East Cornwall Cycle Trails
2016 - 2017
Looe Development Trust
Preliminary ecological appraisal
Augmented Phase 1 Habitat Survey
Liaison with landowners
PCA are part of the project team looking at the feasibility of developing 45km of cycle trails between Plymouth following the coast to Looe and via the West Looe Valley to Lanhydrock and Bodmin. Links are also proposed to Liskeard from Looe via the East Looe Valley and from Liskeard west to Bodmin along the Fowey Valley. The proposed Trails could open up the possibility of round trips between Plymouth, Bodmin, Liskeard and Looe using a combination of cycling and increasingly popular train services. The Trails would be linked to the national cycle network at Plymouth, Liskeard and Bodmin, the latter giving access to the Camel Trail from and making possible a complete link from the south to north coast.
PCA initially carried out the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) of the impacts of the proposed cycleway from Liskeard to Looe. The report was completed in March 2017. Subsequently, PCA were contracted to prepare PEAs for the proposed Trails from Cremyll Ferry, Plymouth to Lanhydrock (near Bodmin) via Looe and from Liskeard to Trago Mills to link with the former route. The PEAs were completed in July 2017.
The studies identified options for the Trail routes using a combination of quiet lanes and dedicated tracks. Possible new off road sections of each route were investigated and costed. The routes are designed to enable users to access some of the area’s rich industrial, cultural and natural heritage, telling the story of how the communities of the valleys developed, changed and thrived.
The natural environment will be a key feature of the routes, with the possibility of opening up new access to the wooded valleys, the coast and the stunning tidal estuary of the East Looe River between Sandplace and Looe and restoring, enhancing and protecting the valleys' landscapes and environments.
The project is led by the Looe Development Trust and funded by the South and East Cornwall Local Action Group from the EU LEADER elements of DEFRA’s Rural Development Programme, and by Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and Liskeard Town Forum. It is supported by local Councillors, the South East Cornwall Tourism Association and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.
The study team includes environmental, heritage and engineering expertise and is being advised by Sustrans, the leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.