The countdown has most certainly begun on the first ever Peak District Cycling Festival, running from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th September. The event is suitable for bikers of all ages to partake in this nine day celebration through lots of fun and exposure to the summer weather. Activities are being held for cyclists of all abilities from beginners all the way up to regular bikers.
This festival will offer wonderful opportunities to those parcipitating to see spectacular landscapes that the Peak district has on display. This is a great chance for people to get on their bike and book ahead on the event to explore some of the best cycling in the country that they will ever experience.
The bookable activities included in this nine day festival includes learning mountain bike skills with Pennie Way Ranger and Martyn Sharp around Ladybower Reservoir on Saturday 7th September. Also on this activity cyclists will be learn how to use off-road routes,cycling on easy terrain, learn handling of their bike, maintenance and also useful navigation skills. For those interesting in taking part in this event it will start at 10am till 1pm at Derwent cycle-hire centre. Bring own bike and helmet, or hire on site. To book call 01629 816 211.
Another event of this festival will be the mountain biking that will go ahead on Sunday 8th September and Sunday 15th September. On the 8th the biking will be a 15 mile mountain bike ride around Bakewell on bridleways linked by tarmac roads.The route is suitable for adapted bikes. Please bring your own bike, a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing. Cycle helmets must be worn. You will need money for the car park and cafe stop. The ride is free. Starts at 10.30am from the Old Railway Station, Bakewell, DE45 1GE. To book call 01433 631405.
The other mountain biking during this festival will be from Thornbridge at the BikeFest at Thornbridge, Great Longstone, DE45 1NY.This again is a 15 mile mountain bike ride on bridleways linked by tarmac roads. For adults only. Strenuous but not technically difficult. The route is suitable for adapted bikes. Please bring your own bike, a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing. Cycle helmets must be worn. The ride is free. 10.30am to 3pm. To book call 01433 631405.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority said: “The Peak District is fantastic for cycling and offers such a variety of routes, there really is something for everyone.“I hope the Festival will encourage more people to cycle in their everyday lives – for travel to work or the shops, as well as enjoying two wheels to experience the national park countryside.”
There are 65 miles of traffic-free routes, including the High Peak and Tissington Trails, that cross some of the national park’s most beautiful landscapes.The Monsal Trail provides the opportunity to cycle literally through the Peak District hills and dales by way of a series of spectacular tunnels on the former railway line from Bakewell to Blackwell Mill. The festival will most definitely be a wonderful event suitable for all across the Peak District.