Wheels in motion for new Falkirk cycle skills track

Cyclists will be able to practice their moves on the proposed new cycle skills track near Canada Wood

Cyclists will be able to practice their moves on the proposed new cycle skills track near Canada Wood

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The wheels are in motion for a new cycle track set in woodland to help people learn new skills and get them active in the great outdoors.

A planning application for a cycle track skills course has been submitted to Falkirk Council by Callendar Estate which owns thousands of acres of farmland and woodland in the south of the town and around Callendar Park.

The track will be based at the company’s new cycle centre at the Greenrigg car park off Lochgreen Road, near Canada Wood, which now has a cafe and bike shed for visitors.

It is the latest development for the estate and its partner, Bespoke Community Development Company, which sourced the £56,000 funding to build it from Sportscotland and Falkirk Environment Trust (FET).

Estate manager Guy Wedderburn said: “The track will tie in well with the bike shed and the cafe. Hopefully if planning permission is given we would like to be on site by July and opening in August some time.

“It will allow people to have a go on a technical skills track before going on the much bigger network, practice the likes of jumps and become more confident and competent.

“There are three sections to it: a junior/beginners area for kids which will have obstacles and seesaws; a technical skills section for older age groups which will have rock steps, a skinny and a progressive jump line; the pump trail will have burned corners – faster corners for speed with built-up edges, straights, rollers and a bridge section.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to offer this as part of the 19km of cycle trails we already have. We can put this feature in and plant new trees around it so it will blend in nicely.”

The estate has worked with community development company Bespoke since it was formed in 2011 to help communities engage more with the countryside.

Volunteer members help maintain the paths, tracks and trails network on the estate which can be used by the public for cycling, walking or horse riding. The group is also hoping to organise a 100km mountain bike route around the paths and trails of Falkirk taking in all the local attractions.

The group is always looking for volunteers to help in its work. For more information contact (01324) 624 236.