We aim to resurface 1 mile of 3 meter wide multi purpose trail to allow visitors of all abilities greater opportunity to explore. The resurfaced trails will allow greater access for visitors on foot, using wheelchairs or pushchairs and by bike. Attached Map 1.
The grant will be used to resurface our North Lake track. Currently it is a gravel trail in a state of disrepair, resurfacing the route will would bring it up to the same high standard of our other multiuse trails. (See photographs attached)
The trail is 1 mile long and 3 meters wide. Maintaining the width of the trail is important for use of our specially adapted cycles.
The trails will be resurfaced with Tarmac and the project costs include ground works for preparation and drainage.
Watchtree Nature Reserve can be found between Carlisle and Wigton, and is a 205 acre nature reserve consisting of four main habitats - wetland, woodland, meadow and scrub. The ethos of Watchtree is to provide a haven for wildlife and a community asset for all; a major part of the reserve’s work is to empower people to explore, regardless of ability. Much of this is achieved through the Watchtree Wheelers, a project which specialises in adapted cycling.
The Watchtree Wheelers have a fleet of over 80 bikes, including trikes, recumbent, side by sides, hand cycles, and even a bike which will carry a wheelchair; there is quite literally something for everyone. The bikes are used by visitors, such as families and healthcare groups, to ride around the various trails through the trees and around