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Charity cyclists to launch new route

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Monday 28 January 2008

28 January 2008

Charity cyclists to launch new route

Cyclists are being sought to take part in a charity ride – and help officially open a £261,000 new cycling route.

It is hoped more than 150 cyclists will take part in the Tissington Triangle charity ride, which starts at 9am on Sunday April 6. The event is being organised by the Rotary Club of Matlock with the support of the Peak District National Park Authority.

It will raise money for Helen’s Trust, a charity which supports people with incurable illnesses so they can stay in their homes rather than go to a hospital or hospice. It helps families from Baslow, Bakewell, Eyam, Hope, Hathersage, Darley Dale, Winster, Youlgreave and Tideswell.

Cyclists in the charity ride will be the first to officially use the Tissington Triangle – a 28-mile cycling route that goes from Parsley Hay, near Hartington, down to Carsington Water, across to Tissington and back up to Parsley Hay.

The route has been created following the opening of an 11-mile ‘missing link’ that joins up with the existing High Peak and Tissington trails. The new link section is a mixture of country lanes, part of the Carsington Water cycling trail and three newly built sections, which cover a total of 1¼ miles.

They are at Bradbourne Mill, Bradbourne; Knockerdown, near Carsington Water and Ryder Point, near Middleton Top.

The work has happened thanks to a Peak District National Park Authority-led partnership project that was also funded by Derbyshire County Council, emda, Severn Trent Water, the Government and the European Union.

Paul Fryer, president of the Rotary Club of Matlock, said: “This new charity ride will generate much needed funds for Helen’s Trust, a local charity providing a vital service to people in poor health.    

“I am sure the Tissington Triangle will become a popular event in people’s diaries. Cycling doesn’t cost the earth and is an exciting way of keeping fit so I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking part to get an application form.”

Entry to the charity cycle ride costs £10 in advance or £12 on the day. Application forms are available after 30 January by visiting www.matlockrotary.org.uk or by ringing Bill Darley on 01433 631222 or Peter Wigglesworth on 01629 56259.

Councillor Andrew Marchington, chair of the services committee at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The Tissington Triangle cycle route is a good example of partnership working for the benefit of the community and the many visitors to the Peak District.

“The cycling route is also a boost to the many businesses that are nearby. We hope they will get extra custom as a result of day visitors or keen cyclists who want to come to the area for a short break.”

A leaflet has been produced to show cyclists the new route, as well as provide details of local accommodation and catering businesses in the area. Copies of the leaflet are available from tourist information centres in the Peak District National Park area or by visiting the authority’s website at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/trailsleaflet.pdf   

Councillor Brian Lucas, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We’re keen to help people live greener, healthier and more active lifestyles. By linking up the Tissington Triangle it gives people another opportunity to get out and about and enjoy Derbyshire's countryside."

Councillor Marchington and Councillor Lucas will be joined by Paul Fryer, president of the Rotary Club of Matlock, to officially open the Tissington Triangle cycling route at 9am on April 6 before setting off the charity cyclists.

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