Hadrian's Cycleway completed between Maryport and Allonby

Children test out new Hadrian's Cycleway path Children from Allonby Primary School tested out the new route

An £800,000 stretch of cycle path completing the Hadrian's Cycleway connecting Cumbria and Tyneside has been opened.

The path, running alongside the coastal road between Allonby and Marport, fills the "missing link" in the 174-mile route, Cumbria County Council said.

Cyclists previously had to share the B5300 with motorists.

Bryan Scott from the Hadrian's Wall Trust said the new section offered "fantastic scenery".

Hadrian's Cycleway runs from Tynemouth to Ravenglass.

About 160,000 journeys are made on the path each year, according to data from the charity Sustrans.

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