Kendal Castle site identified as suitable for new pump track

Following a two-year campaign by a Kendal councilor to find a suitable site for a pumptrack, an area has been designated as “preferable” by the council. KTC Environment and Highways Committee Chairman Eamonn Hennessey became

Following a two-year campaign by a Kendal councilor to find a suitable site for a pumptrack, an area has been designated as “preferable” by the council.

KTC Environment and Highways Committee Chairman Eamonn Hennessey became involved in the idea after a resident brought up the subject at a 2020 council meeting.

Since then, several areas have been mooted as a possible site for the proposed new pump track, which is a specialist cycle path allowing downhill mountain bikers and BMX riders to do a circuit of bumps and bumps, using the gravity designed into the track, giving the experience of a much longer descent.

KTC commissioned Velosolutions, a national pump track supplier, to create a visual representation of an in-situ pump track at the foot of Kendal Castle, the preferred site.

KTC’s Environment and Highways Committee will meet on Monday to discuss the proposal in more detail, for which their agenda reads: “Velosolutions met with Kendal City Council officers and Cllr Hennessy on site and he It was agreed that the site was preferable to allow easy access to the building and provide parking for users moving forward.

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“The site is also isolated yet accessible to many Kendal residents.”

Issues to be discussed at the next meeting are – options for obtaining permission from the landowner to pursue funding research, options for obtaining support from Westmorland and Furness and options for linking with the improvement program from Kendal Castle Trail.