Lindisfarne Inn wheels out a warm welcome to cyclists
The Lindisfarne Inn is on track to become a major stop-off point for cyclists enjoying some of the most stunning scenery in England.
The Inn is celebrating the opening of Northumberland’s new 120-mile Sandstone Way mountain bike route from Berwick to Hexham by pulling out all the stops to become a real cyclist-friendly venue. New bike-friendly facilities for cyclists stopping off for a meal or an overnight stay are being provided, with the aim of making cyclists’ stays as comfortable and secure as possible.
Lindisfarne Inn manager Martin Marshall said: “We are on the Coast & Castles cycle route and have always been a popular destination for cyclists.
“Now with the opening of the new Sandstone Way, and to prepare for the arrival of the Tour of Britain in September, we’ve geared up the Inn’s cycle friendly facilities. We’re a short cycle ride from Berwick upon Tweed where the Sandstone Way sets off. The Lindisfarne Inn is ideally placed for riders who have travelled up to Berwick by rail and who are looking to make a head start on the route, either for their first night’s bed and breakfast or an early lunch.
The Inn, just off the A1 at Beal – the gateway to Holy Island – has linked up with the Northumberland cycling tourism organisation Cycle Pad and The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to make sure they are geared up to being cycling-friendly.
As a result, the Inn is has new bike racks where day visitors can lock up their bikes while they enjoy a meal. Guests staying at the Inn have secure overnight lock-up areas to store their bikes as well as a wash-down area, provision for drying dirty boots and clothes and basic cycle repair kits. There is also information on local cycling services.
Martin said: “It’s not just about the equipment. We’re also working with all our staff to ensure they are ready and prepared for cyclists and their particular needs, such as being able to offer information about the cycling routes around us, and being alert to cyclists’ needs, such as access to water and helping them dry wet clothing.
“Part of that is recognising that cyclists are often late through no fault of their own. They may have had a puncture, for example, and when they arrive they require a warm welcome, food and drink – no matter what time it is.”
Cycling tourism is a major growth area in Northumberland and the Lindisfarne Inn is geared up to support everyone from road cyclists, mountain bikers, tourers, and those who have just taken to two wheels for a family holiday. It also has charging points for the growing number of people using electric cycles.
The Lindisfarne is part of The Inn Collection Group and will be piloting the new cycle-friendly approach before it is rolled out to the other Inns in the group including The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The King’s Head Inn at North Yorkshire.
Graham Vickers director of Cycle Pad said: “Cycle Pad are working with charitable leisure and cultural trust Active Northumberland to encourage businesses, groups, towns and villages to provide consistent services and information to cyclists across the country.
“It is great to be working with The Lindisfarne Inn and The Inn Collection Group to assist them to help cyclists. Using The Lindisfarne Inn as their cycle friendly flagship is a great idea and we are delighted to help them become a great cycling asset to the area.”
The Lindisfarne Inn already provides facilities for walkers enjoying Northumberland’s myriad trails including the St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way which pass close by and is a dog-friendly venue, where families can bring their pet on holiday too.