Go loopy for new route

Cyclists and families across the country are heading for the Peak District on August 20 and 21 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 largely along the route of disused railway lines, providing a mainly flat but spectacular ride through some of the Peak District’s most gorgeous scenery.

Starting in Buxton at 10.15am on Saturday, the guided ride will head off into the Peak District along the Monsal Trail, cycling through the well-lit tunnels officially opened by the Peak District National Park in May.

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. There will be an overnight stop at Matlock RFC at Cromford Meadows with tents and personal equipment transported by van.

The next day will start with a complimentary breakfast and then the only really testing climb on the whole route – the incline up to Middleton Top before heading back towards Buxton.

This ride costs £40 per person or £75 per family, including luggage transport, camping accommodation, Sunday morning breakfast and full back-up. Sign up at www.chain-events.co.uk