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Peak District's 1m cycling boost

The Peak District in Derbyshire is to receive a £1m grant to improve cycle paths in the area.

The Department for Transport funding will be spent on reopening four 400m tunnels for cyclists, walkers and horse riders on the Monsal Trail.

The tunnels between Buxton and Bakewell were closed when the rail route was axed in the late 1960s.

It would create a linked rail and cycle route from cities in the North West and Midlands into the National Park.

Director of operations for the National Park, Richard Campen, said: "It will create both a spectacular cycling route and a realistic alternative to the car, enabling more people to make healthy choices for themselves and for the environment.

"It will also benefit local tourism businesses with rail and cycle-based travel packages.

"The Peak District is the most accessible place to unwind for millions of people in nearby cities. With the cycle trail they can get fit, save fuel and enjoy some of the best scenery in the country."

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