Half price bike hire for Peak cycling festival

Pictured are councillor Andy Botham, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport and countryside ranger Sarah Fanthorpe-Smith
Pictured are councillor Andy Botham, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport and countryside ranger Sarah Fanthorpe-Smith

Cycle hire at Middleton Top Visitor Centre will be half price during the Peak District Cycling Festival, which starts on Saturday.

The nine day festival aims to encourage visitors to the Peak District to travel by bike and there will be over 60 cycle rides and activities on offer including workshops, films and fun days.

And as part of the event, visitors will be able to claim a 50 per cent discount off cycle hire at Middleton Top Visitor Centre from 9-13 September. Cycle helmets and child seats are also available to hire free of charge.

Cllr Andy Botham, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “We are always looking for ways to attract more visitors to the countryside and this gives people the perfect opportunity to come along and cycle along the High Peak Trail and see what the area has to offer.”

Derbyshire County Council’s Middleton Top Visitor Centre is on the High Peak Trail in Middleton by Wirksworth and has a gift shop, car park, toilets and picnic area.

The area also houses the restored steam engine house built in 1829 by the Butterley Company to haul wagons up the Middleton incline, with the engine room open on certain weekends.

For more information on the festival, visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com/pdcf or to find out about Middleton Top Countryside Centre visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/countryside.