Falkirk cycle trails getting a Bespoke new route

Bespoke's Andy O'Neill at the new trail through Auchengean Wood
Bespoke's Andy O'Neill at the new trail through Auchengean Wood

The cycles trails on Callendar Estate are about expand again as a community group get on their marks to build a new one with the help of volunteers.

Bespoke Community Development Company is in the process of laying the foundations for the new 450-metre Red Trail route which will compliment the other four routes in the heart of the woodlands south of Callendar Park.

And the not-for-profit group is calling for volunteers to help them get the project started in earnest on Saturday (July 4) in Auchengean Wood.

Events co-ordinator Andy O’Neill said: “We would love it if people could come along and lend a hand, even if it is just for part of the day.

“To save time on the day we are holding a volunteers induction session tonight (Thursday) to give people some training and let them know what we are doing. This will include training using the power barrow.

“A full induction is given to new volunteers and we supply them with all appropriate personal protective equipment except the boots.”

The group is involved in all of the recent developments at the new cycle centre in Lochgreen Road which now includes the Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar – a massive investment which created around 15 jobs.

Next to that is the cycle shop and repair centre where people can take their bikes to be fixed, hire bikes or buy new ones. It’s all part of the effort to get people out into the great outdoors. People who help out building or maintaining the popular trails will now get a helping hand of their own through Bespoke’s volunteer reward scheme.

Those who become a Bespoke member and participate in three volunteer sessions are given a discount card which gets the holder a 25 per cent discount on food in the Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar at certain times and 10 per cent of all stock and repairs at the Greenrig Cycles shop.

Bespoke is also hosting the Falkirk 100 on Saturday, July 25 – a 100km (62 miles) mountain bike event, which will take participants through the various bike networks and off-road paths throughout Falkirk. There will also be a 50km alternative.

The event will be non-timed and cyclists can go at their own pace. The route is mostly off-road through the cycle trails and past landmarks like the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House and the Kelpies.

Tonight’s induction is taking place at the Greenrig car park in the Lochgreen Road centre from 6-7pm. Saturday’s volunteer day starts at 10am at the new bike shed.

For more information visit www.bespokefalkirk.co.uk or call (01324) 624236.