Today, at the Tower of London, Andrew McIntosh launched the first in a series of World Heritage Cycle Rides celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UK's ratification of the World Heritage Convention.

Heritage minister launches World Heritage Cycle Rides scheme

The five-mile ride, from the Tower of London to Greenwich, will be the first of a series of rides organised in

partnership with Sustran this summer. The rides will visit World Heritage Sites such as Stonehenge, the Giant’s Causeway and Hadrian’s Wall.

The aim of the rides is to raise awareness of the UK’s World Heritage Sites and the advantages to be gained from travelling to them in ways other than by car.

Heritage minister Andrew McIntosh said:

"This country is fortunate in having 25 World Heritage Sites, and for most of us, the car may seem the obvious choice when visiting them. However, this dependence on motor transport affects our World Heritage Sites no matter how ‘protected’ they are.

"Taking the time to walk or cycle to a World Heritage Site – better for you and the environment – allows a greater understanding of the scale and location of one of these special places, many of which are from an age when we travelled more slowly. This awareness of the site’s context is often missed when driving."

The selected sites will gain improved cycle parking facilities and additional cycle routes.

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