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Hot on the trail of cycling fun in Ashbourne's countryside

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

Riders of all ages can enjoy beautiful views and excellent summer weather on the Tissington Trail.

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FAMILIES, biking beginners and more experienced cyclists are being urged to get on two wheels to explore the Peak District National Park.

National park rangers are leading guided cycle rides to introduce people to some of the best routes to help build riders' confidence while enjoying views of the surrounding countryside.

Ranger Martyn Sharp, one of the ride leaders, said: "In the wake of the Tour de France people are keen to experience the area by bicycle.

"We've arranged a number of cycle rides to cater for different levels of ability but one thing is for sure, come rain or shine, the national park provides beautiful scenery to cycle through."

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There are four different trails to choose from.

On Thursday, August 14, it's Trail, Tunnels and Town by Bike, from 10.30am until 2pm.

The 14-mile cycle ride will be on traffic-free trails and minor roads, and allow riders to discover more about the River Wye viewed from the Monsal Trail.

It is suitable for accompanied children over 12, who can ride independently.

The group will meet at Millers Dale Old Station car park, postcode SK17 8SN.

Riders will need to bring a bike and helmet or hire them from Parsley Hay at a discounted rate.

Packed lunch and appropriate clothing needed. Costs are £3 per person.

On Sunday, August 17, the ride is called Tour de Peak, and will be held from 10am until 5pm.

Riders will relive the spirit of the Tour de France with the family activity trail from Parsley Hay cycle hire centre.

The route is an easy five miles in total, there and back, along the traffic-free Tissington Trail. The more adventurous can go for a nine-mile circular route, returning along the High Peak Trail. Costs are £3 per person.

On Wednesday, August 20, it's off-road mountain bike riding for beginners at Cardlemere Loop. The ride is from 10.30am until 2.30pm and is an 11-mile cycle ride for families along the traffic-free High Peak Trail and Cardlemere Lane – an unsurfaced track.

It is mostly flat but features a challenging short climb and an exhilarating long descent.

Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre, just off the A515, Buxton to Ashbourne road, near Monyash. Helmets must be worn and packed lunch and appropriate clothing are required.

The ride is free but donations are welcome.

The final ride is on Sunday, August 24, and is the Cycles, Cotton and Cheese tour.

The ride starts at 11am and will finish at 4pm. It promises to be a leisurely undulating cycle ride through parts of the White Peak and South West Peak landscapes, taking in parts of the Dove Valley, the Tissington Trail and the national cycle network.

There will be a rest stop in a village where refreshments can be purchased.

It's suitable for occasional or regular cyclists who are comfortable riding on quiet roads, but not beginners.

Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre. Helmets must be worn and a packed lunch is needed. It is free but donations are welcome.

To book any of the rides call 01629 816211.

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