The oldest bike company in the world will be launching four gravel rides in a bid to highlight how cycling positively impacts mental health.

Pearson Cycles on Upper Richmond Road in East Sheen has launched its 'Inside Out' series which is a 'get back to nature' bike tour that is aimed at getting people away from the busy roads and into nature.

Four rides will take place across spring, summer, autumn and winter across some of London and Surrey’s hidden countryside.

Will Pearson, of Pearson Cycles, said: “The route promises to introduce even the most experienced navigators to a ride which spans lesser-known paths and tracks across south west London.

“Gravel riding allows cyclists to immerse themselves in the natural environment and provides great headspace as well as a wealth of comradery between fellow riders.

“Cycling really can boost people’s mental health which is why we have chosen to support Action for Happiness and the Mental Health Foundation – we are looking forward to raising money and awareness for their work over the next decade.”

Each bike ride that takes place per season will help to highlight different weather conditions and riding skills.

Pearson’s will be supporting Action for Happiness (AFH) and The Mental Health Foundation (MHF)- two leading mental health charities that are smashing the taboo around mental health and improve awareness.

The first ride is on March 21, and will take in a 52km route starting and finishing at Pearson’s Sheen store, where riders will be furnished with coffee and finish-line refreshments from Signal Brewery.

Sportive Breaks will be providing the logistics for the series, with Wahoo Fitness offering up a number of GPS units.

Other Inside Out dates include:

• March 21, – raising money for AFH

• May 20 - is also Mental Health Week and money will be raised for MHF

• September 12 – raising money for AFH

• November 14 – raising money for MHF

There is also an entry cost of £20 per ride with all money raised going to the charities.

Money raised will be donated to Action for Happiness (AFH) and The Mental Health Foundation (MHF).