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Cyclists get the power on the High Peak Trail

This is an archived press release

Monday 18 July 2011

Visitors riding electric bikesCyclists can do themselves a power of good with new electric bikes on the High Peak and Tissington trails.

Electric bikes, which combine healthy exercise with a power-boost just when you need it, are now available at the Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre, close to the junction of the trails near Hartington.

Charlotte Bowler, cycle hire team manager for the Peak District National Park, said: “Electric bikes are ideal for those who struggle to ride a standard bike or maybe find it difficult to keep up with others in their group, and most importantly they’re great fun to ride.

“They’re pedal-assisted, which means that the electric motor only works while you are pedalling so you are still getting a work-out. You can choose from three power-levels – eco, which gives 25% assistance, normal for 50% and sport 75% - and they have a range of about 25 miles on one charge.”

Hirers should book the electric bikes in advance, and they need to bring photo-ID and a £50 deposit. The bike-hire itself is £15 for a half-day or £25 for the day. They can call 01298 84493 or email parsleyhay.cyclehire@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre also has a wide range of normal bikes to suit all ages and abilities, including tandems, trailers for children, and models for disabled people.

A refreshment kiosk serving locally sourced and Fair Trade products is available on site along with toilet facilities.  Its location near Hartington, just off the A515 between Buxton and Ashbourne, gives access to both the High Peak and Tissington trails, offering fine views of the limestone scenery of the White Peak.

For more information go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cycle

Parsley Hay is part of a pilot Peak District Electric Bicycle Network, which includes hire points and charge point providers in such places as holiday accommodation, pubs, cafes and visitor attractions. For more details go to http://electricbicyclenetwork.com

This is an archived press release

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