In order to reduce fuel consumption, air pollution, increasing
traffic pollution and to promote healthier lifestyles, our transport
group is looking at ways to reduce car use within and beyond the
village. Our projects aim to encourage more bicycle use and more
shared transport. If you have ideas of transport projects that you
would like to initiate, please contact
The Bikefix Project
This Transition project aims to get more people cycling around Kings Cliffe by providing a free monthly bicycle repairs and maintenance service and spare parts bank within the community. Our aim is to get you rolling and keep you rolling!
On the first Saturday of every month the Bikefix crew can be found on the green at the top (Wood Road) end of Forest Approach. We will be there from 10am ‘til noon fixing resident’s bikes for free (or small donations). At these free sessions we undertake minor repairs and adjustments as well as giving advice. We just like chatting about bikes! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Any bikes that are brought to us outside of these free monthly sessions are referred to Kings Cliffe Bikefix where our Cytech qualified mechanics offer a complete bicycle servicing and repairs service. Please visit kingscliffebikefix.co.uk for more details.
Here are some local bike ride suggestions to whet your appetite.
Ultimately they will range from short to long, on road, off road, or a
combination of both. We have designed leaflets to help you. They
include a key to indicate the length, difficulty, and terrain, a map
with key decision points marked along the route, helpful descriptive
text, and photos to give you visual markers.
You can print off the
leaflets yourself by downloading a PDF file from the list. You
will need to print the file double-sided and it will then fold into a
leaflet. Great printed in colour but fine in black and white also.
Alternatively you can request to have leaflets printed off for you at
a small cost of 50p per leaflet, by sending an email to Kate
It’s worth pointing out
that the rides that include off-road sections may not be easily
passable when we’ve had long periods of wet weather or farmers
been ploughing fields that have bridleways running across them, the
second half of September and October being the worst time for the
latter. If you don’t mind
getting muddy and/or getting off your bike
and walking you’ll be fine but just be aware of the conditions. Also,
it would not be appropriate to use a road bike, BMX, folding bikes, or
hybrids with slick, narrow tyres. Mountain bikes would be best,
however the responsibility lies with the bike rider.
If you haven’t got much time or feel that you need to get fitter
before tackling one of the longer rides Fineshade Woods has lots of
forest tracks to explore. Maps are available from Top Lodge. There is
a small, medium, and long circuit, so you can mix and match depending
on your mood. Again mountain bikes are most appropriate, however the
forest tracks are generally easy to ride. We are so lucky to have
these woods on our doorstep!
If you have any favourite local bike rides that you think should be
listed here, or any feedback about the existing leaflets, please let
us know by emailing Kate at:
additional leaflets we would need descriptive text, photos if you have
them, and co-ordinates to produce the map. We would be happy to help
you put this information together.
Other Cycling Initiatives
We are looking at ways of improving the cycle network and
facilities for bikes in our area: In addition to the parking facilities at the KC shopper, we have now installed a bike parking rack at the rear of the doctors surgery on West St. We are also in negotiations with the Parish Council to install cycle parking at the village hall. That will be three secure parking sites around the village! Please let us know if you can think of any other locations that would benefit from cycle parking facilities and we'll see what we can do.
Wouldn’t it be great if the disused
railway that runs from Yarwell through Nassington, Kings Cliffe,
Fineshade, Wakerley, Barrowden, almost as far as Seaton could be
transformed into a cycle/walking track?! We have dipped a toe into
looking at the feasibility of this and realised very quickly that’s
it’s a big project that none of us have the time to take on currently.
Is there anyone out there with the passion/time/skills to take it on?
If so contact Kate:
Play the movie, which was shot
in June, to see what you can expect to find on this 15km ride. Starts
& ends in West Street. See if
you can spot the Pheasant!
Transition’s Own Community Minibus
Transition Kings Cliffe operates the minibus as a Community Bus project under a VOSA regulation which allows community groups to operate 'not for profit' bus services.
Our bus has 16 passenger seats and is available for anyone to use at the discretion of the Transition Kings Cliffe Committee.
Anyone proposing to drive the bus must be between the ages of 25 and 70 and have the category D1 as a driving entitlement on their license. They should also not have any recent (within past year) endorsements (points). You will be required to provide some details about the person driving the bus before use. In order to comply with conditions of our insurance, we have to register them as temporary members of Transition Kings Cliffe, which requires an acknowledgement on the booking form.
Bookings can be made on a 'first come first served' basis through Mike Henchy at: email@example.com or Tel/SMS: 07712 442774.
For full details and prices download a copy of the Minibus Hire Terms.
CallConnect is an on demand bus service that operates only in
response to pre-booked requests (on a 'dial a bus' basis). There
is no fixed timetable as the route the bus takes is defined by passenger
demand and can differ each day.
Anyone can use the CallConnect bus service for any reason and
as frequently as required. The service uses modern, fully accessible
minibuses, and most services operate between 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday.
The CallConnect minibus will pick up and set down at designated
locations in each village or town. Home pick ups and drop offs are
also available for people who are unable to use conventional bus
services due to age, disability or mobility impairment.
Registration to become a CallConnect member is FREE, but you must
be registered to book a journey. Fares depend on the journey but
are generally good value, and concessionary bus passes are valid.