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Wales-2-Dales Cycle Challenge

As part of our fundraising efforts for 2019, one of the challenges we have set ourselves is to cycle between our two caravan parks furthest apart… in a day!!

This has been born mostly out of bravado on the back of Liz Jones’s 2018 challenge when she successively completed her ‘Cycle to Work’ challenge. Boys being boys though, thought WE can do something bigger and better, and came up with this idea…. Starting to worry now about 2020!!

Our cycle ride will commence from Green Pastures Caravan Park, Abersoch, on the morning of 28th June 2019 when members of Thornley Leisure Parks staff will set off on a 185mile cycle challenge to arrive at Gallaber Caravan Park, North Yorkshire, in the light of day!!

Exact details of the route are still to be finalised, but it will roughly consist of a cycle through the Llyn Peninsula and along the North Wales coast. Taking in stops at McDonalds for refreshments and at Tides Bistro on The Beach Caravan Park for a big breakfast. We shall travel clockwise around the Wirral peninsula before jumping on the Mersey Ferry for a little rest, relaxation and more food.

Arriving in Liverpool the plan is to cycle north out of the city up to Southport before cutting across under Preston, over Blackburn and skirting the bottom of the Forest of Bowland taking in Clitheroe and Sawley before crossing the finish line, as such, and arriving at Gallaber Park hopefully in time to have a few beers in the new bar, The Stag @ Gallaber.

Taking part in this epic, stupid, crazy challenge from Thornley Leisure Parks are David Thornley Jnr, Chris Darbey and Andy Bunce. They will be supported on the road by fellow cyclists Stuart Smith, Andy Kiddell and Chris Beadmore. A back up group of friends and staff will also be driving the route ahead of them to offer support and general banter to encourage them along the way.

Why do this you might think??

Firstly, we had to come up with something to trump Liz Jones’s cycle to work challenge from 2018.

Secondly, it’s a great way to promote our new bar and development at Gallaber Park.

Thirdly, and most importantly, to raise much-needed funds for a local charity, Ty Gobaith (Hope House) which Thornley Leisure Parks have supported for over 15 years.

Hope House Children’s Hospices – Hope House at Oswestry and Ty Gobaith at Conwy – provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. If you would like to donate please follow the link below, thank you.

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