Garstang cyclist helps others pedal right path

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A cyclist from Garstang has teamed up with a couple of Yorkshire cycling enthusiasts to create a website for cyclists across Northern England.

The site features a database of suggested routes for mountain-biking and road-biking enthusiasts stretching across Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire and North-East England.

The routes are written up with turn-by-turn instructions, photographs and Ordnance Survey map references and there are also links to suggested accommodation, café stops and inns.

Garstang cyclist Norman Hadley, of Moss Lane, is better known for his poetry in his home town than his cycling.

He says he got involved in the project following a chance encounter mountain-biking in the Dales last summer.

He said: “I was rattling down a track in Wharfedale when I saw a couple of riders with their bikes on the ground. There’s an ancient code of chivalry among riders that says you never pass someone if they might have a puncture or breakage.

“So I stopped to check and we got chatting. It turned out they’d just started a website covering just the Yorkshire Dales and we discussed expanding the idea into the Lakes and the Forest of Bowland.

“The idea grew so quickly we needed a new name,

“We want to create a space for the cycling community to share favourite routes, check the weather forecast and swop tips on places to eat, drink or buy new kit.”

The site caters for all abilities, from easy family rides along the Conder Green railway track to technical, rocky descents in the Lakes.

Local rides include Grizedale, Beacon Fell and the Trough of Bowland, with more to be added over the coming months.