Northumberland National Park has been supporting the development of countryside cycling resources from Hadrian’s Wall to Wooler over the past few years.
The low-traffic lanes and cyclist-friendly accommodation surrounding the cycle hubs at Haltwhistle, Wooler, Bellingham and Kielder, with local access to equipment rental, make family cycling an easy option and a wide range of graded trails and guides have been published to help people enjoy them.
Now, all that information is to be made available at a click with The Cycle PaD, a one-stop online knowledge shop bringing together everything cyclists might need to know about Northumberland.
Supported by Northumberland National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund, www.cyclepad.org.uk is a new social enterprise set up to coordinate cycling resources in the area. From March 7, The Cycle PaD (Portal and Directory) will provide a central point for the wealth of cycling equipment and event providers, routes and guides that Northumberland National Park and the county has to offer.
Run as a not-for-profit business, The Cycle PaD is an information resource to assist any group, individual, business or public body to get the very best out of cycling amongst the best of the county’s quiet roads and stunning landscapes.
The National Park is now on the map as a foremost cycling location and hosts three outstanding annual cycle challenge events: The Bellingham Blast in the North Tyne Valley and Kielder Water and Forest Park (21-22 September); The Wooler Wheel in Glendale and the Cheviots (11 May and 5 October); and the Virgin Money Cyclone challenges (27 – 30 June). The National Park Authority also sponsors the Virgin Money CycloneCurlew Cup, the women’s elite road race launched last year and won by Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey.
The Cycle PaD will initially feature content within the National Park area, but will grow to cover all of Northumberland during 2013 with a full launch in September to lead into the county’s ‘Northumberland: Our Active Spirit’ national marketing campaign in 2014.
The Cycle PaD is keen to develop partnerships to grow the site and join in the journey of Everything Cycling!
Graham Vickers, one of the directors of The Cycle PaD said: “The National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund award allowed us to take ‘The Cycle PaD’ from a concept to a real entity. We are just beginning to develop the initiative, and will be re-investing in phase 2 of the website in 2013.”
He continued: “Over the years many of us cycling devotees, in particular Ted Liddle of CycleTRAX, have been working with local authorities to coordinate the cycling offer in our region. We believe that The Cycle PaD will do this and also stimulate other initiatives. Northumberland is a sleeping giant for cycle tourism, and we aim to emulate the way that successful cycle destinations such as Switzerland and Spain showcase cycling to achieve social, economic and health benefits.”
Category: Northumberland National Park