Jun 17 2010 TravelWise Merseyside, It's Our World
Hundreds of people from across Merseyside took part in a series of free guided walks, bike and horse rides to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Trans Pennine Trail.
The event saw groups from across the region join together to help move a baton along all 350 miles of the trial, with the relay ending in Barnsley on 20 June.
A number of free family-friendly neighbourhood events were also held along the Trail during the course of weekend and include sporting, music, dance and arts activities, community performances and free bike maintenance checks.
Organised by Liverpool City Council, Knowsley Council and Sefton Council, in conjunction with TravelWise, the Merseyside events kicked off in Southport on Saturday 12 June. Local school children, walk leader volunteers, disability cycling groups and cycling volunteers joined with cycling organisations to relay the baton to Aintree.
The present Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Maureen Fearn, who was also Mayor 21 years ago and opened the Trail in Sefton, then handed the baton over to Liverpool City Council for safekeeping overnight.
The relay continued on Sunday 13 June, with teams of cyclists and equestrians travelling to Court Hey Park along the Liverpool Loop Line, a traffic free walking and cycling path which is owned and maintained by Sustrans.
The baton was passed to the Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Diane Reid and a group of walkers then left the park to continue along the trail to meet a group of disabled cyclists who carried the baton to the Halewood Park Environment Centre where it was passed to representatives from Halton Borough Council to continue its anniversary journey along the Trail.
Jane Moore, TravelWise Officer, said: “Since summer 1989, thousands of walkers, cyclists and equestrians have enjoyed using the Trans Pennine Trail to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Merseyside and historic sites. The Trail has gone from strength to strength over the past two decades and visitor numbers continue to grow. I hope these events have reminded people that walking and cycling along the Trail are fantastic ways to get fit and explore Merseyside in this, the 2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing.
“This weekend also saw the launch of this year’s TravelWise guided Bike Time rides, which will help people across Merseyside get out on their bikes with friends and family this summer.”
The Trans Pennine Trail is a route used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. From coast-to-coast between Southport and Hornsea, the Trail is 215 miles (346km) long. A north-south route connects Leeds and Chesterfield and a spur to York means there are approximately 350 miles (560 km) of Trans Pennine Trail available to explore.
Visit www.LetsTravelWise.org/cycling or call 0151 330 1290 for further information on the TravelWise Bike Time rides and on cycling in Merseyside.