Sutton Bank National Park open new family cycle trails
PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 August 2014
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New North Yorkshire family cycle trails open following the success of the Tour de France
Family-friendly and adventure cycling trails with some of the most spectacular views in the country have opened in North Yorkshire. More than 28 miles of dedicated trails around Sutton Bank National Park Centre have been developed including three off-road trails, a skills park for younger children, six road routes, and a cycling shop including bike hire. The trails have been developed over two years by North York Moors National Park staff together with Sutton Bank Bikes, which is based at the centre.
Adrian Carter, who runs Dalby Bike Barn in Dalby Forest and has helped develop the cycle trails, said the routes are graded according to ability. ‘The surfaces are prepared where necessary, so they’re suitable for everyone from the complete beginner to the most experienced mountain biker – and with six road-cycling routes and many quiet country lanes, we can offer something for both the road and the off-road rider, which we believe is special for a trail centre in this country.
‘And the great thing is that the centre is at nearly 1,000ft above sea level – so it offers spectacular elevated views, but the car has already done a lot of the hard work to get you here.’
Sutton Bank Bikes provides cycle hire and sells mountain and road bikes, clothing and accessories and offers servicing and repairs. Staff also give cycling tuition and skills development. There are events, guided and self-guided rides for cyclists of all abilities, particularly families, beginners and those returning to cycling. Trailers and tag-a-long bikes for young children, as well as tandems and electric bikes are also available.
Michael Graham, assistant director of park services, added: ‘This venture builds firmly on the wonderful legacy of the Tour de France and the national park’s strong belief in promoting cycling for all on its numerous scenic bridleways and trail centres.
‘The partnership has the potential to make the new business a leading cycling centre in the north and to make Sutton Bank a must-visit destination. With Dalby, the Moor to Sea Cycle Network and many old railway lines and bridleways in the region, the North York Moors National Park is already one of the best places in the country for cycling and walking – this adds yet another dimension.
‘Thanks must go to our rangers, field staff, apprentices and volunteers who have worked around the clock on creating and signing the trails.’ n
For more information on cycling in the North York Moors National Park, visit northyorkmoors.org.uk/cycling