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Minor changes to NCN27

posted 18 Nov 2012, 04:29 by Will NB   [ updated 18 Nov 2012, 04:45 ]
Around the Plymouth area there are some planned changes to NCN27, the Devon Coast to Coast route. 
As you make your way into Devon, past the heritage railway, and start cycling on the road, the route takes you under a bridge that carries Plymouth Road, and immediately after you have to turn right, uphill, and following the road that merges with Plymouth Road.
The pavement is marked as shared, but it is very narrow. Should you encounter anybody coming the other way, somebody has to stop to let the other pass.

There are now plans (in quite an advanced stage) to re-route NCN27 around the back of the speedway race track. A new, and going by the maps rather good track will be built to link up with the existing traffic-free route below the Marsh Mills fly-over. The area may also gain a new BMX track, depending on the result of an air-quality survey. If the BMX track does go ahead it will be quite some time, possibly a few years, before it is completed.

Additionally, there are plans afoot to address the very poor path just south of Clearbrook, on the edge of Dartmoor. Those that have cycled that way before know that the "official" route directs you down, or up depending on your direction of travel, a narrow, very rocky, steep and nasty little path. 
We always direct people on a Devon Coast to Coast cycling holiday to bypass that section by riding on the quiet lane, if heading south, or follow our "unofficial diversion" when heading north.
Although these are early days, it seems likely that a decent path may be constructed at this section, which would be very welcome!

Finally, there are advanced plans to turn part of the Plym Valley trail (in itself a sub-section of the larger Drake's Trail linking Tavistock almost completely traffic-free with Plymouth) into a heritage trail. As part of this, artists were asked to submit designs for outdoor art work. We believe the final designs have been chosen, and we'll post some pictures as soon as we have them.

As is the case on especially the Tarka Trail, having pieces of outdoor art tucked away at various points makes a trail so much more interesting, even if you already know it very well.
Part of a series of art installations along the Tarka Trail