Winter closures on Monsal Trail warning

CYCLISTS, walkers and horse riders out to enjoy the Monsal Trail this winter are being urged to check the tunnels website before setting out to make sure the tunnels are open.

The website to check for up to date information on the tunnels is peakdistrict.gov.uk/monsaltrail

The Peak District National Park Authority, which owns and manages the Monsal Trail, may have to close the tunnels at very short notice over the winter for safety reasons.

The tunnels and tunnel entrances are being monitored daily and checked for ice, icicles and any maintenance issues that the cold, wet weather may cause.

If the tunnel conditions become unsafe due to the bad weather, the website will be updated and ‘Tunnels Closed’ signs will be placed on the trail at Bakewell station, Hassop station, Great Longstone station, Millers Dale station and at Wyedale. Gates will be locked at the tunnel entrances.

However, even if the tunnels are closed, several over-ground stretches of the Monsal Trail will remain open as per usual.

From Monday December 12 to Friday December 16 routine maintenance work will be carried out on the lighting in the four lit tunnels. The tunnels will remain open during this time but visitors must observe the safety notices on site.

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