Cicerone author Chiz Dakin got in contact to let us know that the planned re-opening of four abandoned railway tunnels in the Peak District (Headstone, Cressbrook, Litton, Chee Tor) went ahead recently.
The Monsal Trail features in Chiz’s guidebook Cycling in the Peak District (Route 15 Buxton to Bakewell loop) meaning that the trail now runs from Bakewell to WyeDale (just west of Chee Tor). The new route can now be used, and the awkward descent and footpath across the river at Littondale on the interim route is no longer needed.
Derbyshire County Council have submitted a funding bid for £4.8 million bid to the Department for Transport’s Sustainable Local Transport Fund to extend the route. The aim is to eventually create a circular route linking Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton, with another section connecting to the World Heritage Site at Cromford. A decision on the bid is expected by the summer. Planning permission would also be needed before any new sections of the route could be built, so it will be some time before the route is on the ground.