The Yorkshire Dales National Park’s only dedicated cycle visitor facility has opened for business. On March 2nd, David Butterworth, chief executive, Yorkshire Dales National Park and County Councillor John Blackie cut the tape on the newly renovated Dales Bike Centre in Fremington, near Reeth.
Offering accommodation for up to 14 people, bike hire, a café serving local produce, secure bike store and a state-of-the-art cycle workshop for repairs and maintenance, the centre is owned and run by mountain bike enthusiast, instructor and qualified cycle mechanic, Stuart Price and his wife Brenda.
The renovated barn complex, on the main Reeth road, has been designed and built to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. It has ground source heating and energy efficient appliances, everything possible is recycled or composted and all cleaners and bike lubes are environmentally friendly. The latest on-site innovation is a bike-wash which will re-use water.
Owner, Stuart Price, said: “As bike enthusiasts, we are thrilled to be offering a way for more people to enjoy this beautiful part of the country by bike as well as giving them a place for a hot shower, some great food and a good night’s sleep after a day’s cycling. We are a gateway location to explore the extensive bridleway network nearby, the off-road Coast to Coast route and the Sustrans route 71 pass within a few metres of our doorstep, plus the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway route is just 1km away”