Sweet Chestnut Family Cycle Trails open at Broadland Country Park

Cllr Jo Copplestone and Chairman Cllr John Fisher reveal the Sweet Chestnut Family Cycle Trail map at Broadland Country Park

New family-friendly cycle trails at Broadland Country Park in Norfolk are now open, with three exciting new routes for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

The Toadstool route offers straight, wide paths, while the winding Squirrel route has small features and lumps and bumps, and the Butterfly route has slightly larger features with twists and turns.

The trails feature two rest stops for families to take a rest and enjoy a picnic surrounded by beautiful woodland.

The project was made possible due to a successful application Broadland District Council made to British Cycling’s Places to Ride Fund, and thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers working together to design the routes and build the cycle trails over the last 15 months. The volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the routes suit all levels of cycling ability so that everyone in the family can be involved.

Broadland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Jo Copplestone, said:

“We are extremely proud of these new family cycle routes. They are an integral part of the ongoing project at Broadland Country Park to provide high quality green space and amenities to local residents for generations to come.”

British Cycling's Head of Business Planning and Transformation, Andy Farr, said: “British Cycling is delighted to be supporting the brand-new cycle trails in Broadland Country Park. The trails will encourage families and the community to come together, allowing people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to discover the joy of cycling.

"Trails like these can also be the first step on the journey for the next generation of cycling champions, with the likes of our Great Britain Cycling Team heroes discovering their love for cycling as children on their local paths.

"At British Cycling, we are constantly trying to make our sport more accessible and inclusive, and these new trails are an amazing example of what can be achieved through the support and investment from our Places to Ride fund – a partnership between British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.”

The Places to Ride programme has been made possible through a new £15million commitment from the Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Find out more about the Sweet Chestnut Family Cycle Trails

Published: 3 August 2022