New site for popular Peak District festival that attracts 45, 000 visitors

Cyclists take part in last year's festival.

Cyclists take part in last year's festival.

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A popular vintage cycling festival that attracted 45,000 visitors earlier this year will move to a new location in the Peak District.

The three-day Eroica Britannia proved hugely popular when held at Bakewell Showground in the summer with more than 4,000 cyclists taking part.

Next year’s event will be held on June 16-18 several miles away at the expansive farmlands surrounding Friden Grange in the Peak District National Park.

It will be the fourth annual festival and organisers have moved it so festival goers can enjoy easier access onto the High Peak Trail, which runs running straight through the festival grounds.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “We are delighted to reveal our new location which allows us to refine and develop both the festival and the ride experience.

“The deciding factor for our move is the High Peak Trail which cuts through the festival site and allows us to really focus on exploring new parts of the National Park giving a greater scope of territory and connectivity by bike to our audience.

“The new festival site also gives us more space to organically spread out for camping and parking as well as to expand on key activations for the weekend. It is a beautiful location and one we are proud to put our name on for our fourth Eroica Britannia.’

The festival is known iwhtin the cycling community as ‘the world’s most handsome bike ride’ as participants use pre-1987 bicycles and shun modern clothing such as lycra.

It was imported from Italy, where L’Eroica events have been running for more than 40 years.

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