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Fun guided bike rides are coming to Carlisle, Greystoke, Grasmere and Thirlmere this Easter

March 15, 2016

Sky Ride Local rides are coming, so if you’re keen to get out on your bike a bit more this Easter, but don’t know where to start, a series of guided bike rides exploring around Carlisle, Greystoke, Grasmere and Thirlmere could be the answer.

In partnership with British Cycling and Sky, Active Cumbria and Cumbria County Council, along with Carlisle City Council, South Lakeland District Council and Allerdale Council, have scheduled an exciting series of guided bike rides.

As part of a campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness, Sky Ride Local rides are guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders and cover a range of fantastic routes, including the new temporary road connecting Grasmere with Thirlmere. What’s more, the rides are pitched at three different levels, so there’s something for everyone.

David Bourque, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said:

‘There’s no better way to get outdoors, get some exercise and explore your local area with friends than on a bike ride. Join the fun and register for a Sky Ride Local bike ride.

‘With some great rides coming up this month, there’s no better time to get on your bike. Whether you’re building your confidence or looking to challenge yourself, the rides offer different levels to suit your ability.”

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member responsible for highways and transport, said:

“We’re very keen to support initiatives like the Sky Ride Local bike rides that encourage more people to take up cycling. Cumbria has some spectacular rides which people can enjoy while out on their bikes. These rides underline the message that Cumbria is open for business and they also provide an opportunity to see the flood recovery work that’s ongoing in areas like Thirlmere and Carlisle. 2016 promises to be another exciting year for cycling in Cumbria, with the county once again hosting the Tour of Britain, which we hope will also inspire many more people to get out on their bikes.”

South Lakeland District Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and People, Councillor Sue Sanderson, said: 

“As a council we actively support strategies through our health and wellbeing and environment policies to encourage people to cycle more.

“The Sky Ride Local programme supports the whole family to become confident on bike rides like these so they can consider becoming cyclists that commute to work and, where safe routes allow, cycling to and from school.

“I’m delighted that this new programme includes rides in the Grasmere area and takes in a route using the new temporary road connecting Grasmere with Thirlmere, which will also serve to highlight the message that South Lakeland is open for business following the recent flooding.’’

It’s all thanks to an investment from British Cycling, Active Cumbria, the Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council, along with South Lakeland District Council, Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Council, Eden Council and The National Trust.  The partnership is contributing to the county’s wider health policy by offering more opportunities to be physically active, while encouraging residents and visitors to travel in a cleaner, greener way by enjoying more of Cumbria and the Lake District by bike through the See More: Cumbria and the Lake District programme.

To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling,

visit: goskyride.com/Cumbria.

Upcoming rides in Carlisle and Grasmere:

Sunday 20th March     Hethersgill Circular, 28miler – Challenging

Sunday 20th March    Bitts Park, Rickerby Park, Linstock & Willowholme, 10 miler – Steady

Sunday 20th March     Biking round beautiful Bitts Park, 4miler – Easygoing

Thursday 24th March  Eycott Hill Nature Reserve by bike from Greystoke with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, 8 miler – Steady

Sunday 27th March     Grasmere to Thirlmere and back – 16 miler

Sunday 27th March     Grasmere to Pelter Bridge and back – 9 miler

Sunday 27th March     Thirlmere Reservoir Family Ride from Legburthwaite car park – 6 miler

More rides will be announced this spring running through to September.


Upcoming rides in Carlisle and Grasmere:

Sunday 20th March     Hethersgill Circular, 28miler – Challenging

Sunday 20th March    Bitts Park, Rickerby Park, Linstock & Willowholme, 10 miler – Steady

Sunday 20th March     Biking round beautiful Bitts Park, 4miler – Easygoing

Thursday 24th March  Eycott Hill Nature Reserve by bike from Greystoke with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, 8 miler – Steady

Sunday 27th March     Grasmere to Thirlmere and back – 16 miler

Sunday 27th March     Grasmere to Pelter Bridge and back – 9 miler

Sunday 27th March     Thirlmere Reservoir Family Ride from Legburthwaite car park – 6 miler