Cyclists invited to join White Peak Loop ride

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Cyclists and families across the country are being invited to be the first to explore the route of the White Peak Loop.

The White Peak Loop is a family-friendly 60 mile route linking Buxton and Matlock. The route has been developed by the founder of Sustrans, John Grimshaw CBE.

Starting in Buxton at 10.15am on Saturday, August 20, the guided ride will head off into the Peak District along the Monsal Trail, cycling through the recently opened tunnels.

The route heads to Hassop for a lunch stop, before continuing to Bakewell where the trail currently stops. From Bakewell the ride goes via Coombes Road to Rowsley. The route avoids the A6 all the way to Matlock, first going alongside the Peak Rail line and then the gated road to Oker.

There will be an overnight stop at Matlock Rugby Ground in Cromford with tents and all personal equipment transported by van.

The next day will start with the only really testing climb on the whole route – the incline up to Middleton Top. From the High Peak plateau the route joins the High Peak Trail towards Earl Sterndale.

A final short ascent up to Staker Hill affords a view of Buxton, and a whizz down to the proposed route of the old Cromford and High Peak railway line, over the Turncliffe embankment and back to the starting point.

The ride costs only £40 per person or £75 per family, including luggage transport, camping accommodation, Sunday morning breakfast and full back-up.

People can sign up for the ride at www.chain-events.co.uk