A POPULAR cycle route that takes Ashbourne’s walkers and riders in to the depths of the Staffordshire Moorlands could be extended as part of a £7.5 million project.
The Peak Pedal District project has announced an extension to the Peak District National Park cycle network which could see an extension of the path through the Manifold Valley from Waterhouses up to Cheddleton.
The plans, which have attracted funding of £5 million from the Department for Transport, along with Staffordshire County Council and the Peak District National Park Authority finding the remaining £2.5 million, are part of a wider project to link and extend cycle routes to promote cycling in the area.
Councillor Mark Deaville, cabinet member for leisure, sport, parks and countryside at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Moorlands is to benefit from this investment in cycling.
“It will open up our beautiful countryside to new visitors and encourage more local people to experience what’s right on their doorstep in a sustainable way which has the added bonus of being healthy.
“The connectivity with local rail and bus services, which carry bikes, is particularly welcome and will help ensure that this new route is attractive to cyclists from across the region.”