New electric bikes
A new electric bicycle hire scheme across Exmoor National Park and the Quantocks was launched recently at Tarr Steps, near Dulverton, Exmoor. Getting up the beautiful Exmoor hills is now as easy as if you were an Olympic athlete.
The electric bicycles, or e-bikes as they are commonly known, are available to hire from the White Horse Inn, Exford; the Tarr Farm Inn, Dulverton; the Staghunters Inn, Brendon; the Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster; and Exmoor Mountain Bike Hire at Wimbleball Lake and Brushford. The project, supported by Exmoor National Park Authority and the Quantocks AONB, is looking for one more hire agent in the Quantocks.
In addition, a network of around twenty pubs, cafes and restaurants across the region have signed up as charging points, where customers will be able to recharge their batteries in more ways than one.
Hilary Lester of Tarr Farm Inn said, “E-bikes help you take on hills with ease, and since they are as silent as ordinary bikes hirers can get really close to the amazing wildlife of Exmoor. A fully charged battery will go for around twenty miles and by using the charging points visitors can make their journeys of discovery and exploration as long or as short as they wish.”
The e-bikes are Wisper 705SEs which are renowned for their hill-climbing prowess and which have been provided by Reaction Electric of Taunton, with funding from the Western Somerset Local Action for Rural Communities (LARC) scheme.
Published: 23 April 2012
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