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Dust Off Your Bikes And Enjoy Lovely Lakes In Cycle Scheme
People looking to improve their fitness are being urged to get on their bikes this month and join a free group cycle ride to a picturesque spot in Staffordshire. A series of Cycle Rides for All
continues on Sunday 24 April when dozens of cyclists are expected to pedal to Fisherwick Lakes, near Lichfield, and back. All the rides are graded from one to five for difficulty, with five being the most challenging. This ride has been graded level two, which means it should be suitable for all.

Cycle Rides for All, Fisherwick Lakes
Fisherwick Lakes is the delightful setting for a free cycle ride

The free Cycle Rides for All programme is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, independent cycle shop Freedom Cycles, Bromford, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council with the aim of getting people fitter while also enjoying the great outdoors. Debby Whiting, from Freedom Cycles, said: "We hope plenty of people will join us for our second ride of the year. We do a quick safety check of all the bikes before setting off to make sure they are roadworthy. We also recommend that safety helmets are worn and that you bring a packed lunch and drink, although we do have a café stop on most rides."

Cycle Rides for All, Beacon Park
Cycle Rides for All launch at Beacon Park

Fisherwick Lakes is a 32 acre complex located on the former Fisherwick Hall estate near Huddlesford in Staffordshire. Anyone who wants to join the eight and a half mile ride to the lakes should turn up with their bikes at Freedom Cycles in Lichfield Bus Station on Sunday 24 April at 10am. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846. To see the full Cycle Rides for All programme, please click here.

Cycle Rides for All 2016

24 April
Fisherwick Lakes
Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
8.5 miles, level 2

29 May
Tour de Lichfield
Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
9 miles, level 2/3

26 June
Weeford and Packington Moor
Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
23 miles, level 4

31 July
Chasewater taster ride
Meet at Burntwood Library at 11am
6 miles, level 2

21 August
National Memorial Arboretum
Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
15 miles, level 3

25 September
Fradley Junction
Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
12 miles, level 2
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Why? Use Pedal Power To Visit Staffordshire Beauty Spot
When: Sunday 24 April 2016
Phone: 01543 411633
Where: Fisherwick Lakes, Fisherwick Wood Lane, Whittington, Staffordshire WS13 8QF
Cost: Free
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