Peak District cycle route to open with charity ride

Tissington Triangle ride will support palliative care charity

The Rotary Club of Matlock in the UK county of Derbyshire is hoping at least 150 cyclists will join a charity ride to help officially open a new £261,000 cycling route.

The Tissington Triangle charity ride, which starts at 9am on Sunday April 6th, is being organised by the club with the support of the Peak District National Park Authority.

The ride will raise money for Helen's Trust, a charity which supports people with incurable illnesses so they can stay in their homes rather than go to a hospital or hospice. The Trust works with families from relatively isolated communities in the Derbyshire Dales.

Cyclists in the charity ride will be the first to officially use the Tissington Triangle - a 28-mile cycling route that goes from Parsley Hay, near Hartington, down to Carsington Water, across to Tissington and back up to Parsley Hay.

The route has been created following the opening of an 11-mile ‘missing link' that joins up with the existing High Peak and Tissington trails. The new link section is a mixture of country lanes, part of the Carsington Water cycling trail and three newly built sections, which cover a total of one and quarter miles.

Paul Fryer, president of the Rotary Club of Matlock, said: "This new charity ride will generate much needed funds for Helen's Trust. I am sure the Tissington Triangle will become a popular event in people's diaries. Cycling doesn't cost the earth and is an exciting way of keeping fit so I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking part to get an application form."

Entry to the charity cycle ride costs £10 in advance or £12 on the day. Application forms are available by visiting www.matlockrotary.org.uk or by ringing Bill Darley on 01433 631222 or Peter Wigglesworth on 01629 56259.

Copies of a leaflet detailing the new route are available from: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/trailsleaflet.pdf

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