This is an archived press release
Tuesday 7 April 2015
A holiday and conference centre in the Derbyshire village of Great Hucklow now boasts the latest cycle-friendly facilities, thanks to support from the Peak District National Park Authority.
The Nightingale Centre has installed police-endorsed cycle storage and a bike wash through a grant from the Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, leading to recognition from the Quality in Tourism/VisitEngland Cyclists Welcome Scheme. It is also accredited under the Walkers Welcome Scheme.
Stella Burney, the centre manager, said: “The Peak District is now a major destination for cycling and this means we can offer secure storage for guests. We have had some wonderful support from the Authority over the years, helping us to make major improvements, and this is a really important development for us.
“There has been substantial refurbishment at the centre and the fact that most of our business is from repeat visitors, or word of mouth, shows that this is a great place to stay.
“But a lot of people in the area don’t even know we exist. Local groups travel far and wide to experience what we can offer on their own doorstep.’’
The centre, which has a 4* hostel rating, has 28 bedrooms, from en-suite doubles to an 11-bed bunk room, and can accommodate 70-plus guests with full catering and bar facilities. It features a children’s play area, sports field, computer suite with Wi-fi access and extensive grounds.
It is popular with school groups and is also used for conferences, educational courses and training, as well as families walkers and social groups.
Richard Godley, sustainable development officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The centre has made big strides in recent years and we are happy to have been able to help support this new project.’’
The Nightingale Centre is a registered charity. It was opened in 1931 as a convalescent home for ex-servicemen.
In the early 20th century, under-privileged children from the inner city areas of Sheffield and Manchester were brought to the centre in open-topped lorries. Typically they stayed for a week, often being introduced to country life for the first time. They were accommodated in a children's home complex which has long since been demolished.
Today, up to 15 weeks are set aside each year to provide children in need with a holiday through Send A Child to Hucklow (SACH).