Working with our partners Cornwall Council and Sustrans we are supporting their activity to better connect Cornwall. For the Cornwall AONB this involves: -
· Promoting sustainable travel opportunities by cycle both within and between our 12 sections
· Protecting our outstanding landscapes through the promotion of cycle tourism that has a reduced impact upon the sensitive environment of the AONB area, reducing the need for more car parking and the disturbance this also brings to local communities
· Encouraging healthy lifestyles through increasing the opportunities for safe, convenient and accessible cycling and walking
Our Camel section is home to one of the UK’s most popular traffic free routes – the Camel Trail linking Padstow with Wadebridge and Bodmin. Recent new routes have been the Cornish Way from Land’s End to Bude as well as the St Agnes Cycle Project and St Agnes to Truro route both of which seek to improve access to this nearby AONB section as well as improve the cycling experience and facilities within the village and its immediate surrounds, including supporting cycle hire and cycle training opportunities to increase confidence of new potential cyclists.
Current schemes that will improve access within and between different AONB sections and are being planned include the following strategic routes:-
· The Bay to Bay Cycle Route between Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, Hayle and St Ives. This would link the Lizard with West Penwith and Godrevy Head with good access to the mainline railway at both Penzance and St Erth, with the latter undergoing improvements to facilitate cycle hire for car free holidays
The Looe to Cremyll Ferry (Plymouth) and Looe to Liskeard routes that will connect Plymouth and Liskeard to Rame Head and our South Coast Eastern sections.
Thanks to Cornwall Council funding the Looe to Liskeard section will begin development work during 2019, to support the regeneration of South East Cornwall, which is often described as Cornwall’s “Forgotten Corner”.
We are grateful for the support of the South and East Cornwall Local Action Group for awarding funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to develop part of the initial section of the Looe to Cremyll Ferry route involving a link between the Cremyll Ferry and the twin Rame Head villages of Cawsand/Kingsand. This route runs through the historic landscape of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park before passing adjacent to the stunning coastal fortifications at Maker Heights including Redoubt Number 4 and entering Cawsand/Kingsand down the Earl’s Drive. This initial route enables Plymouth residents to explore deeper in to our beautiful Rame Head section and appreciate more about this part of our area that once played a significant role in the defence of Plymouth Dockyard.