In 2016 SingletrAction joined forces with a group of passionate riders in Wetherby who were looking to improve the riding options for rider young and old in their area.
The area between Leeds, Wetherby and Harrogate has over 100km of natural XC trails, already designated as bridleways, which thousands of people can access without needing to jump in the car.
Wetherby Bike Trails started in September 2016 to try and make the most of this natural resource and encourage others to take up off road cycling.
The current aims are:
A local trail map, printed and online
Signpost and improve three local routes – The Red Kite (a challenging 27 mile “highlight reel” featuring red and blue sections), The Owl (a blue route including some good bits the Kite misses) and The Starling (a family friendly green route).
To transform “The Devil’s Toenail” an overgrown and litter filled bit of land in Wetherby itself in to a resource for the whole community, featuring all age MTB trails and pump tracks a la Rawcliffe/Stainburn (the easy bits), woodland play and footpaths for walkers.
The “Little Toe” – a pump track for kids just learning to ride.
We’ve already built up a friendly group of active volunteers and all are welcome to join in. In 2016 we organised digs clearing 10 tonnes of mud from a previously impassable bridleway near Wood Hall and shifted 20 bags of assorted rubbish from the Devil’s Toenail, with all ages getting involved. We hold regular meetings at the Wetherby Sports Association to develop the project.
We recognise that the trails are shared by other users and we want to make the project work for everyone, so input from those who are currently exploring on two or four legs is welcome.
There’s plenty more to come this year, so if you’re interested, all are welcome join the group at www.facebook.com/groups/redkitewetherby/.
We’re also always looking for people and organisations interested in supporting the project practically or financially: if this sounds like you, please get in touch at (e-mail).