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  1. Walking Or Cycling The Taff Trail From Cardiff Bay To Brecon

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    One Of World’s Best Outdoor Trips

    Walking or cycling the Taff Trail – Route 8 of the National Cycle Network from Cardiff Bay to Brecon – is one of the best global experiences of 2011 according to National Geographic. The Taff Trail was handpicked by National Geographic Traveler editors as one of their 10 Best Trips of Summer 2011. It ranks alongside some of the best experiences from across the world, including kayaking in Alaska and snorkelling with dolphins in Honduras.

    Lee Waters, Sustrans Cymru Director, said, ‘Here we have real recognition that our walking and cycling routes in Wales can offer something exceptional and rank among some of the best experiences in the World. It highlights the need for a network of high-quality routes that will benefit local people, who use them day-to-day, and attract visitors from all over the globe.’

    The Taff Trail is a 55 mile route, which is mostly traffic-free and runs from Cardiff, through the South Wales Valleys and into the dramatic Brecon Beacons. Sustrans is currently working with partners on a major revitalisation for walking and cycling in the Valleys, which includes creating 100 miles of new routes that will bring the National Cycle Network to within two miles of a further 636,000 people.

     

  2. Transform Journeys With ‘The Complete National Cycle Network’ Free App

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    Access over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling network across the UK, anytime anywhere, with ‘The complete National Cycle Network’ app from UK charity Sustrans. The free app will be available soon from the iTunes store and is the first time the charity will make this UK-wide transport network, that serves millions of people locally, available for mobile phones. Sustrans has created the app from its OS-based online mapping facility and it has been specifically designed to help people make more of their everyday journeys on foot or by bike.

    It includes 25000 miles of route – including all 13000 miles of award-winning National Cycle Network and a further 12000 miles of regional and local routes and links. All routes have been assessed and approved to be included in the mapping and are shown at a 1:10000 scale. It integrates with the public transport network and provides links to the Transport Direct journey planning website, making it easier to get bus and train updates from any location so you can plan longer journeys. The app also recommends routes for easy local travel as well as more long distance ones for leisure walks and rides.

    The latest route developments and additions to the Network will be updated fortnightly and you can plan and save routes or share them with your friends. You can also record and keep a GPS track of your route as you walk or ride along and centre the map on your current location. It also has a direct link to the Sustrans website – www.sustrans.org.uk – where you can check out events, the latest transport news and local walking, cycling and neighbourhood projects in your area.

    Martyn Brunt, Sustrans’ Development Manager for the Network, said, “The high standards Sustrans has applied in developing the National Cycle Network mean it shows the best routes for walking and cycling across the UK, and the level of local detail, no matter where you are, makes it a great ‘go-to’ app for local knowledge, everyday travel or leisure.”

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