This is an archived press release
Monday 31 January 2011
A section of the Monsal Trail is to be closed temporarily to ensure public safety while work is carried out to re-open four former railway tunnels.
The Peak District National Park Authority is improving the existing Monsal Trail between Bakewell and Wye Dale by opening new sections through the tunnels for cyclists, walkers and horse riders to use.
The work is part of the £2.25 million Pedal Peak District project, which has also included a marketing campaign to encourage more people to go cycling in the Peak District National Park.
From Monday 7 February, until mid March, a section of the Monsal Trail, from Upperdale to Monsal Head, will be closed to enable the work to be carried out.
The bridleway from Brushfield to Netherdale, approached from the western end of Monsal Head Viaduct, will remain open but have contractors checking to ensure the public can cross safely.
All other parts of Monsal Trail will be open as usual but users are asked to be aware that vehicles may use the route at times to bring equipment to the site.
Rhonda Pursglove, project manager for Pedal Peak District, said: "It is an amazing experience to go through the tunnels and see the fantastic views of the countryside as you come out.
"We are looking forward to completing the work so that cyclists, walkers and horse riders can experience that feeling for the first time since the tunnels closed in 1968."
The temporary closure is necessary so heavy machinery can be brought on to the trail without endangering public safety.
Rhonda added: "We are sorry for the disruption the work will create but I'm sure people will realise it is worth it when the end result will bring a much better route for people to enjoy in the future."
Warning signs are being put up at key points on the Monsal Trail to explain the work taking place. Local cycling, walking and horse riding groups have also been informed.
The new route through the former railway tunnels is expected to open to the public in May or June.
The Monsal Trail is built on the route of the former Midland Railway Line, which closed in 1968.