ASHBOURNE cyclists can now hire bikes for use along the Tissington trail seven days a week.
National Park cycle hire centres at Ashbourne, Parsley Hay near Hartington, and Derwent by the reservoirs, are now open every day from 9:30am.
All three hire centres have knowledgeable, friendly staff on hand to suggest different traffic free routes to suit people’s needs.
Cyclists starting in Ashbourne can experience the 350m long tunnel which joins the traffic free trail, before pedalling on towards the historic village of Tissington, where they will find a small selection of shops and tea-room.
Charlotte Bowler, cycle hire centres manager, said: “This is a good time of year for cycling – the countryside is coming back to life after winter and you see something different everyday.
“I love cycling along the Tissington Trail and spotting ‘lamb’s tails’ on the hazel trees, and seeing the pussy willow coming into bud. It really cheers you up to see primroses along the way too.”
A range of bikes are available to suit all ages at every centre.
At Parsley Hay there is an extended range for people with disabilities, including mobility scooters, tricycles, hand-cranked and wheelchair bikes.
Ms Bowler said: “Why not try something different and hire a tandem? Or treat yourself to a new bike as we have fully serviced ex-hire cycles for sale too.
“If you’ve just dug your bike out of the shed bring it in to one of our centres for a spring maintenance check.
“Cycle maintenance and servicing is available at all three centres.”
Further information is available online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cyclehire
For people who would rather stick to two feet than two wheels information on guided walks with national park rangers is available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/rangerwalks