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New Multi Use Trail at Goss Moor

Written by: Press Release

Submitted: 12th May 2007

The new 7 mile (c.12 km) multi-use trail which winds its way around Goss Moor National Nature Reserve (NNR) was officially opened on Sunday 11 May at 11.30am. The well surfaced, mostly flat and relatively easy, circular trail, that takes in part of the old realigned A30, allows disabled and novice walkers and cyclists easy and safe access to the wild and little known expanse of Goss Moor NNR - managed by Natural England. The trail surface is suitable for walking, cycling, horse-riding as well as wheelchair / mobility scooter users and buggies.

Cyclists on the new trail at Goss Moor

Opening of new trail at Goss Moor

Creation of the trail is the final outcome of the successful working partnership between the Highways Agency (and their contractors), Cornwall County Council and Natural England which resulted in the new A30 trunk road being re-aligned out of Goss Moor in July 2007. The support and co-operation of National Grid , Tregothnan Estate and other neighbouring landowners have been essential in this trail becoming a reality.

"Walking and cycling are two of the most pleasurable and effective ways of getting and keeping fit. Not only does the body benefit from exercising outdoors but being in the natural environment also reduces stress and creates a sense of purpose and belonging. This, the 'Natural Health Service', is a perfect extension to the other NHS." said Lone Mouritsen, Natural England's Walk the Way to Health Adviser for Cornwall.

Natural England's Senior Reserve Manager for Goss Moor, Martin Davey added, "We want to show off our new healthy route around Goss Moor to as many walkers and cyclists as possible. A separate permissive horse riding trail launch will take place later in the spring."

Screech Owl Sanctuary Flying Display

Screech Owl Sanctuary Flying Display

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health for Cornwall, officially opened the trail alongside David Whalley, Leader of Cornwall County Council, and Natural England Board Member Professor Michael Depledge.

Felicity Owen said, "Adult obesity rates have almost quadrupled over the last 25 years and two thirds of UK adults are now considered overweight or obese. This can have a huge impact on people's lives, and The Goss Moor trail offers people an excellent opportunity to take exercise in beautiful surroundings.

David Whalley, Leader of Cornwall County Council added, "It is a real pleasure to see the new trail at Goss Moor opened, after all the hard work that has gone into making it an excellent facility for the whole community."

Dr William Bird, Strategic Health Advisor for Natural England added, "Public accessibility to, and enjoyment of, the natural environment may yet prove to be the most important public health initiative since water and air were tackled in the 19th and 20th centuries. For the people around Goss Moor this new trail is a big step in the right direction."

The event organised by Natural England, was promoted by BBC Radio Cornwall to raise funds for Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal to build a children's hospice in Cornwall. The venue was being hosted by the Screech Owl Sanctuary.

The day started from 10am at the Screech Owl Sanctuary with a flying display at 10.30am as part of the Sanctuary's Open Day. There were three healthy rest stops after 1 ¼ miles, 3 miles and 4 ¼ miles. Ken Rickard, author of, 'The Book of St Dennis and Goss Moor', a local community history, was signing copies of his recently re-printed book which was launched on the day.

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