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Bike O treasure hunt challenge


Feeling inspired by the Tour of Britain, which comes to Allerdale in September?

We're organising 'Bike O' treasure hunt challenges in partnership with Watchtree and the Allerdale Bike Challenge group for anyone who is interested in getting on their bike and having a bit of fun. 

Bike O mixes cycling with orienteering, with participants navigating between a number of control points marked on a map. The challenges will last between 90 minutes and two hours, and there will be prizes and certificates to be won.

Challenge one

The first event takes place on Wednesday 12 September at the Watchtree Nature Reserve in Wiggonby and you can start any time between 4pm and 6pm with a maximum of 90 minutes to complete the course. This challenge is fully inclusive, will be free of charge and is open to people of all ages and abilities. Bikes can be hired on site and booking is recommended.

To book your place visit Watchtree's website

Challenge two

The second challenge will take place from Workington Leisure Centre on Sunday 30 September and you can start any time between 10am and 11am with a maximum of two hours to complete the course. There are three different routes which vary in difficulty, so this is an ideal event for both families and seasoned cyclists. The entry fee for this challenge is £2 for adults and free for under 16s, and parking is free at the leisure centre. 

To book a place contact Allerdale Borough Council on 01900 702711 or email


Please note that helmets are compulsory and under 16s must be accompanied by adult. Cyclists can choose to ride alone, in pairs or in a group. 

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain heads to Cumbria and the Lake District for two stages on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September, the first of which will be a unique uphill team time trial, the first-ever in the history of the race.