Last year the National Trust ran a consultation on cycling at their Lyme Estate in the north west Peak District near Disley (more info here). People from multiple user groups got involved in the consultation, resulting in permissive trails being opened up on the estate during August and September last year. Due to the success of that trial, the National Trust plan to continue it in 2018. Graham Clark – Cycle Trails Transition Officer at the National Trust – tells us more:
“Due to the success of the trial at the end of the summer 2017, it has been decided to run the same again for 2018, but over a longer period. So, access to the Bowstones track and the main track over Cage Hill will run from May 1st to September 30th. Same arrangement as before – weekdays from 17:00 until the Park closes (20:00). As last year, it is imperative that cyclists only ride these trails at these times, and keep off them (and other restricted routes) for the remainder of the time.
Due to a large project running at Lyme throughout 2018 (work potentially starting on car park improvements and improvements to the Timberyard Café area) we are unable to start adding to this offer, however we are hoping to begin work on a trail running parallel to West Park Drive (Hampers Wood) in 2019. So throughout 2018, we would like to engage with the focus group (and others who are interested) to look at the feasibility of this work so we are ready to move forward in early 2019.”
If you would like to be included in the feasibility project for the new trail, please get in touch with Graham via email.
Great work Graham and team!