Upgraded path on 
new cycle route

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A NEW cycle route has been wheeled out in Durham.

Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral teamed up to open the route, which includes a newly resurfaced stretch of path from the North Bailey to Quarryheads Lane, across Prebends Bridge.

The upgraded bridleway - which launched today - is part of a project to improve the paths along the city’s riverbanks and will eventually become part of a national cycle network.

Work has included tarmacking paths and restoring cobble drains, using a specialist cobble restoration team, due to the site’s Heritage status.

Gina Davies, from Durham Cathedral’s Woodlands and Riverbanks team, said: “Our project aims to encourage more people to enjoy the riverbanks for leisure and relaxation and so we are extremely grateful to the Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Banks Community Fund, Biffa Award and the Friends of Durham Cathedral, who have all helped fund this project.”

Durham County Council put more than £60,000 towards the scheme, with funding coming from its Local Transport Plan fund for walking and cycling.

County Councillor Neil Foster, portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said: “The ride is a fun way to celebrate and showcase our portfolio of infrastructure improvements for walking and cycling in and around Durham City.

“We hope that the improvements are a clear demonstration of our commitment to creating opportunities for active travel.”