New £20k cycle route open to all

Local rider Mike Sing testing out the course. (S)
Local rider Mike Sing testing out the course. (S)

Enthusiastic young cyclists have been trying out a new £20,000 mountain bike trail which has been opened to the public near Harrogate.

The action-packed 1.2km route, next to Fewston Reservoir, has been opened at Yorkshire Water’s Beecroft Plantation and is free to the public.

The idea is to offer cyclists, of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to test and develop their riding skills.

“We’re always looking at new ways to ensure that there’s something for everyone at our reservoir sites,” said Geoff Lomas from Yorkshire Water.

“We used experienced mountain bikers to help us develop the action-packed trail, which offers something for everyone, regardless of your ability on a mountain bike.”

The course, which features bumps and jumps of varying degrees of difficulty - along with ‘chicken runs’ for those who want to avoid the obstacles - was designed using input from local mountain bikers.

The aim is to ensure there is something for everyone, regardless of their level of ability, and is part of the wider 9km cycle network in the Washburn Valley.

It’s the first mountain bike trail the company has created at one of its reservoir sites and the company is not ruling out creating more in the future.

David Sokald, tutor at Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre and the head of mountain biking praised the new route: “The most important thing about the trail is it’s fun to ride. “