Cyclists are tested on hill terrain

PUPILS got on their bikes to enjoy the scenery at one of Northumberland’s most popular visitor – and historical – attractions.

Year 5 pupils from Preston Grange Primary School, in North Shields, took part in a six-mile cycle around the woodland gardens of Cragside House in Rothbury.

The ride formed part of the wider Sustrans ‘Bike It’ project running in borough schools, which aims to develop a cycling culture within schools, involving families and school staff.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “The Bike It project is proving to be a great success in helping to teach children the skills they need to cycle safely and responsibly.

“As well as contributing to the future of our environment, it is also a fantastic way to help children stay fit, healthy and safe while enjoying the great outdoors.”

Exploring the grounds of Cragside House, the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong, gave the nine and ten-year-olds the opportunity to double the distance they had previously cycled and the challenge of two steep hills.

Year 5 pupil Megan Sanderson was thrilled at the visit, saying: “The best bit was getting up to the top of all the hills without stopping and then going downhill really fast.”