Leading bike hire scheme Bike & Go, which has bike hire facilities at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport train stations, is celebrating the region’s best ‘off the beaten track’ cycle rides in a new free publication.
Bike & Go’s Quirky Bike Rides Guide is being published to coincide with English Tourism Week, which runs from March 17-25, and has been compiled with the help of cyclists who responded to an appeal by the bike hire scheme for people to submit their favourite alternative routes.
The guide, which can be downloaded free of charge from www.bikeandgo.co.uk from March 17, celebrates the best ‘off the beaten track’ places to cycle across Southport, Liverpool, Wirral and beyond.
Even those without bikes can try out one of the routes in the guide by simply hiring a Bike & Go bike from any of the 21 participating train stations across the region, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Ormskirk and West Kirby.
David O’Leary, Director of Bike & Go said:
“English Tourism Week comes at the start of the cycling season, and provides a great opportunity for people to take to two wheels and see their own towns and cities from a brand new perspective.
“I would like to thank the cycling community who have been really keen to get on board with this and help encourage those who rarely use a bike to have some fun with cycling, and we hope that people will enjoy trying out their suggested routes.”
Bike & Go offers bike hire facilities from 70 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland.
In 2016 the scheme was praised by a UK division of the travel giant TripAdvisor when it was included in a list of the top seven bicycle hire companies drawn up by its subsidiary rental company Holiday Lettings.
To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smart phones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual £10 subscription fee. They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire – usually charged at just £3.80 per 24 hours up to a maximum of 72 hours - while they wait for their Bike & Go membership card.
The bike can then be returned to any one of the participating train stations across the country.
Beer and cider enthusiasts will be able to enjoy up to 15 real ales and five ciders from the UK and overseas during a 12-day festival at The Lifeboat.
The pub, in Three Tuns Lane, Formby, has sourced beers from brewers in Greece, Italy, Australia, Canada, USA and Republic of Ireland, with one of the ciders from Northern Ireland.
The festival will run from Wednesday, March 14 until Sunday, March 25 inclusive.
It will feature a selection of beers brewed exclusively for the festival.
All beers and ciders will be priced at £2.19 a pint.
The overseas beers on sale are; Old World New England IPA (Grapes & Gratification, Greece), Hot Night At The Village (Birrificio Foglie D’ Erba, Italy), 3 Bolt Pale Ale (Green Beacon, Australia), Talisman (Strange Fellows, Canada), Bru Red Ale (Bru, Republic of Ireland) and Lo-Res (Sixpoint, USA).
The UK beers will include Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Black Sheep), Old Engine Oil (Harviestoun), Game of Stones (Wadworth), Twisted Edge (St Peter’s), Warlord (Purity) and Springfest (Otter).
The ciders include; Snails Bank Rhubarb (Snails Bank Cider), Cockeyed Pear Mania (Cockeyed Cider) and Tempted Elderflower (Tempted Irish Cider).
The Lifeboat manager, Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe, said: "The festival will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of UK and international beers as well as a choice of ciders.
"Many of the beers on offer have not been available in the pub beforehand and I am looking forward to serving them.
"The festival promises to be great fun and I am certain that customers will enjoy themselves."
Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales or ciders in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.
Tasting notes on all of the beers and ciders will be available in the pub.
Sefton has just issued this notice to Formby residents.
Formby residents only - grey bins due for collection today will now be picked up on Monday (March 12) along with green garden waste bins. Sorry for the inconvenience which was a result of yesterday's bad weather.