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Get ready for a Summer of Cycling in South Cumbria

June 18, 2015

British Cycling, along with a partnership of organisations across the county, has scheduled an exciting summer programme of cycling in Cumbria and the Lake District, including South Lakeland.

As part of a national campaign to get more people cycling for fitness and as a sustainable way of seeing the area, Sky Ride Local will offer a fantastic range of free guided bike rides in South Lakeland and various other locations across Cumbria. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic local routes and pitched at three different levels, there’s something for everyone.

Thanks to investment from British Cycling, See More: Cumbria and the Lake District and Active Cumbria, along with the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Carlisle City Council, the partnership will contribute to the county’s wider health policy.

Offering more opportunities to be physically active, the programme will encourage residents and visitors to travel in a cleaner, greener way by enjoying more of Cumbria and the Lake District by bike.

In July 2014, £1 million of revenue funding was secured for 2015/16 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) through a partnership bid between Cumbria County Council and the Lake District National Park Authority.

To kick off a season of recreational cycling in South Lakeland, Sky Ride Local will host a guided bike ride from Kendal to Staveley and back on Sunday 28th June. After setting off from Kendal Town Hall, the ride will make its way along quiet, scenic back roads to Staveley.  There’ll be time for a stop and refreshments at Staveley Mill Yard before pedalling back to Kendal.

Caroline Gilbert, British Cycling’s Recreation Manager for Cumbria and Lancashire, said: “Signing up for a Sky Ride Local ride is the perfect way to get some exercise, get outdoors and see your area in a new way. Whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on your bike and looking for your next challenge, with three different levels, there’s something for everyone with Sky Ride Local.”

Bruce Lawson, Active Cumbria said:

‘There’s no excuse not to get on your bike this summer. The Sky Ride Local programme provides fantastic opportunities for people, young and not so young, to get active and healthy whilst enjoying some wonderful planned cycling routes. Active Cumbria and Cumbria County Council are delighted to get behind British Cycling and encourage more of our local communities to enjoy the benefits that cycling has to offer.’

Nicola Parker, Programme Manager for See More, said:

 “Sky Ride Local is a great way to build on the ever-growing popularity of cycling, inspiring people of all abilities to organise their own two-wheeled adventures with friends and family. These fun, free bike rides are really accessible and will help inspire people to get out of their cars and use alternative modes of transport to get out and explore the stunning Lake District landscape this summer.”

There are 60 free Sky Ride Locals running over the summer months throughout Cumbria, including the following fantastic routes taking Place in South Lakeland.

·         Kendal Eat, Drink, Ride – 11 miler                                               28th June 2015

·         Hawkshead – Wildlife & Wilderness – 10 miler                        19th July 2015

·         Explore Windermere’s western shore by bike & boat             29th July 2015

·         Windermere – The Shore Line using the unique Bike Boat    24th August 2015

·         Staveley – Wildlife & Wilderness – 7 miler                                30th August 2015

To register for a ride, visit goskyride.com/cumbria