NEW plans to create a series of multi-use cycle trails around Cornwall have been given a warm welcome.

It was revealed last week that Cornwall Council is leading plans to install a number of new trails which would be similar to the popular Camel Trail.

New trails could be created at Mount’s Bay, Looe Valley and between Truro and St Agnes and Perranporth and Newquay.

All the plans are in the early stages of development and all would be subject to securing funding to carry out the work.

But the council says they could bring in a large number of new visitors to Cornwall as well as encourage residents to get on their bikes.

The news was welcomed across social media with many people looking forward to having new places to pedal.

On Facebook Matt Bennett said: “Fantastic idea! County needs more multi use trails for cycle/walkers/dogs. Some already great ones around Camborne and Redruth.”

And Georgie Lansdowne added: “This is such amazing news! Something I’ve been banging on about for years. I hope these are the first few of many more to come. It would be so nice to access our beautiful county without the need to get in our cars or worry about other road users. One day I hope we have walking/cycle paths (away from roads) to reach every part of Cornwall.”

Porthminster View wrote: “Great news for cyclists in Cornwall and holiday makers!”

More details about the projects are expected to go before Cornwall Council’s cabinet next month.

No timetable has been set out for when the trails could be completed with design work, planning and funding still to be secured.

The Looe Valley trails could cost around £16million in total but estimates suggest that they could result in an extra visitor spend of £18m a year.