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About peakdist

This blog is run by Peak District Cycleways; their new website has all you need for a day out on two wheels you'll never forget! The site is the all-in-one guide to the best routes and local facilities, such as bike hire and cafes, as well as everything else you'll need to know for a memorable cycle ride in England's finest National Park. If you're looking for a safe and easy-going route for all the family, or perhaps if you haven't cycled for a long time, then opt for one of the mostly level and traffic-free 'railway trails' that criss-cross the hills. But if you're after a challenge and want to get off-road then we've got a range of mountain bike routes; or check out our 'energetic' section for longer rides around peaceful and scenic country lanes. In many ways cycling and the Peak District is the perfect mix. Not only is it a quiet, low cost and environmentally friendly way to explore the countryside and villages, but a bike will allow you to cover more ground than on foot, plus it's a great form of exercise. So pedals at the ready and off you go… www.peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk

So why don’t we teach every child to cycle?

Today Bikeability training took place at our village primary school. It was a cold, blustery day, but the Class 3 pupils were enthusiastic and the two young trainers spent the day helping the girls and boys weave their bikes among … Continue reading

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L’Eroica and Le Tour: A summer of heroic cycling in the Peak District

The year ahead promises to be a momentous one for cyclists and cycling in the Peak District. Hopefully we’ll see the first signs of how the Government’s £5m grant to aid cycling development in the region is being spent. Then … Continue reading

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Cycle your way into old age

Are you ever too old to cycle? Of course not! One of the best things about riding a bike is that age and ability is seldom a barrier. From trikes and tandems to electric, folding and adapted bikes, there are … Continue reading

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Why do three times more men than women cycle?

To those of us that live in the Peak District it’s obvious that there are more people cycling than ever before. From the off-road mountain bikers to the young families happily dawdling along the traffic-free trails, it’s quite clear that … Continue reading

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The future shape of mountain biking in the Peak District?

As cycling becomes increasingly popular in the Peak District it’s worth remembering that it takes different forms, each with its own demands. Extending the Monsal Trail may be good news for a family with toddlers on stabilisers, and a new canal-side … Continue reading

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Gear up for winter with a free bike check

Cyclists in the Peak District can get their bikes checked out for free at Millers Dale Station at the end of this week. National Park Authority cycle hire staff at Miller’s Dale, on the Monsal Trail, will be giving free bike maintenance advice between 10am and … Continue reading

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New tandem trike offers more cycling opportunities in the Peak

Last year I blogged about the excellent range of adapted and specialist bikes for hire at the Peak Park’s hire centre at Parsley Hay. They offer people with disabilities and mobility issues a great opportunity to safely and enjoyably explore … Continue reading

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The Tour de France is coming to the Peak District – 290 days and counting

On Sunday 6th July 2014 the world’s largest annual sporting event will visit the Peak District. Stage 2 of the Tour de France is 200km (124 miles) long and will see around 180 cyclists heading from York via Harrogate, Keighley … Continue reading

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Thornbridge Bike Fest set to take place this weekend

The first-ever Peak District Cycling Festival is now in its second week and the successful fortnight concludes with the Thornbridge Bike Fest, two days of cycling activities and events at Thornbridge Outdoors at Great Longstone, near Bakewell. There will be workshops, … Continue reading

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Sign up for the Peak District Cycling Festival

Next month sees the first ever Peak District Cycling Festival, a nine-day celebration of cycling with more than 60 rides and bike-related activities. It runs from Saturday 7th-Sunday 15th September and events range from guided mountain bike rides and relaxed … Continue reading

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