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Funding boost for cycle paths in the Peak District

Peak District Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

A £260,000 grant is set to boost access to cycling routes in the Peak District National Park.

The money - from the Department for Transport - will be used by the Peak District National Park Authority for a bookable bike bus offering a bespoke service to leisure cyclists across Bakewell, Buxton, Matlock and surrounding areas.

The service, operated by Bakewell & Eyam Community Transport, will not operate to a standard route, or times, but will run where requested or needed. It will also help families, school groups and visitors to make more tailor-made journeys on the trails at Monsal, Tissington and High Peak.

The grant will be used to buy a new bus, convert an existing vehicle to carry cycles at peak times, and operate the service for a year.

The second project is with the Youth Hostels Association (YHA), which will make four of its hostels in Edale, Eyam, Ravenstor and Youlgreave more cycle-friendly.

The track leading to the hostel at Edale will be upgraded and work at the four sites will include installation of cycle stores, bike stands and outdoor cleaning facilities.

It follows similar upgrades at Castleton, Hartington, Hathersage and Ilam, meaning all eight YHA properties within the national park will have been improved for cyclists.