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Cyclists 'to get better Monsall Trail'

Posted 1 February 2011
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Cyclists 'to get better Monsall Trail'
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The Monsall Trail is to be partially closed by Peak District National Park Authority, it has been revealed - but for a good reason.

A stretch of the former railway line is to be shut between Bakewell and Wye Dale so heavy equipment can be brought in for re-routing work, which will enable those on mountain bikes to pass through the same tunnels once used by trains.

Project manager for cycling body Pedal Peak District Rhonda Pursglove said the experience of going through a long, dark tunnel and then emerging into the light would be "amazing".

She added: "We are looking forward to completing the work so that cyclists, walkers and horse riders can experience that feeling for the first time since the tunnels closed in 1968."

Those putting on their cycling gear and enjoying the trail may also soon enjoy an audio experience.

Last month the national park authority revealed plans to create an audio record of what life was like alongside the old railway before it was closed, with points along the route being established with recordings visitors can stop and listen to.