A new pump track course has opened in Accrington for families and people of all ages to try out their cycling skills.

The track at Milnshaw Park is the first of its kind the area, providing opportunities for people to put their skills to the test.

Nestled among mature trees and extensive outdoor space, the pump track is suitable for riders of all abilities and age.

The ‘Adventure Trail Track’ is suitable for young riders and is advertised as perfect for young children on balance bikes.

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The ‘Intermediate track’ is ready for advanced riders to showcase their more advanced skills off.

Councillor Paul Cox, deputy leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, tried out the track for himself.

He said: “It is a wonderful facility that allows people to test out their skills and also progress up the tracks as they become more confident.

"Not only will this new pump track be valuable to local people, it will also attract people from all over Hyndburn and beyond to visit.”

The new cycling facility has been made possible following British Cycling awarding Hyndburn Borough Council a grant of £37,500 as part of their ‘Places To Ride’ programme.

Coun Cox said: “I am proud of Hyndburn Borough Council and our partner organisations’ achievements to provide a range of facilities in Milnshaw Park over the past few years, especially at a time when our parks have become more important than ever for people to enjoy.

"This latest addition to the park will provide enjoyment to all who visit for many years to come.”

Councillor Paul Cox, deputy leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, testing out the pump track
Councillor Paul Cox, deputy leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, testing out the pump track

Charity Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum (HGSF), working with the council, have also been awarded a grant of £30,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund towards the project, with a further contribution from Lancashire County Council through their ‘Connecting East Lancashire’ initiative.

Chairwoman of the charity, Cath Holmes, said: “It’s wonderful to see this pump track finished and to see several partners working together to fund it.

"A fabulous new facility for children and families who visit Milnshaw Park for years to come.

"We’ve seen a lot of improvements and transformation in the park over the past few years - play area, outdoor gym and a multi-use games area - which are all very well used - and now the pump track, which is proving as popular.

"Architrail Velosolutions UK have done a cracking job. HGSF thank them and HBC Parks Teams for their hard work and part they played in delivering it.”

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