/ NEWS: Monsal Trail - New Route for the Peak
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=62075
Could be. It looks like the plan includes 2 blocked up tunnels between Cressbrook and Litton Mill: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/index/visiting/cycle/cycling-information/pedalpeakdistrict-faqs.htm
On another note, I'd be interested to find out what light fittings they're using in the tunnels and if they'll be on 24-7.
Excellent news. Since my youth I've wondered what was on the other side of that tunnel at Chee Tor.
So the tunnels are open,[again]. That means hundreds of cyclists, walkers horses etc etc all vying for space on the footpath & making more noise and impact on the quiet of the dale. It will be like the other overcrowded & ruined bike trails such as Tissington. I,d like to see the tunnels blocked, the boardwalk & stepping stones removed & a sign saying it,s necessary to wade to follow the dale. That would protect the environment & keep things quiet.
By the way has anyone else noticed the increased noise & litter since the new access was opened.
Just a miserable old git!!
Yep they're some of the tunnels that will be opened so will be quicker.... you could even cycle through to get there
You just need to learn to share, like your mummy said
They were closed yesterday when I took the photos Joe.
Official press day is this Friday.
I'll try and find out.
Light were on this evening at 21:30. Obviously the c.£2.5M budget was insufficient for photocell technology to be included within the scheme. Group switching may have been included to kill the lights after dark/set time? Also assume that there'll be insufficient funds to paint the pedestrian fencing along the top of the embankment just prior to where the path drops down to the Cornice. This being so, we'll have to make do with the visual polution that is a gnarly galvanised fence...
Im confused about how this is going to make access an easier to any of the cheedale crags. If climbing at the upper end you park up that way anyway and wouldnt want to go through the tunnel, if at the lower end (cornice / tor) you park at the other end of the dale or on the side of the road at the top of the hill above the muddy path. Why would you use these tunnels, surely even if they provide a fast path all along the dale it will still take much longer approaching the cornice from the upper end?
Not that it really matters since access is fairly easy anyway.
I cant understand why any walkers would use the new path given that the riverside one is one of the nicest walks in the area.
A few reasons you might prefer the new path to access the Cornice/ Chee Tor - parking at Wormhill is limited and often full (as Sunday before last - even all the spaces right up into the village). The Wormhill path occasionally turns into a slippy quagmire which is barely passable without slipping over and covering yourself in mud. Its actually pretty surprising how much quicker the railway is when approaching from Miller's Dale - I reckon if you're going to the Nook it will be the fastest approach full stop.
I spoke to a friend involved in the project and was told that the unofficial opening was yesterday afternoon.
It was shut when we were down there yesterday pm.
Strange, I was definitely told it was it was going to be opened yesterday afternoon and that I should get down there and have a look before the hoards arrive.
What time were you down there?
We were down there between about 11:00 and 4:00. On our way back out (to Wormhill) we quizzed some walkers who had just come down from the railway line and they said it was closed.
If I wasn't working all weekend I'd fancy a walk down there but i guess it will have to wait.
They're not on 24/7, I think they turn off early evening, (according to the sign)
I'm really excited for this, being able to cycle from my house to an excellent climbing venue. YEAHHH!
The official opening of four former railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail is due to be performed by transport minister Norman Baker on 25 May 2011.
Pointing out the obvious there.
Quoting from the news article:-
"The new improved route will be officially unveiled by transport minister Norman Baker on 25 May 2011."
I trust my source and maintain (despite having not been there myself yet) that the tunnels should now be open.
well that proves my point.
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