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North York Moors National Park pumps tens of thousands into cycling at Sutton Bank
CYCLING in the North York Moors National Park is in line for a boost after plans were announced for a £60,000 investment in facilities at Sutton Bank.
The National Park has announced proposals for a cycle centre in partnership with Pace Cycles, the company behind the Dalby Bike Barn in Dalby Forest, and a new bike route.
The park is spending £60,000 on cycling at Sutton Bank, including a new £10,000 4.5km bike route, as well as skills training areas, bike wash facilities, and a new cycle shop.
The new facilities are scheduled to open in October, and the bike track will take cyclists through woods and farmland, and along Sutton Bank’s cliff edge to the north of the visitor centre and car park.
“It’s a lovely mixed route through forests and farmland, with stunning views,” park services director Richard Gunton said.
“People won’t need technical mountain biking skills to use it - a child who’s only just learnt to ride a bike will be able to ride it.”
Work has already begun on the trail, which is being built by National Park staff with permission from landowners. It links into many other waymarked and managed cycle routes in the area.
The new Sutton Bank Bikes shop will offer bikes for sale and hire, as well as clothing and accessories, repair and servicing, cycling tuition and skills development, events and guided and self-guided rides.
Adrian Carter of operators Pace Cycles said: “Two years in development, this unique project reinforces North Yorkshire’s position as England’s premier cycling destination.
“Sutton Bank Bikes’ spectacular location combines road rides on quiet country lanes with wild rides on the open moor, family friendly trails with technically challenging natural riding and a great café and visitor centre.”
The park recently missed out on a share of £94million of cycling funding announced by the government this month. Four other National Parks shared around £17million to encourage cycling, but the North York Moors’ bid - which would have helped upgrade the cinder track between Whitby and Scarborough and opened up cycle routes into the park from Teeside - was not successful.