50,000th cyclist on Monsal Trail

The re-opening of the tunnels on the Monsal Trail is proving to be a success for local people, visitors and businesses.

The 8.5-mile Monsal Trail has seen a dramatic increase in the number of cyclists using the trail since the four former railway tunnels were re-opened by the Peak District National Park Authority in May last year.

The authority’s automatic cycle counter recorded the 50,000th cyclist on New Year’s Eve.

Transport Policy Officer Tim Nicholson said: “On average there have been 226 cycles per day along the trail in the seven months since the tunnels re-opened.”

The counter has recorded 17,160 cyclists travelling towards the tunnels and 32,855 south-bound towards Bakewell since May.

During the winter, if tunnel conditions become unsafe due to cold or wet weather, they may close at short notice for safety reasons. Users are urged to check by visiting www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/monsaltrail before setting out.