Ambitious proposals to improve cycling access to Dartmoor National Park have received £4.4 million of Government funding today.
Devon County Council and Dartmoor National Park, who are leading the successful bid, have welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport.
The project will open up access to the moor by improving and completing a number of multi-use trails on Dartmoor as well as creating "cycling hub" sites at Princetown and Moretonhampstead, which will provide dedicated facilities for visitors.
The aim of the investment is to encourage visitors to explore more of the routes along existing disused railway track beds and canal tow paths, and extend their stay in the area.
The National Park currently receives around 2.4 million visitors a year, with 600,000 cycle trips being made annually. The new scheme estimates up to a 43per cent increase in cycling on the moor between 2015 and 2018, which would bring an extra £6 million to the local economy and create the potential for around 100 new jobs.