Watchtree Nature Reserve’s Cycle the Solway charity event will be back

Solway Coast Cycle Route

A popular charity cycling event is back.

Watchtree Nature Reserve is relaunching its Cycle the Solway charity event on May 14-15, sponsored by accounting firm Carlisle Dodd & Co.

The weekend will feature four marked and signposted routes, for all abilities, with medical and mechanical support and refueling stations at set points.

The Solway Plain offers some of the best cycling in the UK: quiet, flat country roads with incredible views of the Lakeland Hills to the south, the Scottish coast to the north and west and the Pennines to the east. East.

Saturday rides include ‘The Allonby Eight’, a 108 kilometer route from Watchtree, priced at £30 per rider and ‘Round the Island’ – 60km from Watchtree, £30 each.

Sunday walks are shorter distances and suitable for families, including ‘Life’s a Beach’ – 25km from Watchtree, £18; and finally, the ‘Tour de Turbines’ – as many 3km loops of the Watchtree perimeter as you can, £8.

The event village will add a finish line atmosphere and all participants will receive a special Watchtree Medal and goody bag.

After a three-year hiatus, Watchtree has taken over Cycle the Solway with the endorsement of Carlisle Scott Self Storage, who ran the original ride as a small staff teambuilding event and expanded it into a massive fundraiser. charitable fund with the enthusiasm of Scott employee Ian Dixon, who tragically died the day before the 2015 event.

His daughter, Stephanie Norman, now helps run the event for Watchtree.

Joanne Thomlinson, Partner at Dodd & Co, said: “Dodd & Co is proud to sponsor Cycle the Solway in 2022. As an organization, we like to encourage activities that promote the general well-being of our staff and the community. community, and we hope that many people will come and enjoy the fun of this wonderful weekend of cycling activities”.

Stephanie Norman, from Watchtree Nature Reserve, said: “We are honored to take on the challenge of running Cycle the Solway here at Watchtree. It’s a fantastic opportunity not only to raise money for Watchtree as an accessible cycling site, but also to allow the working dad in the original race to live on.

Stephen Scott, of Scott’s Self Storage, said: “I’m delighted that Watchtree wants to support Cycle the Solway; I can’t think of a better place than Watchtree to make it work. It would be great if the event continued and was as successful.

Registration for the event is available by visiting the Watchtree website www.watchtree.co.uk/events or by phoning the Watchtree Visitor Center. Enter EBIRD20 for 20% off registration fees.

Watchtree Nature Reserve is a registered charity whose mission is to provide a nature reserve haven for a wide range of habitats and species and a community asset for people to enjoy, enjoy and be educated in the values ​​of life with wildlife and nature.

Watchtree Wheelers offers specialist cycling facilities, equipment and training for the public and groups, with a range of suitable equipment for disabled cyclists as well as cycling skills training for new cyclists of all abilities.

Bike rentals and sales, memberships, events and donations, and an on-site cafe, all support the work of Reserve staff and active volunteers.

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