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Cycle sculpture project

To symbolise the warm welcome that cyclists will receive in Hutton Cranswick, the In Bloom group is developing a number of cycle sculptures to mark the Way of the Roses cycle route through the village.

As Hutton Cranswick is a finalist in the 2012 Britain in Bloom campaign, ideas were needed to further enhance the area. Lesley and Bill Eldridge, who are both keen cyclists, suggested the cycle route could be a suitable focus as the Red Rose of Lancashire and the White Rose of Yorkshire could be incorporated into the sculpture designs.

The Way of the Roses is a coast to coast cycle route of 170 miles between Morecambe on Lancashire’s Irish Sea coast and Bridlington on Yorkshire’s North Sea coast. Cyclists who follow the route travel through the historic cities of Lancaster and York. They will also enjoy some of the UK’s most stunning countryside and fascinating heritage: the Lune Valley; the Forest of Bowland (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty); the Yorkshire Dales National Park; Nidderdale (AONB); the Vale of York; and the Yorkshire Wolds. The route was officially opened on 11 September 2010 and, over the past two years, has become extremely popular.

Hutton Cranswick in Bloom decided to develop Lesley and Bill’s idea and an appeal for unwanted cycles was placed in The Bulletin, the village’s monthly newsletter, in March. This resulted in nine cycles being donated – a vintage cycle, road bikes, off-road bikes, small wheeled bikes and children’s bikes. To prepare these for their sculptures, Lesley and Bill removed all easily removable parts and donated them to Bike Rescue in York, a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company, set up in 2006, which specialises in recycling bikes. Please visit: www.bikerescueproject.org.uk, for further information.

Cycles were then spray painted ready to be placed in various situations. The exact locations needed approval from the Highways Department of East Riding of Yorkshire Council so a meeting was arranged. Suitable sites were identified. Two sculptures are now in place and others will be sited in the near future.

Other cycle routes to pass through Hutton Cranswick include the Yorkshire Wolds, a circular route of 146 miles, and the National Cycle Network Route 1, a distance of 1,735 miles coordinated by SUSTRANS (the country’s leading sustainable transport charity – for more information visit: www.sustrans.org.uk).

Bradley Wiggins’s remarkable victory in the Tour de France is sure to stimulate a greater interest in cycling. Hutton Cranswick wants to ensure that those who stop to ‘take a break’ in the village will receive a warm welcome. TJ’s Coffee Shop situated in Cranswick Garden Centre, on Burn Butts Lane, offers a good range of drinks and sustaining, home cooked food. Manor Farm shop, at the junction of Burn Butts with the A164, provides a wide variety of sandwiches, drinks and local produce. In the village Main Street, there is a Spar shop with Post Office, The White Horse public house and the Packhorse Inn. Hutton Cranswick station provides cycle racks for anyone wishing to take a train ride to explore Beverley or Hull to the south, before cycling on to the coast at Bridlington.