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Cyclists promised temporary trail closure 'will be worth it'

Posted 1 March 2011
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Cyclists promised temporary trail closure 'will be worth it'
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Those who love to put on their cycle gear and ride down old railway routes will soon agree the temporary disruption to the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire was worth it, one of the figures behind a project to re-route it through old rail tunnels has said.

Peak District National Park bosses have revealed a section of the trail between Millers Dale and Blackwell Mill is being closed for public safety reasons, in addition to the shutting of a stretch between Upperdale and Monsal Head a month ago.

A total of four tunnels sealed off when the old railway to London was closed in 1968 will come back into use, offering visitors a chance to enjoy the experience of passing through and re-emerging into the light.

Project manager of Pedal Peak District Rhonda Pursglove said: "I'm sure people will realise it is worth it when the end result will bring a much better route for people to enjoy in the future."

The Beeching cuts led to the creation of a number of old rail lines that have subsequently been turned into paths and cycleways, with other examples in Derbyshire including the Sett Valley trail between New Mills and Hayfield.