A wheely great new way to enjoy Yorkshire's amazing wildlife

Tuesday 24th March 2015

Flamborough Cliffs

An innovative new partnership will give visitors to Yorkshire the chance to encounter some of Britain’s most iconic wildlife from two wheels.

With puffins, otters, red kites and whales all on the hit-list for the wildlife-lover in one of the richest nature hotspots in the country, Scoot Cycling Holidays is now offering the chance to experience Yorkshire’s wild side from the saddle.

The York-based company have teamed up with the Yorkshire Nature Triangle project, which promotes all creatures great and small to be enjoyed throughout East Yorkshire – an area which takes in dramatic 400ft high clifftop seabird colonies, whale-watching, rare snakes and windswept coastal nature reserves home to orchids and butterflies.

The new venture comes as East Yorkshire played host the hugely popular BBC Springwatch Easter Special at the popular RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

The partnership is thought to be the first of its kind in the north of England, and the team hopes it will capture visitors with an ever-growing interest in cycling – off the back of the Yorkshire-based Tour de France success in 2014 – and also the millions of viewers tuning in to wildlife TV shows like Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Both home-grown cycling and nature tourism are thought to be behind the recent rise in ‘staycations’ and also provide a welcome tourism boost to help reinvigorate forgotten British coastal communities with much to offer those who enjoy the chance to enjoy the countryside at first hand.

The self-guided wildlife holidays start from either York or Hull, with both providing a gateway to a number of key nature watching locations which can be tailored to the customer’s interests and take into consideration the seasonal wildlife interest.

The seven-day holidays average around 30 miles a day of cycling and the relatively flat, consistent terrain of areas like Holderness and the Vale of York means visitors needn’t be an aspiring Bradley Wiggins to cover a wide range of stunning landscapes and take in several top nature-watching locations.

The quiet, rural roads also offer the chance of spotting wildlife from right behind the handlebars, with red kites, hares and barn owls regularly seen from the byways of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Bike hire, luggage transfers, quality accommodation, carefully planned routes and mapping along with a professional support team, all ensure visitors have everything they need, with just a pair of binoculars and a camera recommended in the back pack.

Cai Mallett, director at Scoot Cycling Holidays said: “Yorkshire really feels like the home of British cycling at the moment after the buzz of the Tour de France last year and the Tour de Yorkshire this spring too.

It was the breathtaking Yorkshire landscapes that really stole the show, and now we want people to be able to get up close to the wonderful wildlife riches that are also waiting to be discovered too.”

Tom Marshall, from the Yorkshire Nature Triangle project added: “East Yorkshire offers so much for those with an interest in wildlife, and you certainly don’t have to be an expert to encounter many of the sought after species in this part of the UK.

“Cycling offers a unique perspective too, as you’re naturally immersed in the landscape from the minute you start peddling, and as so much about wildlife-watching is the joy of a chance encounter, absolutely anything is possible over several days in the Nature Triangle.”

Wildlife top tips for the holiday include:

  • Charismatic puffins amongst 250,000 other seabirds at Bempton and Flamborough
  • Seals, porpoises and even whales and dolphins from the shoreline or via boat at the Living Seas Centre near Bridlington
  • Otters, kingfishers, barn owls and grass snakes at Tophill Low in Holderness
  • The iconic wilderness sand dunes of Spurn Point with avocets nesting nearby
  • Birds of prey like red kites, marsh harriers and peregrines all regular visitors to the area

To find out more, visit www.scootcyclingholidays.co.uk or www.yorkshirenaturetriangle.org.uk


Media contacts – information, interviews, photographs:

Cai Mallett @ Scoot Cycling Holidays: 01904 720003
Tom Marshall @ Yorkshire Nature Triangle: 01904 659570 / 0773 453 8471

Editors Notes:

  1. The Yorkshire Nature Triangle is not-for-profit tourism initiative, backed by the Coastal Communities Fund (Big Lottery) and led by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The project supports small businesses and wildlife watching attractions across East Yorkshire including nature reserves managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Yorkshire Water.
  2. Scoot Cycling Holidays has been providing upmarket cycling holidays across Yorkshire for five years. They believe in showing guests the best of Yorkshire hospitality, getting them off the beaten track and giving them every opportunity to revitalise and refresh.