Campaign Ride for the Derwent Valley Cycleway Saturday 18th May 2019
to support / and put pressure on Derbyshire County Council to bid for money to create a safe off-highway cycle route from Derby to Chatsworth alongside the river through the World Heritage Site (more detail below)
Experienced riders will cycle from Derby University (who are giving it their support) through Allestree, and on to the A6 up to Matlock. We hope to recruit up to 500 experienced riders, but for a leisurely ride, not a race!
There will also be an alternative ride for families and inexperienced riders from Rowsley down to Matlock on the new cycleway that has been created, thus highlighting that although families and general visitors can cycle down this short section, they are unable to cycle to any of the attractions in the World Heritage Site.
We intend to meet up at lunch time on the park at Matlock. We hope to organise a hog roast and a local pop group on the bandstand (do you know of one in Matlock that would welcome the exposure?). We’re hoping to attract a series of stands from cycle suppliers, shops etc to add interest.
We hope to have the TV and media there and are thinking of asking everyone to wear a silly hat. If not for the ride (optional) then in the park. With prizes for the silliest hats
The aim is to put pressure on Derbyshire County Council to bid for money to create a safe off-highway cycle route from Derby to Chatsworth alongside the river through the world Heritage site (I believe you already receive email up dates from us, but in case these are not to hand see more detail below).
(The County Council support the Derwent Valley Cycleway in Principle, but currently see it as a low priority partly because it will be difficult to achieve. We want them to raise the priority and utilise the substantial volunteer team with a ride range of skills willing to help them deliver it)'
Derwent Valley Cycleway