19th September 2013

Cumbrias Tour of Britain stint raised more than a little interest in the Lake District!

The Cumbrian section of the Tour of Britain route included a stretch around the edge of Crummock Water, as it wound its way from Carlisle to Kendal in the stunning Lake District. This stage of the race has brought a great number of tourists and visitors to the area, boosting tourism and helping to sustain local businesses. The route encompassed some breath-taking scenery along its 186km section, which was just the second stage of the event.

The race is an eight stage event which has attracted some of the most well-known cyclists to take part. Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish being just a couple of faces to watch out for as around 100 cyclists passed through the beautiful Lake District countryside.

The area was packed with a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors who braved the wet weather and brought a much welcome boost to the tourist industry, with hotels, bed and breakfasts, pubs, restaurants and shops all feeling the benefits and an estimated two and a half million pounds being added to the local economy. Apart from the entertainment value of an event such as this one, it is hoped that more people will take more of an interest in cycling and will be encouraged to participate in the sport, thus helping to increase fitness and general wellbeing.

There are plans for more local sporting activities to be ongoing throughout the community in an effort to reduce serious medical conditions and ease the burden on national health services whilst providing a easy, fun and effective way of getting fit for all ages.