Peak park trail is up and running

IT’S already being described as one of the most spectacular routes in the country for cyclists, walkers and horseriders.

The Monsal Trail, which stretches from Bakewell to just short of Buxton on the former Midland Railway line, will be officially opened on Wednesday by Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Four tunnels have been opened up as part of a £2.25m project carried out by the Peak District National Park Authority with money from the Government’s Department of Transport.

The authority is keen to see the trail as a benefit for local people as well as tourists, and Sheffield’s cycling cooperative, Pedal Ready, has been working with Derbyshire schools and individuals to encourage people to get on their bikes more often. More than 300 children and adults took part in training or events to improve their confidence.

Clare Kelly, of Pedal Ready, said: “We’re very pleased the Peak District National Park Authority recognise that working with local people is essential to make the best use of new facilities like the Monsal Trail to encourage the change that everyone wants to see: more people using their bikes as day to day transport as well as to have fun and to get out to explore the magnificent Peak District countryside.”

*Pedal Ready Peak District’s activities continue from early June with ‘Cycling Sundays’ at the Bakewell Agricultural Centre with short rides, free skills and basic maintenance training. Tel 2412775 or start@pedalready.co.uk.