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Cycle ride to celebrate Tissington Trail’s 40th anniversary

This is an archived press release

Friday 12 August 2011

Families, residents and holidaymakers are invited to join a guided cycle ride to celebrate 40 years of the Peak District National Park Authority’s Tissington Trail.

This free event on Tuesday August 30 will explore the history of this popular traffic free trail – one of the first of its kind in the UK when it first opened in 1971.

The ride will be led by national park staff and is suitable for people of all ages whether new to cycling or experienced pedal-pushers.

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the Hartington signal box.

The ride starts at 11am. Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre (SK17 ODG for satnavs). There is no need to book, people can bring their own bike or hire one from the cycle hire centre.

Visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cycle for information on cycle hire charges.

Property Manager, Abi Ball, who manages the Tissington Trail, said: “The Tissington Trail has always been popular attracting millions of visitors who enjoy the fantastic views and beautiful display of wildflowers along the trail sides.

“This year, visitors will be able to see conservation management in action, as for the first time sheep grazing will take place on the sides of the trail.”

The sheep will graze at Fenny Bentley Cutting and Parsley Hay Cutting from late summer and over winter, eating this year’s grass growth and helping to control the spread of scrub, for the benefit of next year’s wild flowers, such as orchids, bistort, knapweed and cowslips.

Both cuttings will be fenced to keep the sheep in. This work has been funded by the SITA Trust which supports projects that make lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life.

This is an archived press release

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