Peak District National Park Authority visitor centre assistant and volunteer ranger Andy Brown is doing his own Le Tour de Peak to help raise much-needed funds for a local cycling for health project.
Peak Park Pedals provides guided cycle-rides for people who would not be able to cycle on their own because of physical or mental health problems.
The project is a popular extension of Peak Park Leisure Walks which the National Park Authority has been running for more than 20 years.
Now without subsidy from the NHS, the project needs £1,800 to keep going – which is why Andy pedalled in to volunteer.
On Saturday and Sunday August 17-18, Andy plans to cycle well over 100 miles between all 13 Peak District National Park ranger stations over one weekend, supported by his wife Jane in a camper-van.
Andy said, “I know it’s going to be tough. There are some steep climbs, but it will be worth it. Being physically healthier has lots of benefits: it makes you more confident, can mean less visits to the GP, and enables you to meet people, take in the fresh air and generally feel good. That’s why this project is important.”
To support Andy’s fund-raising cycle-ride and help Peak Park Pedals donations can be made during weekday office hours at National Park Headquarters, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE. Or call in at any Ranger Centre (at Brunts Barn, Derbyshire Bridge, Dovestones, Edale, Fairholmes, Hayfield, Langsett, Longdendale, Marsh Farm, Millers Dale or Trentabank) and Cycle Hire Centres at Fairholmes or Parsley Hay.