JUMP on your bike this summer and take in both sides of the Channel with the Tour de Manche circular route.
Officially launched later this month the route offers cyclists flavours of the sea across Normandy, Brittany, Devon and Dorset.
There is currently a smaller route, but the longer 1,200km route takes in some of the most famous sights from both countries.
The longer route will be opened on June 22, 2013 and wends its way through some of the most beautiful scenery that Dorset, Devon, Normandy and Brittany have to offer.
Waymarked the length of its route, it passes through sites of exceptional natural and historic interest, including Corfe Castle, Dorset and East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor National Park, the Pink Granite Coast and the Bay of Mont St-Michel.
The Tour de Manche travels from Poole to Dorchester, Exeter and Okehampton, before cyclists take the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff, travelling on to St Brieuc, St Malo and Cherbourg and then back to Poole.
Although challenging in parts, with a selection of testing but rewarding climbs for keen cyclists, it also offers sections of much easier riding.
The variety of scenery on offer is unparalleled, passing through Dorset’s quiet pastoral lanes, onto Devon’s dramatic moorlands and crossing the English Channel to hug the Brittany coastline before traversing hedged fields and dunes towards Cherbourg.
The Tour de Manche can be ridden in bite-sized sections, or for the more serious cyclist, as a complete tour. Whatever your level of experience, you’ll find cycle-friendly
accommodation along the route, as well as restaurants, bike repair and hire facilities.