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The South Lakes Group

Your local off-road cycle touring club

 For cyclists who love off road leisure cycling in South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales

Part of the ‘Where the Brew Stop? The off-road cycle touring website’. The site about off-road cycle touring routes, cyclist’s cafes, local group events , the South Lakes Group and good photos.

Cumbria Cycle Co-ordination Group

Meeting held on 18/04/07

 CCC Offices Kendal




Allan McNicoll               Cumbria CC

Alex McCoskrie (Chair) Cumbria Tourism

Richard Greene               Cumbria Tourism

Barney Hill                      Lake District National Park Authority

Jason Dixey                    Cumbria CC

Jo Ratcliffe                       Environment Agency

Richard Ingham               Capita Symonds

Simeon Orme                   Rough Stuff Fellowship

Barrie Usherwood            Rough Stuff Fellowship

Rupert Douglas                Cooper Douglas & Sustrans

Mark Allum                      Yorkshire Dales National Park

Carol Robertson                Copeland BC

Phil Webster                      Alston YHA

Andy Miles                        Sustrans

Jim Loxham                       National Trust

Iain Herbert                        Hadrians Heritage

Nick Raymond                   CCC Area Engineer (South Lakeland)

1)   Apologies:

   Robin Martakies             Windermere Lake Cruises  

   Paul Lee                           Stagecoach

   Jason Dixey                     Cumbria CC

   Judith Moore                    Friends of the Lake District

   Simon Wilson                   North Pennines AONB Partnership

   Ted Liddle                         I M B A

   Fiona Tubman                   West Lakes District Tourism Ptnr

   Nick Cotton                       Cycle Consultant

   Shane Harris                   North Pennines AONB Partnership

               Graeme Wheelhouse          Cumbria CCC ( Barrow)

               Simon Walker                    Egremont Regeneration

               Sarah Mitchell                    Cleator Moor Regeneration

               Rose Wolfe                         Solway AONB  

               Fiona Tubman                   West Lakes District Tourism Ptnr


               Everyone introduced themselves


     2)      Minutes/ Matters Arising

 Minutes of last meeting accepted

AMcN noted that Northern Trains (covering Cumbria Coast,Settle & Carlisle, Carlisle to Newcastle) had recently published its Cycling Strategy and there were a number of actions proposed the group could link into.- copies available through AMcN

A Community Rail Officer is proposed for the Cumbrian Coast line and this could help take forward a number of the initiatives.  

   3)      Bike Fest (AMcCo)

 The Cumbria Cycling Festival is to be held on the week 7th – 13th May, County wide and specifically on  11th to 13th at Lowther, near Penrith.

‘Detailed Events’ have been appointed by Cumbria Tourism and they have been engaged with local cycle businesses.

There is a stand alone website ; www.cumbriabikefest.co.uk


A second version of the leaflet has been prepared and Northern Trains are helping to distribute it .There is scope to access Lowther by bike via Langwathby Station then on C2C .

A route from Penrith station to Lowther via the underpass under A66 at Brougham has been agreed.

The proposed redevelopment of Lowther Gardens and the potential of new cycle links was raised – the planning application is awaited.

4) Cycle Cumbria Website www.cyclingcumbria.co.uk  (AMcCo)

The first phase of the new dedicated cycling website complete.

Further comments and views to AMcCo at Cumbria Tourism are welcomed.

5) Cycling Development Officer Update (AMcN)

The post which has now external funding for 1 year which hopefully can be extended to 3 years is to be advertised in April. This will be done in local papers and Hexham and Dumfries weekly.

Noted that there was a need to advertise post in countryside jobs.

Action Pt : AMcN to ensure  job advertised in countryside jobs

6) Rights of Way Improvement Plan (AM)

The RoWIP has been finalised and is going to Councils Cabinet in June for approval.

The Plan contains a number of proposals relating to cycling which have been prioritised . However  presently no funding to implement.

         Action Pt : AM to make ROWIP available on disc and through link for group

                             and ROWIP to be future agenda item

7) Publications Update (RD)

a guide on rides around Ulverston to be published this year.

a guide on rides in the Solway AONB to be ready for Bike Fest.

a guide on rides around Coniston to be developed .

a guide on rides around Penrith and a revamp of eden circular route to be done this year.

a guide on cycle routes around Egremont to be produced in ’07.

the Wheels to the Wild (map/booklet of routes around Nth Pennines AONB) to be launched around Bike Fest.

8) Route Developments Update (AMcN)

NCN 72 -HCW : Ted Liddle has produced a report for Hadrians Wall Heritage indicating where sections still need improved eg Maryport to Silloth and through Carlisle.  

The section at Flimby under railway being progressed

The section between Seascale and Sellafield presently being improved by Sustrans through funding by British Nuclear Group.

IH indicated that Hadrians Wall Heritage looking to appoint a Sustainable Access Officer to help take things forward .

NCN 6  

The section through Dunmail Raise (between Ambleside and Keswick ) is a priority for improvement and Sustrans are preparing revised plans to sumit to LDNPA

There is a need to look at proposals again through Ambleside and this could be tied into the work being done for Ambleside Masterplan

RCN37 (Ambleside via Coniston to Greenod)

It is aimed to complete the section from Ambleside through to Coniston this year;

an outstanding issue to be resolved is the short section between Elterwater and Little Langdale on an Unclassified Road.  

Action Point : Andy Miles to arrange meeting to look at outstanding issues

RCN 20 – W2W

W2W to be opened to Whitby in Summer ; there is an article in recent Cycling Plus on route. Further info from Rupert Douglas.

Other Routes

No update available on Lune Valley proposal

A draft map of the Strategic Cycle Network for Cumbria is presently being finalised

Action Pt : AMcN to circulate map and updated schedule of route development at next meeting

9) Cycling for Health Update (NC)

Funded for working in west and north Cumbria, the work is focussing on 5 key areas namely Carlisle,Millom,Penrith,Whitehaven,and Workington.

Workload includes setting up Refresher Courses; Learner to Ride Courses ,organising events and supporting community groups.

150 applicants have been received (90 % female) and so far 77 have been involved with 12 leaders trained; further courses happening imminently.

10 adult bikes/ bike trailer have been received through Better Ways to School/ Amey which will allow bikes to be provided for people across the designated part of the County.

There is also the possibility of receiving 100 bikes from Centerparcs.      

10) AOB

Branding - a draft cycling code for Cumbria was previously distributed by RD for comments and a meeting to consider this and other branding issues will be arranged .The potential for the use of cartoons was raised.

                     Action Pt : RD to arrange meeting


Remit will be drawn up for Cycle Tourism group and distributed.

Action Pt : AMcN to distribute prior to next meeting

Cumbria Tourism are developing marketing strategy post foot & mouth and

                   2008 is to be the year of adventure.Any comments welcome to AMcC


11) DoNM


 2p.m  on 26th September 2007 at County Council Offices, Kendal   




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