More cyclists hit the trail

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A MILESTONE number of cyclists have used a reopened trail through old railway tunnels in the Peak District.

The 500,000th bike rider to use the Monsal Trail – which was revamped in a £2.5-million project – was recorded by automatic counter on New Year’s Eve.

Since reopening in May, the 8.5 mile trail, which runsfrom Blackwell Mill cottages to Coomes Viaduct, just past Bakewell, has seen a dramatic increase in cyclists visiting, boosting bike hire businesses nearby.

Tim Nicholson, transport policy officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “On average, there have been 226 cycles per day along the trail in the seven months since the tunnels were reopened.”

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