A NEW cycle trail, the first of its kind in South Shropshire, has opened at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms.

The trail is excellent for children learning to balance, adult beginners, or people returning to cycling, and those with disabilities.

Funded by Shropshire Council’s Sustainable Transport Project (and the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund) and supported by Cycling4All Shropshire, the scheme aims to give more people access to the Onny Meadow as well as improving fitness and leisure opportunities.

“It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the beautiful Onny Meadows, there were a lot of families, adults and disabled people using a variety of adaptive cycles,” said Catherine Collier, marketing and development manager at the Cycle Centre.

“They found it a great way to get out and about, exercise for health benefits, and have fun with friends.

"The cycle path extends to the Discovery Centre and most people were also using the path to get to the café for well-earned refreshment afterwards.”

The next inclusive cycle event will be on Sunday, June 14 between 10.30am and 4pm, with adaptive cycles available to try out from 1.30pm onwards.

Booking is only necessary for those wishing to join in a Learn to Ride session or an accompanied cycle ride.