trail such as indicating if a trail is prone to erosion in wet ground conditions, or trails that will be busy and best avoided at peak visitor times. Trail surveys commence in late June this year.

For more information or photos, please contact:

Katie Wilson
Communications Officer
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Tel: 01488 680450
Mob: 07827 808445
Email: katiewilson@northwessexdowns.org.uk

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