The first few riders have enjoyed a new £125,000 forest trail which has been designed with disabled cyclists, walkers and wheel chair users in mind.
The Ellerburn Trail, in Dalby Forest, near Pickering, was opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday and is also viewed as an ideal trail for children who are learning to ride a bike and parents with pushchairs.
Bosses say the trail, which runs along Ellerburn Beck and complies with the Disability Discrimination Act, will cater for around 31,500 people with mobility issues and their families each year.
One organisation intending to use the trail is Ryedale Special Families.
David Brewster, the charity’s chief officer, said: “The multi-user trail will provide us with the chance to go on group bike rides.
“This is something that we cannot manage at the moment, as there is no suitable terrain in the area. We are delighted with the launch of the trail and very much look forward to using it.”
There will be signposting and waymarking along the route and it has been designed to incorporate the features, which are typical to Dalby, using locally sourced materials.
The development of the circular route is the result of a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC), the Federation for Disability Sport and several local community groups.