Praise for LDNPA and Go Lakes Travel as study shows cyclists brought to the Lake District

The Westmorland Gazette: Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, with Caroline Gilbert of British Cycling Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, with Caroline Gilbert of British Cycling

PRAISE has been heaped on the Lake District for being the first national park to host a major cycling scheme.

British Cycling has thanked GoLakes Travel for bringing 33 rides and 364 participants to the area since last May.

Sky Ride Local, a series of free guided bike rides, kicked off with a special ride featuring Cumbrian-born TV star Helen Skelton in Cartmel – and has gone from strength to strength since.

Stewart Kellett, of British Cycling, said: "The partnership we’ve formed with Go Lakes Travel has already proved to be special .

"Together we’ve created a fantastic opportunity for local people and visitors alike to enjoy guided ride in the Lake District National Park.”

British Cycling has also announced a new series of free guided rides to run this spring in the national park.

Claire Maclaine, GoLakes travel programme manager, said: "There’s a real enthusiasm for cycling and these fun rides are a great way for families and friends to discover quiet and traffic-free routes, along with enthusiastic guides who can help build their confidence.”

The full schedule of 2014 guided rides will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

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