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Phase one of the Peak District cycle route project begins

The first phase of a major project which aims to encourage more cycling by creating a new cycling route in the Peak District has started.

With a total investment of £2.25 mn, the Pedal Peak District project will convert an old railway line from Bakewell to Buxton into a new cycle route. The investment will also be used for a publicity campaign, promoting the area and encouraging people to incorporate cycling into their health plans.

A planned second phase, which is still under negotiations, will involve extending the route to Matlock.

The route is expected to be open to cyclists, as well as walkers and horse riders, by spring 2011.