A major new trail is being planned to encourage people to enjoy Ryedale’s wealth of landscape scenery, aid the local economy and help residents and visitors to keep fit.
The ambitious plan to create a major route for cyclists, horse riders and walkers of all ages in Ryedale has been launched and top-level organisations and personalities are being urged to support the venture.
The Ryedale Trail is the brainchild of Sustrans, the national cycling charity, Helmsley Arts Centre, parish councillors and residents, said the group’s leader, Helen Gundry, outlining her plan to Pickering Town Council.
The aim, she added, is to link the scores of communities in Ryedale with a route which will be safe for young and old, walkers, cycles, buggies, dogs, riders and nature lovers.
“Sustrans can help with the bigger picture, backing our ideas with national research and case-studies on how such major routes boost economic growth, improve health and help the environment,” she said. “Including everyone attracts support from all quarters and attracts political powers to get major Government and EU funding.”
Helen said the details of the route needed to be studied at local level. “There may be different options to begin with which will each have pros and cons. Help from every parish and town council is needed to draw a basic map of how The Ryedale Trail could pass through a parish for the benefit of residents and visitors.”
Town and parish councils are being urged to get involved in planning the route, together with landowners, to build a picture of the local scenery, and where such facilities as schools and shops are located.
Organisations which could become involved include English Heritage, The National Trust, Cycle Touring Club, equestrian societies, youth groups, Local Enterprise Partnership for Ryedale, local councils and Ramblers Association, as well as Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby who is the Under Secretary of State for Transport with special responsibility for cycling.
“The big picture may turn out to be a walk/cycle/horse riding route parallelling the A170 road,” said Helen.