Friday, 1 August 2014

Cycling's for everyone with the National Trust in the Lake District

National Trust staff in the Lakes jump on their bikes to launch a brand new cycle trail in Langdale.

The event saw the official opening of a new 5 mile cycle route to Langdale, supported by the £6.9million GoLakes Travel programme. Virtually all off-road, it expands the cycling network around the northern end of Windermere and complements other recent two-wheeled developments including the gentle western shore route and the newly introduced 'bike boat'.
It was a great day - the merry band of cyclists took in Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge before riding through to Elterwater and onto the Langdale Valley. The beautiful scenery and thoughts of a pub lunch at Sticklebarn at the end of the ride kept everyone moving along the 5 mile route.

David Robinson, Access and Recreation Developer with the Lake District National Park Authority, said: "What a fantastic way to celebrate the work we've done through the GoLakes Travel Programme to open up Langdale for leisure cycling. Before the new trail, people couldn't really cycle along the scenic route between Elterwater and Dungeon Ghyll without either having a mountain bike or going on the road, so this is a great, way for people to safely cycle one of the Lake District's most iconic valleys."

Among the intrepid cyclists was Neil Winder, Ranger for the Langdale Valley, who cut the ribbon to officially open the trail. He said: "This route's got the lot - wonderful woodland, lakeshore and the dramatic Langdale fells - and it's traffic-free. Leaving the car behind is good for your health, a great day out for the kids and fewer car journeys are brilliant for keeping the Lakes special, for ever, for everyone."

Skelwith Meadows
Langdale old road heading to Stickle Barn

Click the link below to see one young man all smiles in Langdale.


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