Norfolk

Norfolk Broads to get new £1m cycleway and footpath

Horning, Norfolk Image copyright Google
Image caption The first phase of the route between Horning (above) with Hoveton will be 2.3 miles (3.5km) in length

The Broads are to get a new £1m cycleway and footpath running between two villages.

The 2.3 mile (3.7km) route will be created alongside the A1062 between Horning and Hoveton in Norfolk.

It will be the first phase of a proposed Three Rivers Way taking in the Bure, Ant and Thurne rivers.

The government has confirmed funding of £715,000, with the rest coming from the Broads Authority and Norfolk County Council.

The work is planned to begin early next year to be ready for summer 2016.

The route will have cycle hire available at Horning, Hoveton and the Bewilderwood adventure park.

The next phases of the project aim to connect Wroxham, Ludham and Potter Heigham.

Adrian Clarke, senior recreation officer at the Broads Authority, said: "It will make it so much easier for visitors to choose to cycle when they come to the Broads National Park by improving cycle links to the rail network, which is one of the key aims of our strategy."

The authority said the new pathway would have a hard surface, be about 7ft (2m) wide and run along the north side of the A1062.

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