A charity is hoping to see an increase of pilots to give bike rides to those with limited mobility.

Cycling Without Age (COA) was set up two years ago by local councilors Chris Barrett and Gordon Stewart in a bid to get more people into experiencing the outdoors without the worry of being limited by their mobility.

COA is a global movement that began in Denmark 10 years ago and has now spread across the globe, including Tynedale.

The Tynedale charity trains cyclists to operate a trishaw, a light three-wheeled vehicle, to take passengers around towns and villages in Northumberland.

"The last two years have been incredibly frustrating for us all but more so for those with limited mobility who have had even fewer opportunities to get out and about," Chris Barrett said.

"The more pilots we have, the more time the trishaw can be operational and the more passengers we can take out.

"There is sometimes a little hesitation from our older users when they are presented with the trishaw for the first time as it looks unique, but they very quickly feel at ease and enjoy the journey which usually includes stopping for a spot of lunch or tea and scones.

"The cumulative effects of fresh air, scenery, and social interaction are invaluable to our users. I would encourage volunteers to get in touch."

Trustee of the charity, County Cllr Gordon Stewart adds: "Their support is going to make a huge positive difference to so many people's lives this summer.

Debra Smurthwaite - a new trike volunteer, speaks about her experience as a pilot.

She said: "I am really happy to be involved with this great project which enhances the quality of lives of other those who may not be as mobile as once they were, it has positive benefits for pilots and passengers.

"It was interesting to see other people's reactions along the route.

"Part of my motivation for volunteering was my own mother having dementia and I know she would have loved to ride in the trike with the wind in her hair."