VOLUNTEERS are gearing up to help preserve and promote cycle routes to pave the way for people to make the most of the North York Moors most stunning scenery.

The new group has been set up to back the cycle patrol team at the Moors National Park centre at Sutton Bank.

They are a point of contact for members of the public using four routes that span out from the park centre.

They give directions, point out features of interest and answer queries as well as monitoring the condition of the trails making sure they are safe and looking out for any hazards.

Cycle Patrol Volunteer Harry Pearson said: “We want to enhance the experience for bikers and walkers using the trails.

“We hope that by being out and about, and having a friendly and approachable presence with advice and assistance, we can help those using the routes to get the maximum enjoyment from their visit.

“As a volunteer it’s great to know you’re playing a part in preserving and protecting this wonderful environment, but the best bit is getting to ride my bike in such a varied, interesting and stunning landscape.”

Every volunteer is first aid-trained and carry hand tools for cutting back nettles or flattening molehills. They are also able to help with puncture repairs and minor bike maintenance.

Chris Pye, Sutton Bank National Park Centre manager said: “They are all an inspiration, each one prepared to give their time to assist others in this beautiful landscape.

“Our routes are ideal for anyone wanting to explore this area on bike or by foot, with each route having varying degrees of difficulty.

“I cannot thank the volunteers enough for all their hard work, as well as Peter Reynolds, our assistant who came up with the idea.

“With their help our trails will be kept in the best condition and we cannot wait to welcome many more cyclists to enjoy them.”

The four mountain bike trails are known as the family-friendly Cliff route, Fort, Drovers and Paradise.