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article imageLondon 2012: Olympic torch relay to take in iconic UK landmarks

By Kev Hedges     Nov 8, 2011 in Sports
The London Olympic torch relay has been planned and its path will see the Olympic flame cover over 1,000-miles and take on most of Britain's iconic and famous landmarks.
This time the flame won't simply be carried by an athlete or chosen representative through a variety of city streets and estates but will go on a truly British tour which would see the flame travel in a rowing boat on the Thames River, ride in a sidecar at the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, ride the dizzy heights of the Abraham Cable Car in Derbyshire's market town of Matlock, take a steam boat ride across the outstanding beauty of Lake Windermere, float in a rainforest balloon at the Eden Project and take a railway trip along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the Flying Scotsman and Manx Railway.
The flame will also pass over the monster-haunted lake of Loch Ness in Scotland and more historic sites such as the Roman baths in Bath and Stonehenge. During the 10-week relay, the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles, according to the BBC.
London 2012 Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said:
Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion, we originally started out by saying 95 percent of the population would be within an hour's journey of the route - we now have that as within 10 miles. We've got to get the torch to as many communities as possible.
Half of all torchbearers will be young people aged between 12 and 24. The 70-day torch relay begins on 19 May 2012 at Land's End. Its final journey on 27 July in London will see the flame grace Hampton Court Palace to Olympic Park, for the opening of the Games.
A detailed map of the Olympic torch relay route can be found here.
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