This is an archived press release
Friday 1 August 2014
Families, biking beginners and more experienced cyclists are being urged to get on two-wheels to explore the Peak District National Park this summer.
National Park rangers are leading guided cycle rides to introduce people to some of the Peak District's best routes that will help build people's cycling confidence whilst enjoying fabulous views of the landscape.
Ranger Martyn Sharp, one of the ride leaders, said: "In the wake of the Tour de France people are keen to experience the Peak District National Park by bicycle.
"We've arranged a number of cycle rides to cater for different levels of ability but one thing is for sure, come rain or shine, the national park provides beautiful scenery to cycle through."
Thursday August 14, Trail, Tunnels and Town by Bike
10.30am to 2.00pm (3 hours and 30 minutes)
A 14 mile cycle ride on traffic-free trails and minor roads to discover more about the River Wye viewed from the Monsal Trail. It includes riding through four of the famous tunnels. Suitable for accompanied children over 12, riding independently. Meet at Millers Dale Old Station car park, post code SK17 8SN. Bring a bike and helmet or hire a bike from Parsley Hay at a discounted rate. Packed lunch and weather appropriate clothing needed. Costs £3 per person. To book call 01629 816211.
Saturday August 16, New Bike Trails in the National Park
10.30am to 3.30pm (5 hours) A 15 mile mountain bike ride on the new trails on the Eastern Moors on the Sheffield side of the national park. Suitable for confident road riders and experienced off road cyclists as it includes some rough sections and uneven rocky ground, some main roads, bridleways and tracks. Meet in the lay-by above the Fox House pub, on the A6187 Hathersage to Sheffield road (grid reference: SK2665 8026, postcode S11 7TY). Start 10.30am, finish 3.30 pm. Helmets must be worn. Free of charge but donations welcome. Book places on 01629 816211.
Sunday August 17, Tour de Peak
10.00am to 5.00pm (7 hours)
Relive the spirit of the Tour de France with this family activity trail from Parsley Hay cycle hire centre. Bring a bike or hire one. The route is an easy 5 miles in total, there and back, along the traffic-free Tissington Trail. Or, the more adventurous can go for a 9 mile circular route, returning along the High Peak Trail. Costs £3 per person. Also, family activities at the cycle hire centre. To book call 01629 816211.
Wednesday August 20, Off-road Mountain Bike Riding for Beginners - Cardlemere Loop
10.30am to 2.30pm (4 hours)
An 11 mile cycle ride for families along the traffic-free High Peak Trail and Cardlemere Lane – an unsurfaced track. Mostly flat but a challenging short climb and an exhilarating long descent. Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre which is off the A515, Buxton to Ashbourne road, near Monyash (grid reference: SK1465 6369, postcode: SK17 0DG). Helmets must be worn, packed lunch and weather appropriate clothing needed. Free of charge but donations welcome. To book phone 01629 816211.
Sunday August 24, Cycles, cotton and cheese!
11.00am to 4pm (5 hours)
A leisurely undulating cycle ride through parts of the White Peak and South West Peak landscapes with stunning views and taking in parts of the Dove Valley, the Tissington Trail and the national cycle network. Enjoy a rest stop in a pretty Peak District village where refreshments can be purchased. Suitable for occasional or regular cyclists who are comfortable riding on quiet roads (but not beginners). Bring your own bike or hire one. Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre which is off the A515, Buxton to Ashbourne road, near Monyash (grid reference: SK1465 6369, postcode: SK17 0DG). Helmets must be worn, packed lunch and weather appropriate clothing needed. Free of charge but donations welcome. To book phone 01629 816211.
There are more details of guided walks, cycle rides and other activities throughout the year on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting