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Tough new trail opens in North Yorkshire for mountain bikers
12:54pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
CYCLISTS with a taste for adventure are being offered a chance to have even more fun.
A new mountain bike trail has opened in North Yorkshire offering riders of all abilities the opportunity to test and develop their skills.
Yorkshire Water has spent around £20,000 creating the 1.2km route at its Beecroft Plantation, next to Fewston reservoir near Harrogate.
The course, which is free to use, features bumps and jumps of varying degrees of difficulty along with “chicken runs” for those who want to avoid the obstacles.
It was designed using input from local moutain bikers to ensure that there is something for everyone, regardless of their level of ability, and is part of the wider 9km cycle network in the Washburn Valley.
Yorkshire Water’s recreation manager Geoff Lomas said: “We're always looking at new ways to ensure that there's something for everyone at our reservoir sites, whether that be breathtaking walks, horseriding, fishing or wildlife spotting.
"Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, so it made sense to look at what we could do to support those customers who have an interest in the sport.”
The trail is the first the company has created at one of its reservoirs and the company is not ruling out creating more in the future.
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