Drake's Trail opened on Saturday — just as it was announced as one of the top ten national trips for a memorable spring in the Lonely Planet magazine.

Beijing Olympics gold rowing medallist Zac Purchase, and West Devon Mayor, Cllr Terry Pearce did the honours at the opening ceremony, ably assisted by Sir Frances Drake himself.

Dartmoor Border Morris Dancers danced and Andrei Burton performed some wheel-based trickery to entertain the crowds at the event.

The Drake's Trail network is a joint project between West Devon Borough Council, Devon Renaissance and Devon County Council.

A key part of the project is the new off-road cycle trail that links Tavistock to Plymouth, which has been managed by Graham Cornish of Devon County Council.

The new route will enhance the already popular Devon coast-to-coast route and encourage more cyclists and walkers to the area.

The network of cycling and walking trails allows users of all ages and fitness levels to explore the wealth of diversity West Devon has to offer.

Some trails are brand new, while others simply link up existing footpaths and bridleways, but all come together to offer the best that West Devon has to offer.

Phil Baker, Drake's Trail project officer, said: 'It was a fantastic event, and perfect timing. We couldn't have wished for a better response from local walkers and cyclists. We hope the new route will bring pleasure to all for years to come.'