Local people are being encouraged to travel in a healthy and environmentally-friendly way to this year's historic Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival in the English country of Cambridgeshire. They can do so by joining a guided family bike ride organised by Sustrans volunteer rangers.
The origins of the festival are lost in the mists of time but after a 70 year hiatus it was revived in 1980, since when it has gone from strength to strength. During the festival a man dressed as the eponymous straw bear processes through the town stopping at various places for refeshment, accompanied by over 250 dancers, musicians and performers from all over the
This year, rangers who help the sustainable transport charity Sustrans look after the cycling and walking routes in the area, are meeting at 10.30am on Saturday January 12 at the Key Theatre and will guide riders along National Cycle Network Route 63 to the festival at Whittlesey ( the modern day spelling of the town's name). The ride will give anyone new to cycling or less confident in the saddle, an opportunity to enjoy beautiful views en route to the festival with rangers leading the ride at a leisurely pace.
Cyclists will also be able to try out the newly-surfaced path which runs from near the
Riders are advised to wear suitable clothing and check the roadworthiness of their bike before setting off. Children are welcome, but will need to be with a responsible adult. Riders will be expected to make their own journey home after the festival. The ride is weather-dependent. For more information on the ride please contact Nigel Brigham on 01733 319981.