Cyclist friendly pub The Lindisfarne Inn in Northumberland has raised almost £200 to help towards the upkeep of the new mountain biking route, The Sandstone Way.
The Lindisfarne Inn, the nearest mainland inn to Holy Island, wanted to help support and maintain the new Sandstone Way trail, which passes right by the Beal-based inn and is used by many of its cycling customers.
For every pint of local brewery Hadrian and Border Sandstone Way Ale sold in the bar over the past six months, the inn has donated 5p to support ongoing vital upkeep of the 120-mile trail, enjoyed by cyclists riding between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham.
The Lindisfarne Inn general manager Chris Taylor and his wife, Leonie, presented a cheque to Graham Vickers of The Cycle PaD, the social enterprise that helps manage The Sandstone Way. The funds will be used towards ensuring the route is managed and maintained for cyclists to enjoy in the future.
Chris Taylor said: “Cyclists and walkers are a growing part of our customer base here at The Lindisfarne Inn. We always do our best to make sure we give them a very warm welcome and have invested in facilities such as bike repair equipment, wash down areas and bike stands to add value to their visit.
“The Sandstone Way is a brilliant new trail that passes right by us, which many of our customers enjoy. We wanted to give something back to the cycling community and the route by pledging our support and contributing towards its upkeep by giving donations of our aptly named Sandstone Way Ale to the project.”
Graham Vickers said: “We are very grateful for the continued support of The Lindisfarne Inn and to their customers. Together, they have really put their money where their mouth is, to give something back to the cycling community.
“The Sandstone Way was conceived in 2009 and took six years to bring to readiness as a waymarked, mapped and promoted route for mountain bikes. It took a lot of hard work, teamwork with time freely given by volunteers in the implementation process of creating the route.
“Once they are in place, however, cycle routes don’t just look after themselves. Donations like this will help us to maintain the route so many more cyclists can enjoy it for years to come.
“Upkeep of The Sandstone Way is an ongoing process and we rely on donations and contributions from businesses like The Lindisfarne Inn to help us. Inspired by the support of The Lindisfarne Inn, we’re calling for people to give us a pint-sized donation of £3 to help towards the upkeep of the trail.”
Donations to The Sandstone Way can be made at www.sandstoneway.co.uk/listing/Donation
Further information on the Sandstone Way is available at www.sandstoneway.co.uk For more information on cycling in Northumberland visit www.cyclenorthumberland.org.uk