Pedalling skills to connect people and places.

Past Projects

Other Cycle Route Projects originated and surveyed

The Haltwhistle - Alston - Brampton Greenway ‘T’ Route: utilising the South Tyne Trail and its extension in conjunction with the disused Lord Carlisle Railway track. Purchased land and negotiated with some 30 landowners and / or stakeholders (1999 / 2000)

The Source to Sea Cycle Routes: a series of down-valley cycle routes following the main rivers in the region namely:- The River South Tyne, the River North Tyne, the River Eden, the River Wear, the River Tees, NB. Plus all other rivers in the region (1996 / 2002)

Conceived and surveyed Cycle Tour of Northumberland (oddly named Northumbria’s Cycling Kingdom) linking 3 NCN routes in a triangular cycle tour of the county (1993/4)

Conceived and surveyed Cycle Tour of the North Pennines (orbital / zig-zag route) with optimum use of existing or planned cycle routes (1997) resulted in the Wheels to the Wild Cycle Route.

Surveyed, wrote study and guidebook description for Wheels to the Wild (cycle tour visiting 4 dales in the North Pennines) on behalf of North Pennines AONB (2005/6)

Surveyed main route corridors and advised on Furness Penninsular Greenways Pilot Scheme (2000/2001)

Cumbria Cycleway: completed route assessment, review and re-alignment with NCN (1998)

Survey of the Borderlands Cycle Route between Carlisle and Berwick upon Tweed (1998)

Conceived Cycle Tour of The Cheviots and Kielder (1998)

Pennine Cycleway (South) – Derby to Kendal (off-road version)

Sandstone Way: linnear MTB Route between Berwick on Tweed & Tynedale

Cycle Route Signing

(2005) Produced draft Cycle Route Signing Strategy for Cumbria
(2005) Produced Signing Schedule and erected signs for Hadrian’s Cycleway in West Cumbria
(2005) Prepared signing audit for NCN Route 68 (Kendal to Tan Hill)
(2005) Prepared signing audit for North Tyneside MBC (circa 15 miles)
(2005) Prepared signing audit for Northumberland CC (circa 300 miles)
(2003/4) Audited cycle route signing in 13 local authorities for ERCDT
(2001) Undertook a digital signing audit for the Reivers Cycle Route (Cumbria and N’land)
(2000) Co-ordinated the signing schedule for the C2C Cycle Route (Cumbria to Co Durham)
(2000) Co-ordinated the signing schedule for NCN Route 7 (Penrith via Carlisle to Gretna)
(1997) Co-ordinated the original signing schedule for the Reivers Cycle Route (150 miles)

Other related cycling development project and / or products

Interpretation, signing, seating and artworks audit on NCN Routes 1 and 14 (Durham CC / 2000)
Negotiated land transfer and fixed-term licences for NCN Route 7 south of Longtown
Originated NCN in Northumberland and core routes network for Cumbria LTP1 document
Preparation of original ‘Northumbria on Two Wheels’ (NTB) leaflet plus update version
Surveyed Consett ex-Steelworks Site for shared use paths including landscaping (1994/5)
Co-ordinated study for Disabled Access in Countryside Park in North Tyneside (2000)
Prepared Cycle Routes report for North Pennines Partnership (2000)

Cycle Route Project Work for Cycle Route Service-providers

Presented ' The Continuum & Process for Creating a New Cycle Route ' at VeloCity International Conference at Munich 2007
Led inauguration Cycle Ride of Pennine Cycleway / July 2003 (c85 cyclists per day)
Presented a paper entitled ‘The Dynamics of Cycle Tourism: A Construct’ at VeloCity International Conference: Glasgow 2001
Attended International Greenways Conference in Spain (October 2000)
Co-ordinator of 320 miles / 8 day Ride the Net Sponsored Cycle Ride for Sustrans (Reivers Cycle Route + C2C) May 1999
Consultant to Rogaland (Norway) for North Sea Cycle Route (1998)
Attended VeloCity conferences at Trondheim (1998), Graz (1999) & Scotland (2001) each accessed by cycle and public transport
Pro-active role in creation and development of a Regional Cycle Routes Strategy since 1997
Co-ordinator of 400 mile / 8 day Sponsored Cycle Ride for Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in June 1997 (c80 cyclists per day)
Cycle study visits to Norway, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, Holland, Spain and Switzerland since 1997 (all by cycle and public transport / self-financed)

General Cycle Route support work and research and organised Cycle Rides

People & Place Project for NNPA (2000/01) linking open and planned cycle routes with service providers including 1 day workshop on Bunkbarns and diversification
Cycle Facilities Provision survey for Hadrian's Wall Tourism Partnership (2001)
Prepared Feasibility Study for proposed Walney to Wear Cycle Route being a Return C2C (south) option (2000)
Prepared and delivered C2C Cycle Route diversion schedule during Foot and Mouth epidemic
Conceived / surveyed / developed a wide range of subsidiary cycle routes, loops and link routes in the Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders
*NB. During the period prior to 1994, my activity travel and training business co-ordinated ‘outdoor activity’ packages of all types for some 300,000 clients. These included walking, cycling, mountaineering, rock climbing, caving, camping, hut to hut walking tours, canoeing, sailing, orienteering, all types of skiing and a wide range of other outdoor activities.

Other relevant experience / Important Contacts

I have worked closely with a number of major County and District Councils (as well as many Parish Councils) across the north of England. negotiating on behalf of Carlisle City Council as well as working closely with Cumbria, Durham, Scottish Borders and Northumberland County Councils + Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside. Other partners include the Countryside Agency, Northumberland, Yorkshire and the Lake District National Park Authorities, the National Trust, RSPB, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, North Pennines AONB & North Pennines Heritage Trust, Northumberland and North West Water Authorities, the MOD, Northumberia and Cumbria Tourist Boards, Forest Enterprise, the Highway Agency, NFU and CLA, landagents, farmers and property owners of all categories.

Other working partners include Sustrans, the CTC, England's North Country, British Tourist Authority and Tynebikes.

My Cycle Route Development CV does not pay much attention to my previous work prior to full time employment in sustainable travel planning and implementation. My early career was in agriculture which included attending Northumberland College of Agriculture where I obtained a National Cert of Agriculture. This was followed by a period of various farming-related posts including estate management, soil analysis and sales training / negotiation with farmers and landowners. I went on to gain a Diploma of Education and taught Environmental Science and instructed Outdoor Pursuits whilst developing skills working with children with Special Needs and Disabled people. I have a BA in Social Psychology (Open University) and managed my own Holiday / Outdoor Pursuits* and Personal Development company for some 20 years until my son then aged 20 received serious head injuries in a car crash in 1990. Cycling continues to be part of his rehabilitation.

I have a strong and life-long affinity with the countryside and I have lived in rural Northumberland for over 45 years. My home is a successful Bed & Breakfast business which my wife operates as well as owning and managing a self-catering cottage and a self-catering apartment in a large chalet in the French Alps.

I have many years experience of walking and cycling in the UK and in all Alpine regions including working with children with Special Needs and severely disabled people. Between 1995 and 2003 I dedicated time each year for research and personal development by initiating a series of Study Visits to a number of other European countries. The main interest and focus of my visits was to identify the ‘cornerstones’ and ‘building bricks’ of Cycle Tourism in terms of : infrastructure, conflict avoidance, support services, interpretation, signing and waymarking, on- route information, mapping, monitoring, analysis and evaluation, promotion / marketing, utility blending with recreational cycle trips and Cycle Network / Route Management policy.

Some of my trips have been incognito whilst others have been formal educational visits. Apart from many years of professional and personal involvement with outdoor activities and countryside access, since 1997 I have cycled and/or walked a wide variety of linear routes and Greenways. In the UK, I have walked many Long Distance routes and I have cycled the C2C, the Reivers Cycle Route and the Coast & Castles Cycle Route numerous times; Carlisle to Berwick upon Tweed, Carlisle to Glasgow, Glasgow to Inverness, Skye to Glasgow, Sanquar to Berwick upon Tweed, Derby to Kendal and Teesside to York as well as making many cycle tours not formally promoted as such. Unfortunately, my application in 2001 for a Churchill Travel Fellowship to extend these Study Tours to Canada, Australia and the USA was unsucccessful.

I am a member of the YHA, the South Pennines Packhorse Trust and the Byways and Bridleways Trust and my application to become an Associate member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way Officers (IPROW) is being processed. I work closely with the BHS but also with Cumbria Bridleways Association and the Ramblers Association. In Autumn 2000, I attended the National Federation of Bridleways Association’s Annual Training Workshop. The agenda included ''improving PROW - the Planning Position',' UCRs - surface standards', 'Conservation and Wildlife Legislation and the CROW Act. In March 2000 I attended a 1 day seminar on 'Creating Paths and Managing soil Erosion' organised by the CoAg in conjunction with Hadrian's Wall National Trail followed up with a 2 day programme of site visits in October 2000 to look at best practice. I have advised the Countryside Agency NE on the ROWIP initiative.

I am a voluntary member of the Joint Local Access Forum for Northumberland and an active member of Hexham Civic Society as spokesman for transport and the environment and a member of Hexham Civic Society.

My commitment to cycling and particularly Cycle Tourism has enabled me to have a major influence on the structure of the northern part of the NCN in conjunction with the identification of a strategically planned support network of recreational cycle routes across the whole region. It is this overview and associated level of understanding which contributed towards the production of the North East Cycle Tourism Strategy and also the Cycle Tourism Strategy for Cumbria.

For me, cycling has become intrinsically bound into my lifestyle yet I still find time to mountaineer and walk in the hills. Professionally, Cycle Tourism is my specialism and was my full time work. It is set in a time-frame context of several decades emersed in the Tourism industry yet balanced with timely imput into education and farming. This unusual mix, combined with a natural affinity with all things rural, including my home since 1967, provides the foundation for my understanding of, and vision for, the link between walking and cycling and the so-called ‘rural economy’.

A cycle route (or indeed a route of any sort) is not a product and until this is recognised, the named long distance cycle routes in the UK will continue to be under-used and under-achieve. It will take focus, skill and vision to waken the ‘sleeping giant’ which is Cycle Tourism and feed the voraciously healthy appetite it has for goods and services. It will not happen by itself or in consequence to best intention.

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Ted Liddle

Cycle Tourism & Greenway Development specialist

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