National park authorities in the Peak District are looking for cyclists to launch officially a new route which cost more than £¼m – and help a charity while they pedal.
The Tissington Triangle is a 28-mile route created by establishing an 11-mile missing link between the existing High Peak and Tissington Trails. The new section uses three newly built lengths as well as country lanes and part of the Carsington Water cycle trail.
The Triangle will be opened officially on Sunday, 6 April, when organisers hope more than 150 riders will take part and raise money for Helen’s Trust, a charity that supports those with incurable diseases who want to stay in their own homes rather than be hospitalised.
The Rotary Club of Matlock is organising the ride, during which cyclists will be the first to use the £261,000 trail. The club’s president Paul Fryer said: “This new charity ride will generate much needed funds for Helen’s Trust, a local charity providing a vital service to people in poor health.
“I am sure the Tissington Triangle will become a popular event in people’s diaries. Cycling doesn’t cost the earth and is an exciting way of keeping fit so I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking part to get an application form.”
Councillor Brian Lucas, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We’re keen to help people live greener, healthier and more active lifestyles.
“By linking up the Tissington Triangle it gives people another opportunity to get out and about and enjoy Derbyshire's countryside.”
A leaflet showing the new route can be downloaded from the Peak District National Park Authority’s website.
Entry to the charity event costs £10 in advance or £12 on the day. Bookings can be made by visiting the organisers’ website or by ringing Bill Darley on 01433 631222 or Peter Wigglesworth on 01629 56259.