A new online community space for the Looe Valley Trails project has been launched to give residents and businesses an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about proposals to create a local network of trails for walking and cycling.
Cornwall Council has created Let’s Talk Looe Valley Trails to give updates and gather feedback on the project to link Looe, Liskeard, Bodmin and the Rame Peninsula. The site includes details of the three proposed routes, together with background information about the scheme and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport, said: “The project aims to support more active lifestyles, encourage more visitors to the area, helping to boost the local economy, and enhance and interpret the natural and historic environment.
“The initiative has been in development for some time and during the past few months, we’ve been working with partners to re-evaluate the initial proposals in order to put together a strong business case to identify and secure funding. This has resulted in some changes to the original proposed routes, including seeking out more off-road sections and routes with gentle gradients to be more accessible to all.”
The current proposals are based around three long distance routes in South East Cornwall.
- Looe to Liskeard: a combination of largely traffic free sections and a section along quiet country lanes. This will be an accessible route to be used by everyone, offering opportunities for health, engaging with the environment and enjoying what south east Cornwall has to offer.
- Looe to Cremyll: this will be a long distance on-road route for more confident cyclists and road users. The Cremyll end of the route features a five mile loop providing an opportunity for cyclists that are growing in confidence to make use of a safe route without committing to a long distance.
- Looe to Bodmin: a combination of on and off-road sections which include a number of existing tracks in the area, as well as linking with the National Cycle Network route to Bodmin town centre. The route will also link with Bodmin Parkway.
We are also working with local steering groups to identify some shorter, family-friendly routes of 4-5 miles in closer proximity to Looe and Liskeard.
With restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been unable to organise public exhibitions for the local community to view the draft proposals and give their views.
We will host face to face events as soon as this is permitted and the Let’s Talk site aims to bridge this gap in the meantime.