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Peak District plans cycling trails

Posted 10 February 2010
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Peak District plans cycling trails
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Those keen to jump on mountain bikes and get about in the Peak District have received a boost with news that it is to spend millions of pounds on creating new cycling routes.

Announcing its spending plans for 2010/11, the authority said £2.25 million will go towards the creation of high quality off-road cycling trails and promote leisure cycling in the national park, under the Pedal Peak District project.

Funding for the plan has come from the Department of Transport and Cycling England.

Other uses of money in the authority's £8.725 million budget include running 250 guided walks by rangers and environmental projects, such as protecting carbon-storing peat bogs on the high moors.

Riders visiting the Peak District who are keen to stock up on cycle gear may wish to drop in at the Go Outdoors store in Hathersage.

As well as its new efforts to encourage those on two wheels, The National Park Authority runs three cycle hire centres, at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay.

Posted by Brandon Egley