Wensleydale cycling experiences wanted for cafe walls

A cafe owner is appealing for help to decorate their local cycling stories and photos.

Helen Pollard, from Stage 1 Cycles and The Firebox Cafe at the Station Yard in Hawes, says that traditionally their cafe walls have been filled with work by local artists.

But they are now hoping to display photos and stories specially relating to people’s experiences of cycling in Wensleydale, after getting permission for the exhibition from their landlords at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

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Helen said: “It is almost in contrast to the Tour de Yorkshire which is iconic, inspirational and fabulous racing but not real everyday cycling.

“We are interested in personal stories, unique experiences and the fabulous landscape that people cycle through.

“We are hoping to hear from visitors and the local community a like, historic and just last years holiday.

Helen said they were hoping to include as many of the contributions as possible in their exhibition.

“Depending on the response we will see where the stories and photos will take us.

“We are interested in the written word as well as photographs and drawings.

“My idea developed after talking to a visitor to the cafe who told me how he cycled up and down Buttertubs in the Second World War avoiding the tanks posted here on training – it was an amazing tale.”

People can drop off photos and stories at the shop or email Helen at ride@stage1cycles.co.uk