This is an archived press release
Tuesday 4 July 2006
4 July 2006
Peak pedal power launch for National Parks Week
The official launch of the Peak District’s newest cycle hire centre will set the wheels in motion for National Parks Week 2006.
Andrew Pugh, chair of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, and Tony Hams, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, will cut the ribbon on the redeveloped £500,000 Parsley Hay cycle hire and visitor centre near Hartington on Monday July 17.
Located at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington old railway trails, Parsley Hay offers 30 miles of traffic-free cycling - and more to come in the future when new routes extending the cycle trails network open up.
Like the other National Park cycle hire centres at Ashbourne and Derwent, it has brand new bikes every year, including trailers and buggies for children and adapted bikes for disabled people. The centre also features new toilets and a refreshment kiosk.
National Park cycle services manager Robert Dallison said: We hope many more people will take the opportunity of healthy exercise in spectacular scenery. The new centre has modern visitor facilities, including a shop and information - it invites people to browse and find out more about the Peak District.”
The centre was part-funded by the European Union and the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
The official opening will herald the start of National Parks Week (July 21 to 28) in the Peak District, when people can take part in a wide variety of guided walks to explore the area and discover its history and ecology.
Focused on the theme of Stretch your legs, stretch your mind,” the walks include: Summer on the Kinder Plateau (July 22), Heartstart Walk (July 22), a Treasure Trail in the Macclesfield Forest (July 23) and a Dovestone Stroll (July 23). There’s also the Old Saxon Portway - Bakewell (July 25), Legends and History of Stanton Moor (July 26), White and Dark Peak Wildlife Walk (July 26), Blooming Biodiversity and Blooming Kinder (July 29).
To find out more, log on to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk click on ‘News’ and then click on ‘National Parks Week’. To find out more about National Parks Week events around the country, log on to www.nationalparks.gov.uk