The Trust has always had an ambition to develop a cycle route alongside the footpath, enabling those who prefer to travel on two wheels to get around without venturing onto the busy A6. It was envisaged that this would be piecemeal due to the high cost. In the last few months the Trust has been working with partners in a working group (Derwent World Heritage Sites Cycle Route Group) to try to establish a multi-user route between Matlock and Derby and linking the various locations of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The route would cater for cycles but also wheelchair and push chair users and walkers and would be a boon to those who wish to cycle safely into work. This has progressed fairly well such that the Trust, as an established charity, will take a leading role in facilitating funding applications and providing the banner for the project.
This route will link into the existing cycle routes around Derby and Derby City Council has been successful in raising funding to improve these and to start a link at the southern end. The northern end will link to the White Peak Loop between Buxton and Matlock being promoted by Peak Cycle Links (http://peakcyclelinks.org.uk/).
Current work is focussed on looking at alternative routes between Matlock and Derby and establishing land ownerships with a view to getting a suitable proposal together. More information will be added as it becomes available.