HUNDREDS of people got on their bikes to explore the hidden tracks of Wirral's historic Leverhulme Estate at the weekend.

The cyclists, ranging from young children to grandparents, got on their bikes to explore the 4 miles of tracks during the Leverhulme Summer Cycle.

The event was organised by Pedalare, which promotes cycling, and Rethink Now CIC, which works with communities to help them consider what changes they can make to improve air quality and their quality of life.

The event coincided with World Car Free Day and came just a few days after Wirral and more than a week after the borough hosted stage five of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

Andy Mills, a director of Pedalare, said: "It was fantastic to see so many people of all ages enjoying the hidden tracks of the Leverhulme Estate on their bikes.

"The tracks are normally used for farming purposes, so it was great to be able to open them up to the public for the first time.

"We received some amazing feedback from those taking part and we intend to build upon the success of the Leverhulme Summer Cycle with further events next year."

In addition to the cycling, visitors were able to enjoy a selection of food outlets including the newly-opened Brimstage Courtyard Café.

Independent coffee company Elephant Coffee and Dutch-style chip maker Chip’d were stationed on a unique roundabout on the bike route.

Representatives from bike retailers Tracs and K Cycles were also on hand to provide advice on getting into cycling. Also present were Wirral Council’s Road Safety team, Wirral Environmental Network and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds.

Ed Lamb, a director of Rethink Now CIC, said: "Even the rain didn't seem to deter people from coming out on their bikes.

"It was great to see so many young families taking the opportunity to explore the hidden tracks and enjoy some lovely food and drink."