Cyclist can finally pedal along the ‘missing link’ between Pugneys and Anglers Country Parks when a new 5km track opens today(Saturday).
Wakefield Council and Wakefield District Cycle Forum are set to cut the ribbon on the Chevet Branch Line cycleway, which will create an off-road link between the two destinations.
The 5km stretch was virtually impassable a year ago when weather conditions were so poor.
A grant from Natural England’s Paths for Communities has been used to renovate the path, adding to a wealth of other cycle-friendly routes in the Wakefield district.
Wakefield Council and the cycle forum will cut the ribbon at 11.30am.
They will also have a gazebo on Wood Lane, Chapelthorpe, with maps and bikes to hire so that people can try the route for themselves.
Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for sport, culture and libraries, said: “We’re very pleased to see this new cycle route opened and it is another example of how Wakefield is a great place to go cycling.
“I would encourage people to come along and use the new route as part of our cycling legacy.”
David Keighley, vice-chairman of Wakefield District Cycle Forum, said: “This path was the missing link and we’re delighted with the work that has been done. There’s now a fully off-road cycle route between the two country parks.
“We’ll have bikes that people can use on the day so we’d love to see people coming along and experiencing the new track.”
The official opening takes place at the Wood Lane end of the path, near Newmillerdam.
The unveiling of the route comes just months before this summer’s Tour de France gets underway in Yorkshire.
It is also a welcome boost for cyclists hoping to get out on their bikes over the next few months for fitness or just for fun.
For more information about cycling in the district visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/cycling or www.cycling-wakefield.org.uk