Bay Cycle Way wins prestigious award

Fri, 2015-11-06 09:09

The Bay Cycle Way, has been honoured with the title of 'Best Visitor Experience 2015' after picking up an award at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015, last night at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

The Bay Cycle Way, which was launched in June 2015 and has already encouraged thousands of people get out on their bikes to explore the stunning coastline and heritage of Morecambe Bay, was up against stiff competition in the category. But the inclusive, family-friendly, wide-ranging experience that Morecambe Bay's new cycle way has to offer, impressed the judges and was recognised in the presentation of the 'Visitor Experience Award 2015' to Susannah Bleakley and Janet Barton of Morecambe Bay Partnership.

The creation of the Bay Cycle Way was inspired by Morecambe Bay Partnership's vision for accessing the stunning heritage, coastline, villages and towns around Morecambe Bay, in a family-friendly, accessible and sustainable way, that would inspire local communities and visitors to explore the area, support local businesses and spread the word about what a fabulous place the Bay is.

The cycle way was developed in close partnership with Sustrans, a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day and the route is part of Sustrans' National Cycle Network (NCN 700). Morecambe Bay Partnership and Sustrans also worked closely with Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council to make the scheme happen.  

The route was funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Susannah Bleakley, Executive Director of Morecambe Bay Partnership said

“We’re so thrilled that the new Bay Cycle Way has been recognised through these awards. A huge amount of effort went into its creation and we’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to make it possible. The new route has been incredibly well received, not just by local communities but by people from all over the country who are travelling to Morecambe Bay to test it out. That they enjoy it so much is a testament to the warm welcome that the communities and businesses around the Bay gives to its visitors.”  

Rosslyn Colderley, Regional Director North West for Sustrans said

“This is fantastic news and very well deserved for the newest Sustrans National Cycle Network route that will do so much for tourism all along its 81 miles.  Special mention must go to all those who put their hearts and souls into making the route and four day opening event such a huge success. Our amazing Sustrans volunteers spent 608 hours preparing, signing, testing and helping to lead the inaugural event involving hundreds of participants in June.”

Morecambe Bay Partnership would like to thank all their partners, funders and supporters, who have helped to make this wonderful new route such a success.

The Bay Cycle Way will now be put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards 2016... watch this space!

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