Cyclists in the district are being urged to saddle up and take part in a bike ride in aid of a children’s charity.

Organisers of this year’s Ride for the North want people to join the fundraising pedal for Barnardo’s. The 220-mile journey departs Ripley Castle near Harrogate on June 27, arriving in Edinburgh on June 30.

Julie Patmore, who is organising the event for the third year, said: “The ride is quite hilly so you will need to train but it’s important to remember you’ve got all day and there will be plenty of rest stops along the way as we take a break every 15 miles or so for a drink, snack and a good lunch.

“It’s great fun too as you share the experience with other riders, spur each other on when the going gets tough and share a well-earned drink and a few laughs over dinner at the friendly hotels and bed and breakfasts where we spend the night.”

For an information pack contact Mrs Patmore on 07803 037439.

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