25th July 2021

Taunton’s first ever town cycle trail launched

Photo: Taunton Area Cycling @tauntonareacyc1

Taunton’s first ever town cycle trail was launched by the Mayor of Taunton Deane Councillor Catherine Herbert on the first day of National Bike Week 2018.

Taunton Area Cycling Campaign produced the Foxglove Trail map with financial assistance from Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Unparished Fund.

Cllr Herbert handed out the first free copies to local residents. Further copies of the map are now available from the Taunton Visitor Centre.

The Foxglove Trail is an 11 mile circular and mainly flat cycle ride through Taunton’s Green spaces.

The trail follows some of the town’s traffic free paths and mainly quiet roads, and is suitable for families.

It is waymarked in one direction with Foxglove Trail stickers and small directional arrows.

Detailed directions are also on the TACC website.

Cllr Roger Habgood, executive councillor for planning policy and transportation, said:

“The provision of new cycle links forms an integral part of our plans for Taunton as the first Garden Town in the South West.

The Council recognises that sustainable public transport links and improved footpaths and cycle ways will reduce car dependence and deliver wider physical and mental health benefits for residents.

I am delighted that the Foxglove Trail has been established to provide access to Taunton town centre and some of the hidden gems along the route.”

TACC are organising a free led ride of the Foxglove Trail on Sunday 17 June leaving VI vary park at 10:30. To register and for further information email contact@thetacc.org.uk.

Mike Ginger, a TACC member who has been involved in the project, said:

“The town does already have some pleasant sections of network.

Our aim is to link some of these together with attractive watercourses, open spaces and wildlife rich areas to provide an enjoyable cycling experience for young and old.”