800-mile off-road cycle route launched from England to north coast of Scotland

The Great North Trail connects the Peak District to the north coast of Scotland

Female cyclist in Scotland (Arretera/Getty)

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An 800-mile off-road cycle route has been launched connecting England and the north coast of Scotland for the first time.

The trail takes riders through Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park, Loch Ness and Cape Wrath in Scotland, and the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Kielder Forest in England. 98% of the route being a combination of off-road cycle routes already in existence, forest roads and quiet tarmac roads.

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