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Membership Details: Nicholas Cotton

Nicholas Cotton

Born in Bristol and educated at Monmouth and Oxford, Nick has always been interested in exercise, the great outdoors and travel. He has climbed to over 18,000 ft on three continents and trekked extensively in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and New Zealand. He has also walked many of the long distance footpaths in the UK.

Nick's principal source of income in the past 20 years has come from writing over 50 cycle guidebooks describing rides all over the UK, aimed at various sections of the cycling market including easy traffic-free rides for families, mountain bike challenges, rides on networks of quiet lanes and long distance tours. He has also written strategies for local authorities and Tourist Boards in England, Scotland and Wales.

In 2004 Nick moved with his family from Bristol to Cumbria and in 2011 became involved in local politics, being elected in successive years as Kirkby Lonsdale Town Councillor, South Lakeland District Councillor, Cumbria County Councillor and as a result became a Member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. He has been involved with fund raising and co-ordinating work on Kirkby Lonsdale's Riverside Path from Devil's Bridge alongside the River Lune and has helped with the control of invasive plant species in the Lune and its tributaries, organising work parties to pull up Himalayan Balsam and identify and map occurrences of Japanese Knotweed.