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Introducing the Peak Cycle Shuttle

Posted by at 03:39 on Monday 27 July 2015

Introducing the Peak Cycle Shuttle - a great new service for accessing traffic-free family cycling in the Peak District National Park. 

The Shuttle transports you on a journey through the picturesque countryside to and from the best traffic-free cycle trails in the area. With detachable bike racks inside the vehicle, the Shuttle accommodates cyclists visiting the Peak District by train, with or without bikes. 

© Diana Jarvis© Diana JarvisThe Peak Cycle Shuttle is coordinated with train arrivals and departures from Matlock, Matlock Bath and Buxton stations to optimise cycling time and give you at least four hours to explore. The service eliminates the worry of using the roads, especially for families or less confident road cyclists. The Shuttle simply picks you up from the train stations, taking you via one of two cycle hire centres (if required), to the cycle trails and back again.

© Diana Jarvis© Diana JarvisIt takes less than 40 minutes to travel from the train stations to the trails on the Peak Cycle Shuttle. Parsley Hay cycle hire centre is close to the High Peak or Tissington Trails and Fairholmes cycle hire centre is located in the Upper Derwent Valley, near the trails that run next to the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, famous for their association with the Dambusters Raid of 1943.

With the Peak District famed for offering spectacular scenery as Britain’s oldest National Park, two of the most popular trails linking with the new service include:

  • Monsal Trail: 8.5 mile route between Bakewell and Wyedale, once part of the Derby to Manchester Railway, passing through six railway tunnels and the Peak District’s limestone plateau.  A great option for families, the new Shuttle Bus can connect from Matlock to Bakewell, or from Buxton to Wyedale to access this trail.
  • High Peak Trail: 17 mile route between Cromford and Dowlow, offering big skies and expansive views across to the Staffordshire moorlands. Use the shuttle to travel from Matlock to Middleton Top, or from Buxton to Parsley Hay to access the High Peak Trail.

The Peak Cycle Shuttle is well equipped for easy access on and off the bus. A step-lift at the rear and an automatic step and handrail at the side entrance improve accessibility for passengers and cycles. The Peak Shuttle Cycle’s friendly and helpful drivers will be on hand to help with loading bikes.

© Diana Jarvis© Diana JarvisPrice
A family return ticket starts from just £17, or £7.00 return per adult and £3.50 per child (up to 14 years old).

The cycle hire centres stock a wide range of bikes, tandems and accessories such as child buggies and baby seats. Cycle hire prices start from £13 per adult, £9.00 per child. Peak Cycle Shuttle users will receive a 10% discount.

Bookings and Timetables
To use Peak Cycle Shuttle, all bookings must be made online up to 48 hours in advance at peakdistrict.gov.uk/cycleshuttle. Once you have selected your preferred cycle route the booking system will display available dates.

The service operates Wednesdays through Sunday until the end of October 2015.

>> For where to eat, sleep, shop and visit in the area, see:
Greentraveller's Guide to the Peak District National Park

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