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The new 750m Hartlepool cycle route is set to open at Summerhill Country Park this weekend

The launch event on Saturday, October 15 will begin at 9:45 a.m., with the official opening taking place from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Great Ayton rider Harry Tanfield, who rides for UK team Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, will be a special guest.

A range of activities are planned after the launch, including demonstrations and BMX initiation sessions, a bouncy castle and a disco.

An aerial view of the bike path, which is expected to open at the weekend.

Daniel Garthwaite, Director of Engagement and Strategy for Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The cycleway looks great and is a fantastic asset to have in the town.

“We hope people will come join us for what promises to be a great day.”

The 750m track – made possible with funding from Sport England and Hartlepool Borough Council – was built to provide accessible, traffic-free community cycling facilities and opportunities for people of all ages and cycling abilities.

It is fenced and lighted and built on gently sloping terrain, and incorporates varying elevations and degrees of difficulty in the turns.

Funds have also been secured for a separate children’s learning area next to the Summerhill Visitor Centre.

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First look inside the Summerhill Country Park cafe as Daisy and Beas reopen the site…

Here are some of the events happening after Saturday’s launch and how you can join them:

– Demonstrations and BMX initiation on the BMX track, with the North East BMX Club, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

– Cycle Clinic inside the Visitor Center, 10:30am-12pm.

– Physical activity sessions on the lawn next to the visitor center, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Various entertainment at the reception center including bouncy castle and disco from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

– Opportunities for inclusive recreational cycling with access to bikes on the track, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking in Summerhill will be limited, although additional parking is available nearby, including at Catcote Academy, English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.