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Follow the Gimson trail on social cycle ride

Published on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A FASCINATING look at the life of Ernest Gimson forms the basis of a social cycle ride this weekend.

The ride, organised by Sky Ride local, is around 25 miles and sets off at 10am on Sunday (16 Oct) from the Bike Park in Town Hall Square.

Organised by British Cycling in partnership with Sky and Leicester City Council, the rides are led by qualified ride leaders. It’s free to take part and join in.

The Gimson ride is aimed at cyclists who know their way around a bike and are fairly fit, and are comfortable riding with other people. But you don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins – the rides are paced at a comfortable 11-12 miles an hour, providing lots of opportunities to chat as you cycle.

The ride will stop off at a number of properties in Leicester connected to the life of Ernest Gimson, the famous architect and furniture-maker of the arts and craft movement.

It then heads out to the beautiful Charnwood Forest, passing the holiday cottages at Ulverscroft – including Stoneywell – which Gimson built for his siblings.

The ride is suitable for children aged 11 and over, but 11-15 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. Overall ride time, including stops, is likely to be around four hours.

Helmets must be worn by all under-18s, and riders are asked to ensure their bikes are in good working order and to bring equipment to repair punctures.

The ride is one of a series of Sky Ride Local rides that take place over the summer and autumn.

To find out more and sign up, visit and click on ‘guided rides’.