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CYCLING AND CYCLE HIRE - DERBYSHIRE/PEAK DISTRICT

 

 

THE FEATURE

 

There is no better way of exploring the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire and the Peak District, than by bicycle. The area has a number of disused railway trails, that provide miles of mostly flat, traffic free routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

 

Cycle Hire Centres, conveniently located next to the trails provide well maintained bikes to suit individual needs, including cycles suitable for use by people with disabilities. There are picnic sites, refreshments and toilets at all the centres. Car parking is also available and every centre is accessible by bus.

 

 

In addition to the trails, there are a wealth of quiet minor roads suitable for exploration on bikes, in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Also, there is plenty of off-road action for both inexperienced and experienced mountain bikers.

 

The trails are very busy during the peak summer holiday period with cyclists, walkers and sometimes horse riders and it is important at all times to follow the cyclists code.

 

 

GOOD CYCLISTS CODE

 

1. Keep to the left and give way when approaching all other users.

 

2. Please use your bell or give a warning so that other trail users know you are approaching.

 

3. On no account should you race along the trails.

 

4. Only designated routes should be used.

 

 

All the following trails are serviced by Cycle Hire Centres.

 

1.  The High Peak Trail at 17.5 miles is the longest of the trails and links with the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay.

 

2.  Starting in the Staffordshire village of Waterhouses, the Manifold Track runs for nine miles along the valley once served by the Leek and Manifold Light Railway.

 

3.  A Cycle Hire Centre at Fairholmes, caters for the area around Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs.

 

There are a number of other trails in the area, that are not serviced by Cycle Hire Centres, including the Monsal Trail, Longdendale Trail and Middlewood Way. For more detailed information contact the Cycle Hire Centres listed, or the nearest Tourist Information Centre.

 

 

The hire cycles used on the trails are replaced every year to maintain the latest standard of comfort, safety, durability and performance. However, if you have any problems with your hired cycle, or uncertainties about the route you have to follow all you have to do is to ask for assistance. 

 

Having been in existence for a number of years, the trails now form a wonderful habitat for wildlife. They are popular with all ages and provide the disabled and less fit with an opportunity to enjoy the countryside.

 

 

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Courtesy www.peak-tours.com.

 

NEW PROJECTS

 

The BESST project is helping to create new links between trails and businesses throughout the area are joining the scheme to improve the cycling experience for visitors.

 

With over 70 miles of cycling in the White Peak alone you may well want to consider staying overnight or even arrange a touring holiday.

 

In order to help you quickly to find the information you want why not visit the following features to get a real flavour of what the area offers.

 

 

Other Useful Websites:

www.visitpeakdistrict.com

www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

www.derbyshire.gov.uk

www.sustrans.org.uk

www.peak-tours.com

 

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MAIN CYCLE HIRE CENTRES
 
Ashbourne (Tel 01335 343156) to the north of the town centre on the Tissington Trail, just off the road to Mapleton.

 

Carsington (Tel 01629 540478) at Carsington Water Reservoir.

 

Derwent (Tel 01433 651261) off the A57, at Fairholmes Car Park, in the Derwent Valley.
 
Middleton Top (Tel 01629 823204) on the High Peak Trail near Middleton-by-Wirksworth, off the B5035.

 

Parsley Hay (Tel 01298 84493) at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails, off the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road.

 

Waterhouses (Tel 01538 308609) behind the Crown Hotel near the centre of the village, on the A523 between Ashbourne and Leek.Also Brown End Farm (Tel 01538 308313)

 


HORSE RIDING

 

The Pennine Bridleway National Trail starts at Middleton Top, passing through various villages to Hayfield. For more information:

 

www.nationaltrail.co.uk/penninebridleway

 



 

 

Middleton Top Shop

 


IMAGES

 

All the images on this page have been kindly supplied by Derbyshire County Council.

 


 

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

 

The main Tourist Information Centres in Derbyshire, listed below can help you plan a day trip or holiday.

 

Ashbourne:

Tel. 01335 343666.

Bakewell:

Tel: 01629 813227.

Buxton:

Tel. 01298 25106.

Chesterfield:

Tel. 01246 345777/8.

Derby:

Tel. 01332 255802.

Glossop:

Tel. 01457 855920.

Leek:

Tel. 01538 483741.

Matlock:

Tel. 01629 583388.

Matlock Bath:

Tel. 01629 55082.

Ripley:

Tel. 01773 841488.

 


 

MIND YOUR BIKE

 

According to research published by  Direct Line, the UK insurer, more than 1,000 bicycles, worth an estimated 250,000, are now stolen each day in the UK. Most bikes are stolen because their owners fail to lock them securely.

 


 

THE CROMFORD AND HIGH PEAK RAILWAY

 

The construction of the Cromford and High Peak Railway was considered to be an engineering masterpiece which later attracted railway enthusiasts , not only from this country, but all over the world.

 

Middleton Top Engine House still remains with its Butterley beam-engine which used to wind the haulage cables up Middleton Incline. It can be inspected by the public and seen in motion on set days during the summer.

 

The railway track has been converted into the High Peak Trail. It runs  from High Peak Juction on the Cromford Canal to Dowlow near Buxton, a total distance of seventeen and a half miles .

 

Middleton Top where there is a visitor centre and cycle hire shop is an ideal place to commence an exploration of the High Peak Trail.

 

Read the the following features to obtain more information.

 


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