Saddle up and see the Campsies!

Milton of Campsie. Ryan Steele wants to set up a mountain biking track in Lennox Forrest 5.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Milton of Campsie. Ryan Steele wants to set up a mountain biking track in Lennox Forrest 5.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

AMBITIOUS plans are moving up a gear to create a woodland mountain biking trail which could attract cyclists from across Central Scotland.

Ryan Steele, from Milton of Campsie, wants to build the community trail centre in Lennox Forest, near Lennoxtown, and is currently in talks with Forestry Commission chiefs.

The chairman of charity ‘Rebound’ - an organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting mountain biking in Scotland - now wants to attract community support for his dream project.

He told the Herald: “The National Forest Land Scheme allows forestry land to be leased or sold to schemes that will benefit the community - which this certainly does.

“Community support is vital to the application process and Rebound must supply proof of this in the submitted application form.

“The only thing going against us could be environmental issues, but many parts of the forest have already been felled and all we want to do is put in a series of paths.”

Ryan believes that the project would be hugely popular - bringing visitors to the Lennoxtown area and boosting the local economy.

He said: “As of yet there are no facilities like this in west central Scotland and users are having to drive long distances just to ride a well-built and maintained trail centre.”

Ryan (pictured) added “We aim to fill the huge gap in the market with this facility and as of yet have had no reason to believe it could fail.”

If you would like to show your support for a mountain biking trail centre in Lennox Forest, or if you would like to get involved in the scheme, e-mail Ryan at reboundmtb@gmail.com