This is an archived press release
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Bamford’s pioneering Anglers Rest community pub has added a cycling hub to its growing list of amenities.
The pub was bought by village residents in the summer of 2014 after a community share offer raised more than £260,000. It also boasts a café and Post Office, with a combined staff of 30 local people, and is jointly owned by more than 300 people after becoming Derbyshire’s first community-owned pub.
The cycling hub, built with the help of an £11,000 grant from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Cycle Friendly Places Fund, features six lockable bike racks, pump and tool station.
Sally Soady, one of the directors at the Anglers Rest, said: “We had always known that there was a market out there with the cyclists who pass through Bamford, and these facilities are already helping us to tap into that.
“Our café, the Rest, is a perfect place to stop off for tea and cakes and, although we expected most of the customers to be mountain bikers, we have been surprised by how many road cyclists have visited.
“We had someone who stopped recently because they had a problem with their bike and they knew we had the facilities to help get them back on the road. As more people get to hear about that we have to offer through word-of-mouth, we hope it will prove to be popular with visitors and local residents.’’
Richard Godley, sustainable development officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The hub will help the Anglers Rest to spread the word about what a fantastic place this is for cycling, and the plans they have in place should be good news for the community.’’
The new hub will help to promote the new Little John cycle route, which provides an off-road link between Bamford and Hathersage and was funded by the Pedal Peak project.
It also aims to boost the local economy, which is at the core of the Anglers Rest’s ambitions.
Sally added: “All the income from the business stays within the community and 66% of the food we serve in the pub and café is sourced from suppliers within the Peak District National Park.’’