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Enjoy The Open Countryside On Free Bike Ride To The Lakes
Spring has well and truly sprung, so why not dust off your bicycle after the long winter months and join a free group cycle ride in the heart of Staffordshire. Cyclists of all ages and ability are invited to take part in the cycle ride to Fisherwick Lakes near Lichfield which takes place on Sunday 23 April. The event is the second in a series of seven free Cycle Rides For All taking place in and around Lichfield from now until September.

Fisherwick Lakes
Fisherwick Lakes is the destination of the cycle ride

The Cycle Rides for All scheme is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles and Lichfield ReCycle with the aim of getting as people as possible to get on their bikes. Each month the group cycles to a new destination, with the April 23 event pedalling off to scenic Fisherwick Lakes and back. The rides are graded from level 1, which means they are suitable for beginners, up to level 4 for more experienced cyclists. The Fisherwick Lakes ride has been graded at level two, which means it should be suitable for less experienced cyclists. Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: "We hope plenty of people will join in the second ride of the year. All the bikes receive a quick safety check by Freedom Cycles 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 there is a café stop on most of the rides."

Fradley Junction
The final cycle ride heads to Fradley Junction in September

Anyone who wants to join the ride to Fisherwick Lakes should turn up with their bikes at Freedom Cycles' new premises at Windsor Business Park on Trent Valley Road in Lichfield, on Sunday 23 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. The full Cycle Rides for All programme can also be seen online.

The programme of remaining cycle rides in 2017

23 April, Fisherwick Lakes, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am, 8.5 miles, level 2

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

25 June, Weeford and Packington Moor, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am, 23 miles, level 4

30 July, Chasewater taster ride, meet at Burntwood Leisure Centre at 11am, 6 miles, level 2

20 August, National Memorial Arboretum, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am, 15 miles, level 3

17 September, Fradley Junction, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am, 12 miles, level 2
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Why? Get On Your Bike And Cycle To The Lakes
When: 23 April
Phone: 01543 308846
Where: Fisherwick Lakes, Fisherwick Wood Lane, Fisherwick Wood, Lichfield WS13 8QF
Cost: Free
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by Tony Collins on 24/04/2018
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