ILFRACOMBE Healthy Town is rolling out a series of schemes to offer people of all ages free access to cycling. The aim is to give everyone in the town a chance to enjoy cycling, whether by getting back onto bikes after several years or joining guided ride

ILFRACOMBE Healthy Town is rolling out a series of schemes to offer people of all ages free access to cycling.

The aim is to give everyone in the town a chance to enjoy cycling, whether by getting back onto bikes after several years or joining guided rides around Ilfracombe. There is an opportunity for adults to learn if they have never cycled before.

Anyone who doesn't own a cycle can borrow one by contacting the number below. Free bike rental for all ages will be available from October.

Free cycling opportunities already available include a Bike4Life Club for ages seven to 12 every Monday from 3.30-5pm at Ilfracombe Junior School. The after school club is run by Jamie Petrie and has bike rides, cycling safety, bike maintenance and games.

Sunday, October 10 sees the first free Fortnightly Family Bike Ride, led by Jamie and starting at Station Road in Ilfracombe, heading up to the Fortescue along the old railway line before back to Ilfracombe.

It takes place every other Sunday and is open to the whole family, but children must be accompanied by a parent. Also open to lone adults.

From next Tuesday there will be a free six week Get Back on Your Bike Course for adults, at Ilfracombe Arts College from 5.30-6.30pm.

Finally a free Learn to Cycle course is available for adults, at any time. Instructors can work one on one or with groups in a safe and discreet location.

"We are determined to give everyone in Ilfracombe the opportunity to enjoy cycling, with no barrier caused by cost," said Richard Slaney, Ilfracombe Healthy Town Coordinator.

For more information or to book a place on any of the above courses call Ilfracombe Healthy Town on (01271) 879018 or visit www.ilfracombehealthytown.com.