'They are all an inspiration' – volunteers take lead in new cycle patrol
A group of volunteers have joined a dedicated cycle patrol team as part of efforts to help others experience the natural beauty of the North York Moors. The team based at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, owned by the North York Moors National Park Authority, now carry out regular patrols of four cycle tracks that originate from the centre.
The new group aims to be a point of contact for members of the public using the routes, and being ready to assist with giving directions, pointing out features of interest and answering any queries. Another important aspect of their role is keeping a watching brief on the condition of the trails, making sure they remain safe and looking out for any hazards.
Cycle Patrol Volunteer Harry Pearson said: “We want to enhance the experience for bikers and walkers using the trails. We hope that by being out and about on the trails, and having a friendly and approachable presence with advice and assistance, we can help those using the routes to get the maximum enjoyment from their visit.
"As a volunteer it’s great to know you’re playing a part, however modest, in preserving and protecting this wonderful environment, but the best bit is getting to ride my bike in such a varied, interesting and stunning landscape.
Each of the volunteers is First Aid trained and carry hand tools for light maintenance, such as cutting back nettles or flattening molehills. They are also able to help with puncture repairs and carry a few tools to assist with minor bike maintenance.
Chris Pye, Sutton Bank National Park Centre Manager said: “They are all an inspiration - each one prepared to give their time to assist others in this beautiful landscape. Our routes are ideal for anyone wanting to explore this area on bike or by foot, with each route having varying degrees of difficulty.
"I cannot thank the volunteers enough for all their hard work, as well as Peter Reynolds, one of our National Park Centre Assistants who came up with the idea. With their help our trails will be kept in the best condition and we cannot wait to welcome many more cyclists to enjoy them."
The four mountain bike trails are:
- Cliff - family friendly 3 mile 'green' circular off-road cycle trail, mostly level, part of which follows the famous cliff edge
- Fort - 7.5 mile 'blue' trail with 361m ascent/descent (70% stone, 30% natural surface) runs out past the site of the Iron Age fort at Boltby Scar. A shorter loop of 5.5 miles avoids the ascent/descent and is suitable for families. The Fort route also includes part of the Cliff Trail along the cliff edge
- Drovers - add a little more distance and variety without increasing the difficulty on the 'blue' 10 mile figure of eight trail, which passes High Paradise Farm for refreshments. Please note that opening times are reduced to selective weekends throughout autumn and winter.
- Paradise - a 17-mile 'red' trail for experienced mountain bikers, through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the National Park. Expect a few technical features and a steep climb or two
If you would like to learn more about our Sutton Bank National Park Centre please visit: northyorkmoors.org.uk/suttonbank
If you would like to get involved and become a part of our amazing volunteer team please visit: northyorkmoors.org.uk/volunteering
Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
T: 01439 772700
About the North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families. To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit northyorkmoors.org.uk
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