Cycle route may be “spectacular”

Haddon Tunnel
Haddon Tunnel

PLANS are in place to complete a further section of a popular cycle trail which on leading enthusiast says could become “one of the most spectacular in northern Europe”.

Thousands of cyclists already use the High Peak Trail and Monsal Trail, but there are hopes the next stage can get the go-ahead.

It is just one part of a grand plan to eventually complete a 60-mile circular route that would include Matlock, Cromford, Wirksworth, Buxton and Bakewell.

Last year a section running from Great Langstone to Topley Pike was completed.

The latest proposals are to continue the track where it currently ends at Coombs Road at Bakewell, along the old railway formation to Rowsley via tunnels at Haddon Hall.

Detailed plans laying out the work required for each specific section have been put together by Peak Cycle Links, who are spearheading the campaign to complete all sections of the High Peak and Monsal Trail.

Director and trustee of Peaks Cycle Link, Jeremy Taylor, said: “We know there’s demand for the corridor between Rowsley and Matlock

“The project originally started with a desire to have a route just between Darley Dale and Matlock but we thought ‘why not do a bigger project?’

“Over all we are very encouraged, we have made considerable progress, and a have lot of public support, but we have a long way to go.

“When completed, it will be one of the most spectacular cycle routes in northern Europe.

“We have to get planning and also we’ll have to raise the funds- which is the most difficult part.”

Although landowners have agreed with the route, planing permission and financial backing is still being sought.

However, Peak Cycle Links has been buoyed by Derbyshire County Council’s reaction.

Mr Taylor says the county council is keen to take a lead role in helping develop the idea.