The development of bike trail has been made possible thanks to funding from Devon County Council and Devon Renaissance. Money from both also went towards the development of The Ridge Café, which has been open since April this year.
Haldon Forest Park Manager, Louise Bell says: “The new bike trail is going to be a huge asset to Haldon Forest Park. It will complement the existing network of trails that we have. The trail is very technical and will appeal to experienced riders whilst the other trails are more for families.
“Haldon offers a fantastic value for money day out. There is a range of things for people to do including walking, cycling and orienteering and as entry is completely free, with only a small car parking charge applying – £1.50 for the whole day. In addition we have excellent site partners including the Centre for Contemporary Art & The Natural World, Forest Cycle Hire and Go Ape.”
Fiona Edwards from Devon Renaissance said: “Devon Renaissance is pleased to be involved with this valuable and exciting project. This world-class off-road cycling trail will stimulate growth of this new and increasingly popular tourism market here in the south west region.”
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I’m delighted that Devon County Council has been able to help this project. We have been investing in cycling across the county and I’m certain this new cycle trail will have a healthy impact on Devon’s economy.”