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New cycle trail passes 50,000 users mark

Posted 6 January 2012
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New cycle trail passes 50,000 users mark
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Those who have been riding Mountain bikes on the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire have been in good company since the old railway tunnels on the route were opened last year.

New data from the Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed that 50,000 riders have used the 8.5-mile trail, with the automatic cycle counter registering the passing of the landmark cyclist on New Year's Eve.

The authority's transport policy officer Tim Nicholson said: "On average there have been 226 cycles per day along the trail in the seven months since the tunnels re-opened."

Since the tunnels were opened in May, the counter revealed 17,160 cyclists passed in the direction of the tunnels, while 32,855 were headed southbound towards Bakewell.

Hassop Station cycle hire and cafe owner Duncan Stokes said his business had benefitted from the re-opening of the tunnels and expressed the hope that a proposed extension of the trail to Buxton will go ahead.

The national park authority has warned that some of the tunnels can be closed to riders and walkers for safety reasons in the event of excessively wet or cold winter weather.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801258126-ADNFCR