Cycle route linking Devon and Dorset with France opens

A cycle route which includes parts of Devon and Dorset as well as areas of Brittany and Normandy in France has been launched.

The Tour de Manche, which is 745 miles (1,200km) long, is aimed at "promoting sustainable tourism", organisers said.

It is one of three routes based around ferry services.

The routes, which have cost a total £6.8m, have been paid for primarily with EU funding with local authorities contributing smaller amounts.

Victoria Stonex, of Cycle West - the EU funded initiative behind the project - said: "It's about promoting cycle tourism in both countries and getting people to visit attractions and experience a different culture."

William Cann, mayor of West Devon Borough Council, said: "The Tour de Manche route will put West Devon on the European map."

In England, the route passes through Poole, Dorchester, Exeter and Plymouth.

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