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Cycle shuttle service launched in the Peak District linking railway stations with local trails

Service will run from Buxton and Matlock until October

A new cycle shuttle service has been launched in the Peak District to provide easy access to the national park’s various traffic-free cycle routes. Launched this week, The Peak Cycle Shuttle will collect passengers and their bikes from Buxton and Matlock railway stations, taking them to the High Peak, Monsal and Tissington trails.

The service is timed to coincide with trains and will operate until October. Return tickets start from £7 per adult or £3.50 per child under 14. More information about days and timings can be found on the booking website.

Councillor Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said:

“The new Peak Cycle Shuttle is a great way to enjoy cycling on traffic-free trails through some of the most beautiful scenery you will find anywhere. It’s the perfect excuse to leave the car at home and make the most of the countryside. And because the service has been designed to work with the train timetables, there should be minimum waiting time and maximum enjoyment time.’’

The High Peak, Monsal and Tissington trails are all accessible through the service, which is being operated by Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, supported by the Peak District National Park Authority. The bus is fitted out to carry bikes, but will also be taking passengers to two cycle hire centres which stock a range of bikes and tandems, as well as accessories such as child buggies and baby seats.

Parsley Hay centre is well-placed for access to the High Peak and Tissington trails, while Fairholmes in the Upper Derwent Valley is near to the various trails that run alongside the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden reservoirs. Bike hire prices start from £13 per adult or £9 per child under 14, but those travelling on the shuttle will get a 10 per cent discount.

In October of last year, plans to put the Peak District at the heart of a national cycling network were given the go-ahead by the Peak District National Park Authority. The Wider Peak District Cycle Strategy will involve expansion of the area’s network of trails and sign-posted routes as well as an improvement in cycling facilities. The overall aim is to improve infrastructure so as to make the Peak District more welcoming to cyclists with a long-term view towards stimulating the cycling economy.

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sfichele | 8 years ago

Somefella beat me to it. This is a great idea, but wont work because of the 2 bike limit on trains. For example if you look at the trains from Nottingham you cant realistically transport more than 6 cyclists a day to Matlock and have time to ride the trail and return by train. The train capacity is a joke.

Some Fella | 8 years ago

This is a superb idea.
One small fly in the ointment though and that is train companies idiotic policy regarding bikes.
This service will (rightly) encourage more people to attempt to take their bikes on the trains and knowing train companies like i do they will probably ban people for 'health and safety'.

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