Get pedalling on North East’s newest route (Opens today Saturday 28th April)

People and businesses in Redcar and Cleveland are set to welcome the newest addition to the National Cycle Network (NCN) on Saturday 28 April at 1.00pm at the Saltburn Railway Station Portico, as National Route 168 opens between Kildale in the North York Moors, Guisborough and Saltburn-by-the- Sea.

This new route will also become part of the 6,000kmNorth Sea Cycle Route, bringing cycle tourists fromcountries like Holland and Belgium into the Borough, as well as encouraging UK visitors on day rides and touring trips. Local people too can use the route foreveryday journeys and be less reliant on a car.

To mark the occasion, a led-ride is being organised for the 28 April, leaving from Saltburn following a ceremonial ribbon cutting in the town by Mayor Cllr Olwyn Peters, following which riders will be played on their way by the Marske Brass Band.

Philip Chisholm co-ordinates Sustrans volunteer ranger group in Redcar and Cleveland.  He said, “It’s great news that the North Sea Cycle Route is coming to Redcar & Cleveland, our town has been missing out on one of the great cycle routes in Europe!

“I can’t wait to ride it with so many others on Saturday 28 April and hope other Redcar people will be inspired to get out on their bikes – or indeed on foot – this summer and use the route.”

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, the Forestry Commission, the North York Moors National Park Authority and North Yorkshire County Council have worked with Sustrans to develop the new route. Kildale and Saltburn are already on the NCN.

For further information on the ride, or the route, please contact Philip Chisholm on 07802 836 414. The ride leaves the Saltburn Leisure centre at park at 1:10pm into the Town Square for the Green ribbon launch. Or just join us in the square at the Sustrans display stand with the Brass Band.


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