As you bike it ... the new cycle centre will ofer a spectacular 1,000ft
experience. Photograph courtesy of Richard Burdon
Located at the top of the breathtaking bank, the aim is to encourage more people to cycle and enjoy the national park whose officials say it t is probably the best of its kind for cycling.
Key to the project is the combining of a new 4.5-kilometre family cycle route taking cyclists along the stunning Sutton Bank cliff with the existing bridleway network. Built by park staff with permission of landowners in the area, the family trail links into many kilometres of waymarked and managed routes suitable for a wide variety of abilities.
Sutton Bank Bikes will have cycle hire, retail sales of mountain bikes and road bikes with a range of clothing and accessories as well as repair and servicing.
It will also offer cycling tuition and skills development, events and offer guided and self-guided cycle rides for cyclists of all abilities, but particularly families and those returning or new to cycling. Trailers and Tag-A-Long bikes for young children as well as tandem and electric bikes will be available.
The centre will feature a purpose-built skills area and bikewash arranged around the existing visitor centre, café and parking areas, while due to its central location within a network of cycle friendly lanes, a series of road riding loops will be mapped out for the visitor.
Sutton Bank Bikes, which will be open all year round, aims to stress the educational side of the venture by engaging with the wider community, local authorities, schools, colleges and independent organisations.
The partnership has the potential to make the new business a leading cycling centre of the north and to make Sutton Bank a ‘must visit’ destination.