The South Lakes Group
Your local off-
For cyclists who love off road leisure cycling in South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales
Part of the ‘Where the Brew Stop? The off-
Notes of Cumbria Cycle Co-
held at the County Council Offices,Kendal
on 3rd March 2006
Jonathan Smith (Chair) ,Cumbria County Council
Allan McNicoll , Cumbria County Council
Jason Dixey, Cumbria County Council
Guy Weller, Cumbria County Council
Graham Wheelhouse Cumbria County Council
Richard Greenwood , Cumbria Tourism Board
Alex McCoskrie, Cumbria Tourism Board
Richard Greene, Cumbria Tourism Board
Rupert Douglas, Cooper Douglas Partnership
Nick Cotton, Consultant
Alastair McNeill , South Lakeland District Council
Chris Ford, Cycle Active
Andy Miles, Sustrans
Dave Lowe, Forestry Commission
Robin Martakies, Windermere Lake Cruises
Deborah Hall, Hadrian’s Wall Tourism Partnership
Iain Mann, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Jo Cleary, Cleary Stevens Consultancy/Gill Cycles/Friends of Lake District
Philip Webster, YHA: Millom
Toby Harling, Carlisle City Council
Jessica Goodfellow, Eden District Council
Carol Robertson, Copeland Borough Council
David Bannerman, Amey Mouchel (Highways Agency)
Barney Hill, Lake District National Park Authority
Paul Lee, Stagecoach North West
Richard Ingham, Capita Symonds
Mark Sandamass, Pennine Events
Simon Wilson, North Pennines AONB
Ted Liddle, Transport Initiatives Consultancy
John Colhoun, West Cumbria Cycle Forum
John Reynolds, Allerdale BC
Kathyrn O’Brien, Northern Trains
Andrew Beavon, (Total Adventure) Grizedale Mountain Bike Centre
Jim Loxham, National Trust
Haydn Morris, Consultant
Steve Taylor, Capita Symonds
3.Minutes of Meeting of 23rd June 2005
4.Cycle Tourism Prospectus
It is proposed to hold a half day workshop in May (either 19th or 26th ) to launch the prospectus to organisations which support/involved in cycle tourism.Organised by CTB and all members of the Cycle Co-
Action Pt : Richard Greenwood to invite Cycle Co-
There was general concensus that the identification and development of cycle hubs was integral to taking forward the ‘prospectus’ .The need for a full time cycle –co-
The funding from the County Council for the proposed cycle co-
The need to explore options to find the funding through other sources was raised with funding for the Community Rail Partnership Officer on the ‘Windermere Railway ‘being used as a possible example.
Action Pt : Richard Greenwood to write to Local Authorities and other Agencies seeking support.
5. Cycling Events/2007 Festival
A range of events are proposed for this year with the Cycling Festival in 2007 to be at Lowther.
The CTB will be marketing cycling events at the British tourism show ? in Birmingham.
and the RU up 4 IT brochure will be revised.
The popularity of cycling events was highlighted though they need someone to organise them.
6. Cumbria Cycling Map
A short presentation was given on the map which is presently being produced in time for April launch.Retailing at £2 , it will provide ideas for both tourists and residents of potential areas of the County for cycling including identifying quiet roads /off road routes for families as well as public transport information.As well as TIC’s , bike shops could be used to sell it with possible scope for circulation through Hills.
The aim will be for this map to be followed by more detailed maps/leaflets covering specific areas of the County.
The issue of the need to ensure all future maps/leaflets had clear similar branding was raised and a potential example of what this could look like was circulated.The problem of ensuring similiar branding with the Hadrians Wall Tourism publication was highlighted ; particular difficulties with publications across county boundaries.
It was proposed to examine this issue of branding further through setting up a sub –group comprising Rupert Douglas ,Richard Greene,Alex McCroskie,Deborah Hall,Chris Ford , Barney Hill and Allan McNicoll.
Action Pt : Allan McNicoll to set meeting up for above sub – group.
Subsequent to the meeting it was considered there would be clear merit in revising the cover of the Cumbria Cycle Map to ensure its branding would be similar to future maps/leaflets to come forward and the CTB and CC are to consider further proposed details from Rupert Douglas’s consultancy.
The prospectus sets out the merit in having a dedicated Cumbria-
Presently CTB has asked that their website Lake District Outdoors which includes a section on cycling is updated and the issue is whether this will suffice or whether we still need at least a portal from this website to a Cycle Cumbria page linking into all relevant websites.
Action Point : Allan McNicoll to set up small sub-
8.a) Hadrians Cycleway(HCW)
The route is to be launched from Silloth on Wednesday 19th July through to South Shields with stop o/n in Carlisle.Sustrans in association with Hadrians Tourism Partnership are organising a trail blazing ride starting at Oxenholme which will give the opportunity to highlight recent work being undertaken at Gilpin Bridge and Skelwith Bridge.
There are still issues to overcome with the HCW in particular through Carlisle and north of Maryport to Silloth.
b) Walney to Wear
The route is to be extended to provide a Walney to Whitby route.
There is need for better monitoring of the route with the need for more counters in Cumbria.
The signing of the remaining section in Eden should be carried out by April.
9. Cycling for Health Officer
Funded by North Cumbria Primary Care Trusts for two years and based at the County Council the post holder will be working with individuals/groups often from the most disadvantaged areas to develop and promote projects which engage them in cycling.
It is anticipated that the post holder will start April/May.
10.Any Other Business.
a) It is considered that there is a need to engage the Train Operating Companies to look at ways of improving people’s ability to carry bikes and access areas of Cumbria for cycling eg the start points of the National Cycle Network.
Action Pt: Allan McNicoll to arrange meeting with TOCs to discuss the above.
b) Reference was made to 2 schemes being developed by Amey Mouchel .
: A590 Gilpin Bridge to Stakes Moss
: A595 Chapel Brow to Oily Johnnies (Public House)
c) A Cycle Tourism Strategy is being produced for North Yorkshire
d) There is a need to take action to remove Cumbria Cycleway signs given the Council is no longer promoting it.
11. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be in September 2006