Families are being offered an extra incentive to tackle a free bike ride around the Colne and Holme valleys next month.
The latest Sky Ride Local – dubbed A Tale of Two Valleys – takes in some big hills and even bigger views.
Organised by British Cycling, Kirklees Council and Metro, it will take place on Sunday, September 8, from 10am.
The 27-mile fun ride, which starts and finishes at the Pennine Manor Hotel in Scapegoat Hill, is aimed at getting families out and about together on two wheels.
If the lure of a free ride and some stunning country and moorland views aren’t enough there’s a special reward for those taking part.
Every rider will be given a free family pass for the Standedge Visitor Centre at Marsden.
The pass includes a free boat trip through the impressive Standedge Tunnel which cuts a swathe through the Pennine hills.
The pass, for up to two adults and two children, normally costs £14.
Organisers hope the ride will help boost interest in cycling as the countdown begins to the Tour de France, which comes to Kirklees and Calderdale in July next year.
A Tale of Two Valleys is the latest in a series of free rides, backed by media giant Sky, sponsors of British Cycling.
Led by expert British Cycling volunteers, the three-hour ride follows a route around Golcar, Marsden, Meltham, Honley, Netherton and Slaithwaite.
One of the ride leaders, Gavin Beat, said the ride was suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities and added: “The route is challenging yet rewarding and is not one just for the so-called lycra brigade.
“We have chosen a simply stunning ride which will showcase the best of Kirklees from the highest viewpoints around.”
Riders are grouped according to their ability levels to suit everyone from beginners to experienced cyclists.
Gavin said: “Whichever you choose, you’ll be riding on safe routes, in good company.”
Places are limited and must be pre-booked at: