The Council have recently installed cycle parking stands in Holywell, New Hartley and Seaton Sluice to provide cyclists with parking facilities for their bikes while cycling in Seaton Valley.
We are very fortunate in that we have good routes and paths through the area that are easily accessible to cyclists. In Seaton Sluice the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1 goes directly through the village following the coastline. This route also links to a traffic free path from Seaton Sluice to Seaton Delaval that passes the picturesque Seaton Delaval Hall and the tree-lined Avenue up to Seaton Delaval.
Off The Avenue, opposite the junction for New Hartley, is the Waggonway Bridleway that follows the old railway line to Whitley Bay. This route has access via Bridleways to Holywell and Seaton Sluice.
In Holywell we have installed the cycle stand in the centre of the village close to the shelter and the old Manor House. Councillor Les Bowman said ‘We live in such a lovely place and cycling is such a great way to see the area and to keep active’.
In New Hartley the cycle stand has been installed in front of the village shops, Post Office and Café and is opposite the Memorial Hall and playing fields. In Seaton Sluice the stands have been installed next to the Harbour View Restaurant and on Collywell Bay Road overlooking the bay near to the War Memorial and park.
Councillor Susan Dugworth said ‘I love cycling along the cycle path in Seaton Sluice and cycling is such a great way to stay healthy. We have lovely views along the coast and now cyclists have somewhere to leave their bikes when visiting Seaton Sluice’.
We have information about cycling in Seaton Valley on our website and you can also get Cycle Maps for South East Northumberland from our office in Seaton Delaval or from the library.
We have selected these locations in the villages so that they link in with the cycle routes or will encourage people to use a bike for their journey. The stands are in open locations in the heart of the village centre with easy access to shops and other amenities.
The stands are of a ‘Sheffield’ design and are easy to access to secure a bike to and provide support for the bike once parked. The ‘Sheffield’ design allows the bike frame and wheels to be secured to the stand. We recommend that you should always lock your bike when leaving it even for a short time. Consider using a D-Lock as these are secure and always look for the ‘Secure by Design’ mark when buying a lock for your bike. If possible use two different types of locks, such as D-Lock and a cable lock that will also let you secure your wheels to the cycle stand.