FIFTY CYCLE ROUTES FROM QUARRY TO QUARRY
Ever thought of cycling from Quarry to Quarry? No? Nor had we. However, the quest for new inspiration goes on and here are some ideas from the institute for Quarrying, as part of its centenary celebrations - so dig in.
There's a very strong link between the environment, cycling and the geology exposed by quarrying. Cycle in the Durham dales, for example, and you can not fail to miss the quarries - working and disused - that dot the hillsides, or the signs left by the quarrymen and their families on the landscape.
Celebrating its centenary in 2017, the Institute of Quarrying is promoting cycle routes between one hundred quarries across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with 50 carefully coordinated cycle routes, catering for all levels of cycling abilities; from novice, intermediate to experienced.
James Thorne, IQ’s Chief Executive, says: “Throughout our centenary year we have been keen to promote the essential role the mineral extractives sector fulfils in everyday lives. Our compelling Quarry Trails are a great example of how what we do as an industry provides unique opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Not only does it encourage people to get outside and exercise, but it also celebrates the significance of quarries with key facts about each site included in downloadable route details.
“Quarries are important sites for biodiversity and we want people to experience these nature hotspots that are right on their doorstep. The trails have been carefully designed to suit all levels of abilities and span the length and breadth of the UK.”
The routes range for a few miles over gentle country to significant expeditions involving real commitment. For example, there si a route from Cannock to Wolverhampton and another from there to Kingswinford - all close to major urban areas. Equally there's a route running from Braemar to Blair Atholl, including a climb over the Devil's Elbow road and up Strath Ardle - both demanding climbs in remote country.
Take a look and try something different.
All routes can be downloaded online: http://www.quarrying.org/iqquarrytrails
The IQ are inviting participants to share their progress on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #IQTrails.
For further information or to offer feedback on any of the trails, contact IQ on 0115 972 9995 or visit www.quarrying.org
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017