Improvements will be made to the Monsal Trail – and the Code of Conduct will be further promoted – after a number of complaints about overcrowding and chaos at peak times.
The Peak District National Park Authority has revealed the improvements will take place over the coming weeks.
Existing warning signs will be reinforced by the addition of painted signs on the surface of the trail near the entrance to the tunnels. These will say ‘Slow’. Painted lines will also be introduced along the edges of the trail surface within the tunnels.
Cycle racks have recently been installed at the Agricultural Business Centre car park and the recreation ground, while consideration is being given to installing a gated barrier at the Coombs Road entrance to the trail.
Volunteer rangers will continue to patrol the Monsal Trail at weekends as they have done since the tunnels opened.
Also, signs highlighting the Code of Conduct for users of the trail are being prepared and will go up shortly. This will help increase awareness of the code of conduct to more users.
Since the opening of the previously sealed railway tunnels, between 500 and 1000 cyclists a day are using sections of the Monsal Trail.
As with most of the trails in the Peak District there are some cyclists who think they have the God given right to cycle at ridiculous speeds and as a consequence endanger the safety of walkers and other users. The Peak Park’s actions are long overdue and should be considered for the Tissington and High Peak Trails also.