Stanley Family Cycle – Now Free to enter – Sunday May 1st

With the Stanley Family Cycle day just a couple of weeks away, the introduction to cycling around the area has been given a boost.
The organisers and the Town Council have got together and made the event available to all by making the day a free event.
Council Chairman Joan Nicholson is looking forward to the day and hopes the people of the parish will get behind the project. “This ride is very much geared to the people in the Town and surrounding area.  The Council is putting on small events across the year that are looking to bring back even more of the community feel. This is just part of what we are doing for the Town and we hope people of all ages will get behind this and other events throughout the year.”
Centred on the town’s Oakey Park, the focus of the day will see a fabulous ride of around 6 miles showing off some great landscape and countryside on the way to Beamish. To make sure it isn’t too had on the legs, we will have a half way rest up where we can hone the bike skills with the Council’s Cycle Proficiency team.
Colin Wilkes, part of the organising team: “This is an ideal way to introduce the cycle ways around the Stanley area to a wider audience.  People still need to ‘sign up’ so we know how many to expect – although there will be a limited amount of on the day spaces available.  This is all due to the extra funding that we can offer a great day without charge.”
Along with the ride, there will be other stalls including bike protection marking by the local police, and also some advice on healthy lifestyle.
The event, on Sunday 1st May, will be an opportunity to see some of the best of the countryside around the Stanley area and will also publicise the planned opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.
For more information, please see the facebook page: Stanley Family Cycle

Getting ahead for the Stanley Family Ride.

With less than a month to go things are taking shape for the Stanley Family Ride on 1st May 2016.

The event, the first time in Stanley will see cyclists old and young getting on their bikes to use part of the refurbished Sustrans route that skirts the north of the town.

Council Chairman Joan Nicholson is looking forward to the day and hopes the people of the parish will get behind the project. “This ride is very much geared to the people in the Town and surrounding area.  The Council is putting on small events across the year that are looking to bring back even more of the community feel. This is just part of what we are doing for the Town and we hope people of all ages will get behind this and other events throughout the year.”

Starting from the town’s Oakey Park, the routes of 6 and 20 miles will see ‘there and back’ rides to Beamish and Cox Green. Whichever route you take some delightful sights await.

At first there are some great views from the iron bridges that take the route to the Iron Cows just underneath the road that brings us to the turn point of the six-mile route – best for beginners and children.

A marshalled crossing to the rest area where the youngsters will get some valuable tips on cycling from our qualified and experienced cycle marshals before a rest and off back on the steady incline back to the park where the T-shirt and goodie bag awaits.

Gina Clarke, Network Manager from Sustrans welcomes the idea of even more people using the pathways: “These scenic traffic free paths provide a safe, enjoyable route for cyclists and our team work hard to maintain this section of the National Cycle Network from Consett to Washington. We are looking forward to the event bringing new people to the C2C, giving the next generation of cyclists the opportunity to experience the route for themselves.”

The event, on Sunday 1st May, will be an opportunity to see some of the best of the countryside around the Stanley area and will also publicise the planned opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.

 

Event: Stanley family Cycle                       Date: Sunday May 1

Start: Long ride 9.30am – Short 9.45 approx.

Costs: £15 adults £7 under 14 – groups discounts are available for 10 plus riders.

For more information, please see the facebook page: Stanley Family Cycle

 

Picture: Cllr Ron Harrison & Community Development Officer Brian Hall promoting the Stanley Family Ride at last week’s South Moor Play in the park day

Shield Row Station to re-open in 2022

Tobyn Hughes, Chief Executive of Nexus has announced that the Tyne & Wear Metro will reach Stanley by 2022.  In a statement issued yesterday, he stated that Nexus had reached an agreement with Sustrans and the North East Combined Authority that would see a new line being created across former North Eastern Railway lines that would link Washington, Chester, Beamish and Shield Row with the existing Metro line which terminates at South Hylton.

Mr Hughes said “It has always been our goal to extend the Metro into County Durham and thanks to Stanley Town Council’s investment of £1 billion into stations and infrastructure that is now possible”.

Cyclists who currently use the Sustrans route have been advised to try the A693 instead, which is apparently just as nice.