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Act now to Make Trails for Wales!

2 September 2015
The Welsh Government wants to improve the opportunities to access the outdoors. CTC, together with Open MTB and partners, sees this as a chance to open up the Welsh countryside while also putting pressure on England to do likewise – and we need your help!
Trails for Wales

Currently in Wales, the Rights of Way system is based upon recorded historic use of routes instead of suitability. As a result, cyclists have rights to use just 21% of the network, with permission to ride along narrow rocky sheep tracks on steep ground but denied access to thousands of miles of public footpaths lying on metalled farm and forest roads.


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"Make Wales off-road centre of UK" says cycle coalition

"Increased off-road access to rural Wales would give a healthy boost to the economy," say CTC and Open MTB.
Mountain Bikers in Wales

Today (Tuesday 1 September 2015) CTC Cymru, Open MTB, Welsh Cycling and British Cycling applauded the Welsh Government’s proposal to adopt similar rules on access to the countryside as those enjoyed in Scotland, and is calling on all outdoor enthusiasts to support their campaign Trails for Wales, which they can do at www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/trails-wales

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office & Open MTB
0778 632 0713 or email publicity@ctc.org.uk

Notes to Editors: 

1. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone: www.ctc.org.uk

2. OpenMTB has been formed to act co-operatively on behalf of organisations on issues that concern mountain bikers, such as improved access rights, user group consultations, trail improvement and maintenance etc. Early in 2015 representatives from a number of mountain bike associations met journalists and industry experts from across England and Wales to see how they could work together for the benefit of our community.  In the past it has been difficult for governing bodies to consult our diverse community due to the lack of a single point of contact, and OpenMTB was formed as a result. www.facebook.com/OpenMTB / www.twitter.com/OpenMTB 

3. The Welsh Government’s consultation “Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation” can be found in English at: http://gov.wales/consultations/environmentandcountryside/improving-oppor... and Welsh at: http://gov.wales/consultations/environmentandcountryside/improving-oppor...

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Could Wales lead the way in off-road access?

On Friday 10 July, the Welsh Government launched its consultation 'Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation'.
Mountain biking in Wales

Campaigners, including CTC and a recently formed consortium of representatives from the mountain bike community called the MTB Advocacy Group see this as having great potential for off-road cycling in Wales.

The Welsh Government has ensured the emphasis of the consultation is on "providing easy and affordable access to quality local green space and outdoor recreation activities close to where people live." 

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My favourite ride: Surrey

Surrey is a fabulous place in which to be a cyclist: the Olympic road route, the Tour of Britain and of course RideLondon have all passed through its borders recently. CTC's Julie Rand shares the wealth of excellent off-road riding to be found in the county.
Rider on track by Cut Mill

Ride: Godalming (Surrey) – Eashing – Shakleford – Tilford – Frensham – Elstead – Thursley – Milford – Godalming
Distance: c.22 miles 

Maps: Surrey Cycle Guides 4 and 6    Ordnance Survey Landranger 186 Aldershot and Guildford, OS Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham

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Boardman HT Pro Cycle Magazine Review

Boardman HT Pro
Boardman HT Pro

At any given price, a 26-inch wheel hardtail should have a better specification than a full suspension bike or a hardtail 29er. When that price is ‘under £1,000’, where one poor component choice can tip the balance on a bike’s performance, there’s a strong case for choosing an uncompromised, 26er hardtail – like this Boardman HT Pro.

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AirBag Enjoyment - Leicester

The atmosphere was sparkling at the Ride Leicester and City Festivals. As the CTC’s contribution to the event, we wanted to bring something new to Leicester. The AirBag was perfect – fun, a little scary, a great spectacle.

It was lively on Humberstone Gate on Monday 18 August as people passing by gave it their best go and a few groups came down from around the city to practice whips and flips.

The CTC Cycling Champions Project has been supporting urban mountain biking groups in Leicester for several years, including offering events and training.  The city now has a pool of people who are very well qualified to teach, and free monthly skills sessions: for all adults, women only, and family groups.


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Pedals - Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Welcome message for visitors: 

Pedals offer inclusive cycling sessions at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. The centre has a good range of adapted bikes to choose from, please take a look a CTCs guide to adapted cycles for more information.   


  • Riders enjoy cycling around the park on naturally designed level pathways.  
  • People with a variety of disabilities are welcome at the centre.  
  • Their adapted bikes include hand cranked side by side cycles and trikes to try, click here to see a few photos of their fleet.
About the centre: 

Pedals is a CTC affiliated site, run by Huntingdonshire District Council. The Sport and Active Lifestyles team run sessions as part of the DASH project, a Sport England funded initiative that aims to get more people participating in sport and physical activity.

Hinchingbrooke Park is situated in Huntingdon near Hinchingbrooke Hopsital.     

The country park has a wealth of wildlife everywhere which covers 170 acres, and includes open grasslands, meadows, woodlands and lakes. Whether you are riding a bike, walking the dog, exploring with your children, enjoying tea and home made cakes in the cafe or having a picnic, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful space. 

This well adapted park has two routes for Pedals Scheme adaptive cycles and even has a specially designed and varied course for mountain bikers to use as well. 

Originally it formed part of the large estate surrounding Hinchingbrooke House, which is mainly a Tudor style building with remnants of the early 13th century nunnery. The house and grounds were given by Henry 8th to the Cromwell family in 1538 at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. Queen Elizabeth I came here, King James I visited and Oliver Cromwell played here as a child.


Step 2 - Centre details
Centre Facilities: 
Facility Details: 

There is a charge for parking

Opening Times: 

Open: March - November

Sessions: Mondays, 2pm til 3pm 
Extra sessions during school holidays

Step 3 - Location
Location Details: 

Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Brecon Way, Brampton Road
Huntingdon, Cambridgshire
PE29 6DB

By Bike: on NCN route 12
By Bus: 45, 66, 400, 401
By Road: off B1514, near A14  
By Rail: Huntingdon

Step 4 - Contact Details and Links
Contact name: 
Martin Grey - Senior Sports Development Officer
Phone number: 
01480 388 244
Extra Contact Details: 

Alternatively please contact the Sports and Active Lifestyles Team on: 01480 387 098

For further details on the scheme call Hinchingbrooke Country Park on: 01480 388 666

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Step 5 - Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities: 

Want to help? There are various ways in which you could volunteer:

Sessional Support
Additional Events Support
Cycle Maintenance  
Other opportunities

Hinchingbrooke Country Park
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Architectural design competition for Parkwood Springs

Parkwood Springs, the beautifully succesful mountain bike trail that CTC's Dan Cook has been instrumental in putting in place in Sheffield is running a visitor centre design competition, called VeloCity.
VeloCity Architecture

This Friday sees the judging of the competition, with me as part of the judging panel, alongside well-known faces including fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and MP Julian Huppert, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, as well as specialist architects and designers


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Muddy brilliant - the 2014 CTC Devon Dirt is a success!

This year's CTC Devon Dirt on 11 May was a great success, despite poor weather and problems with signage. Over 400 riders of all ages took to the bridleways and tracks of Dartmoor and South Devon to complete the 70km off-road course, according to event organiser Graham Brodie.
Mountain bikers in the mud

Last Sunday's CTC Devon Dirt attracted over 400 riders who thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, despite many of them having difficulty navigating the 70km course because some people had removed route arrow signs just before the event.

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Women only Trail Mountain Bike Leader course

15 April 2014
CTC are running a women only Trail Leader Award course at Young Bristol in June, so here's your chance to get on the right course, with the right Trainer - Sally Berry - and enjoy it from start to finish!
Woman riding over a slope on a mountain bike

Clear your diary for the 13-15 June and come with us to achieve your Trail Leader Award in Bristol.  It's a great venue, with lovely riding and the course will be shaped around your needs, experiences and future desires.  See where the Trail Leader course led previous participant Sharon Harrod.


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