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New Lake District ‘Bike Bus’ service launched

The Lake District is a popular destination for mountain biking, family cycling outings and road riding alike

Saturday 4 May saw the launch of a new ‘Bike Bus’ service in the Lake District. The Stagecoach 800 runs the full length of  England’s largest lake, Windermere, and has been specially converted to carry up to 12 bikes.

The new route includes the following popular stops around Windermere and links in with the ‘Bike Boat’ ferry shuttle from Brockhole to Wray:

  • Ambleside (Kelsick Road)
  • Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre
  • Windermere train station
  • Bowness-on-Windermere Pier
  • Fell Foot Park
  • Newby Bridge
  • Lakeland Motor Museum
  • Lakeside& Havethwaite Railway

For 2013, the Bike Bus will run on the following dates:

  • 4 May – 14 July (Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  • 20 July – 1 September (daily)
  • 7 Sept – 28 Sept (weekends only)

Claire Maclaine, programme manager for the GoLakes, supporter of the Bike Bus service, said: “The Bike Bus is another great way to help people to explore and enjoy our stunning landscape without the hassle of loading up car bike racks and fighting for parking spaces at the other end. This regular service is geared up specifically for the needs of cyclists and is ideal for families to hop on and off at a range of locations running the full length of Windermere.”

Two new leaflets are being produced to complement the service, ‘Rides from the Bike Bus’ and ‘Days out from the Bike Bus’. Printed on waterproof paper, they will both be available from late May. Alternatively, a full timetable can be viewed online.

Sustrans’ National Cycle Network route 6 runs east from Windermere, linking riders with Kendal and going on through the Howgills and Yorkshire Dales. There’s also a short family friendly bridleway ride on the west side of Windermere, through National Trust land, that can be accessed via the ferry that runs from Bowness-on-Windermere.

It’s about 20km to cycle the length of the lake one way, and there are mainly minor roads and bridleways on the west side and main roads on the east.

Walking the parks to help others with MS in Jane Tomlinson challenge – More Wakefield News – Wakefield Express

Walking the parks to help others with MS in Jane Tomlinson challenge

By Don Mort

A man who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis seven years ago is determined to help others with the condition in a series of charity walks.

Cottage Holiday Group - Lake District

Kahn Johnson, 39, is taking the Jane Tomlinson National Park Challenge, which will see him complete walks in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Journalist Mr Johnson, of Hollingthorpe Lane, Hall Green, has been told by doctors he is likely to need a wheelchair within the next decade for his condition.

He said he was determined to take up the challenge while he still can to raise cash for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mr Johnson, whose illness often leaves him with severe pains in his legs, said: “I am really looking forward to the walks because the countryside and landscapes are stunning but I know my legs will hurt like hell afterwards.

“Still, no pain no gain and it’s something I have to do to raise money for charity. It will be quite an effort but it will be worth it.”

Profits from the challenge will go to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the legacy of the late fundraiser who completed a series of tough endurance feats despite suffering from incurable cancer.

Walkers are also encouraged to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

Mr Johnson, a page designer with Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus newspaper, will enter the  Triple Trekker challenge with his wife Izzy.

The couple will be accompanied by their two dogs.

Mr Johnson said: “Three years ago I ran the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k and the London 10k back to back but there’s no way my legs would let me run like that now.

“So when I read about the launch of the National Park Challenge it seemed a good alternative.”

The Triple Trekker Challenge is made up of three walks ranging from 12 to 14 miles in the Peak District on Sunday April  28, the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, August 18 and the Lake District on Sunday September 8.

To find out more about The National Park Challenge, log on to http://www.walkforall.com

To sponsor Mr Johnson, log on to http://www.justgiving.com/offwetoddle

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