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New Rides Announced for Sky Ride Local Cumbria

September 1, 2015

Active Cumbria, along with a partnership of organisations across Cumbria, have announced a second phase of brand new rides as part of the exciting Sky Ride Local programme. 

So far this year, Sky Ride Local has seen hundreds of riders of all abilities take to their bikes and explore Cumbria and the Lake District on two wheels. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic local routes, the rides showcase some of the best sights the county has to offer.

Thanks to investment from British Cycling, See More: Cumbria and the Lake District, Active Cumbria, the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Carlisle Council the partnership has just announced a series of new rides, including routes that have never been ridden by Sky Ride Local riders before.

Bruce Lawson, Senior Manager (Development) for Active Cumbria says:

‘We are delighted with the fantastic take up on the initial phase of the Sky Ride Local programme.  We are keen to see even more people signing up to enjoy the benefits that cycling can bring to individuals and local communities.  The Active Cumbria investment is specifically targeted at areas, where traditionally, cycling activities have not previously been available.  In many cases, we are offering free bike hire to further remove barriers to individuals so that they can participate.” 

South Lakeland District Council’s portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, Councillor Graham Vincent, 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 has been a great success so far in South Lakeland and the wider county this summer and promotes whole family involvement in cycling,  leading to healthy exercise and a lifetime of cycle use.’’

Sky Ride Local has ran successfully since 2012 in the Lake District and Carlisle with locals and tourists alike taking part in hundreds of Sky Rides. This summer, the programme has been broadened out across the whole county and with the addition of the new rides more people than ever can enjoy getting on their bikes in Cumbria.

The new series of rides will begin on 5th September, just in time for the prestigious Tour of Britain, so there’s no better time to get cycling in Cumbria. The race rolls into Cumbria on 9th and 10th of September, passing though Carlisle, Allerdale and Eden, and what’s more, cycling fans can look forward to a selection of celebration rides in honour of the Tour.

Gareth Field, Outdoor and Sports Programme Manager, Lake District for the National Trust says:

“We are really excited to be associated with the Tour of Britain celebration ride in Cockermouth. The ride gets to see some of the best parts of the Northern Lake District, starting at the stunning Wordsworth House and Gardens.”

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Upcoming rides include:

Cleator Moor - Wildlife & Wilderness - 13 miler Sunday 20th September 2015 at 11.00am Starting from: Copeland Bowling Centre Off Wyndham St CA25 5AN

Kendal - Eat, Drink & Ride - 11 miler - Sunday 20th September 2015 at 10.00am 

Keswick – Wildlife and Wilderness – 12 miler September 27th Sunday 11am Ride to Force Crag Mine 

Walney Island - Wildlife and Wilderness - 10 miler, Sunday 4th October 2015 at 1.00pm  - Starting from: End of Sandy Gap Lane (near small white building) Near junction with Biggar Bank Road LA14 3JT

Explore the Backwaters around KeswickSeptember 22 Tuesday 11am - Threlkeld – Fell Care Day Ride – all welcome – 7 miler

Whitehaven - Wildlife and Wilderness - 7 miler Sunday 4th October 2015 at 11.00am  - Starting from: Mirehouse Community Centre 19 Seathwaite Avenue CA28 9SW

Dalton - Wildlife & Wilderness - 8 miler Sunday 18th October 2015 at 1.00pm  - Starting from: Dalton Leisure Centre Chapel Street LA15 8DA