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Pedal the Peak District for National Bike Week

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Residents and visitors are invited to explore the Peak District on two wheels in National Bike Week with the launch of a new cycle routes leaflet.

The ‘Pedal the Peak District: 9 journeys of discovery by bike’ leaflet has Ordnance Survey maps and directions for nine superb cycle routes through some of the area’s most scenic countryside.

It has been produced by the Peak District National Park Authority and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.

‘Pedal the Peak District’ is available at visitor centres and cycle hire centres throughout the Peak District. The routes can be also be downloaded from www.visitpeakdistrict.com/activities/cycling.aspx

The nine cycle tours range from 7 to 28 miles long. Each route has been carefully researched to offer great cycling along quiet lanes and traffic-free trails, fantastic views, eating and drinking places plus some of the most attractive villages and market towns.

Two of the routes, ‘Matlock moors, hills and mills’ and ‘Hills, dales and trails’, are being showcased in a series of free guided rides on offer during National Bike Week, which runs from 18 to 26 June.

Event organiser Carol Parsons, of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We’re offering guided cycle rides in different locations around the national park to show people how cycle-friendly the Peak District is and there are routes they can use no matter what their level of ability.

Everyone who takes part in the guided rides will be given a Pedal the Peak District leaflet to inspire them to leave their cars at home and explore the area by bike.

Carol added: “Cycling is a great way to enjoy the countryside and get closer to nature, so join in the fun and boost your fitness at the same time.”

David Thornton, head of marketing and deputy chief executive at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, said:  “National Bike Week is a great excuse to get out into the great outdoors and discover the joys of life on two wheels, whatever your age or experience.

“I hope as many people as possible will discover or rediscover the pleasures of cycling by joining these guided rides, then exploring other routes in the new Pedal the Peak District leaflet.”

The free guided cycle rides will take place on:

Saturday June 18, 10.30am to 2.30pm - Introduction to mountain biking

An 11 mile circuit of Derwent and Howden Reservoirs with experienced cyclist and National Park ranger, Martyn Sharp. Learn basic navigation and bike maintenance as well as practicing bike handling skills on a quiet road and forest tracks with a few short hills. Bikes can be hired from Derwent Cycle Hire at Fairholmes. Helmets must be worn. Families welcome, but children must be accompanied. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. Dress for the weather conditions. Meet at Fairholmes visitor centre, S33 0AQ. There is a small shop, refreshment kiosk and toilets. The car park is pay and display. Booking essential on 01629 816290.

Wednesday June 22, 1pm to 4pm - Matlock moors, hills and mills (route no.5 in the leaflet)

A 24 mile hilly guided ride on mainly quiet roads led by Derbyshire Dales’ countryside service staff. The route includes riding up a challenging steep hill and follows scenic roads across high moorland. Participants need to bring a drink and their own bicycle. Cycle helmets recommended. Meet outside Matlock railway station, DE4 3NA. Not suitable for children. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Booking essential on 07775 931083.

Thursday 23 June, 2pm to 4:30pm - Hills, dales and trails (route no. 8 in the leaflet)

A 9.5 mile guided ride led by the Peak District National Park Authority's landscape architect Garrie Tiedeman, to find out about the area’s fascinating landscape. Cycle on a traffic free trail and a stretch of gated road, Bring money for the stop for afternoon tea at a traditional farmhouse. Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre, SK17 0DG. Ride your own bicycle or hire one from Parsley Hay. Helmets recommended. Not suitable for children. A reasonable level of fitness is required. To book a place contact Pedal Peak District on 01629 816297 or pedal@peakdistrict.co.uk

Lovers of life in the open air surrounded by wonderful scenery can also look forward to Visit Peak District & Derbyshire’s Active Peak campaign in the autumn, when cycling will be one of a host of fun, healthy activities under the spotlight.

This is an archived press release

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