Work to re-open Monsal Trail tunnels begins

A section of the Peak District's Monsal Trail has been closed while four former railway tunnels are re-opened.

The National Park Authority is improving the trail between Bakewell and Wye Dale by opening sections of the tunnels to be used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

The work is part of the £2.25m Pedal Peak District project, to encourage more people to cycle in the park.

The section of trail from Upperdale to Monsal Head will be closed until March.

Rhonda Pursglove, project manager for Pedal Peak District, said: "It is an amazing experience to go through the tunnels and see the fantastic views of the countryside as you come out.

"We are looking forward to completing the work so that cyclists, walkers and horse riders can experience that feeling for the first time since the tunnels closed in 1968."

The new route through the former railway tunnels is expected to open to the public in May or June.

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