Bakewell section of Monsal Trail closed during Bakewell Show

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The section of the Monsal Trail between Hassop Station and Bakewell Station will be closed on August 1 and 2 to allow the Bakewell Show Park and Ride service to operate.

The closure affects a one mile section of the trail and will help reduce traffic jams on the roads caused by visitors going to Bakewell Show on Wednesday August 1 and Thursday August 2.

On both days that section of the Monsal Trail will form part of a temporary Park and Ride scheme with buses taking visitors from car parks on the outskirts of Bakewell into the town.

The Peak District National Park Authority, which owns and manages the Monsal Trail, supports the Park and Ride scheme as it helps reduce traffic queues and pollution levels on routes into Bakewell during the annual show.

Tim Nicholson, the authority’s transport policy officer, said: “Bakewell Show is one of the biggest and most popular events to take place in the national park each year.

“It attracts thousands of visitors who help boost the local economy.

“Every year a Park and Ride scheme is set up to reduce the impact of all these extra people using local roads.

“To make this work buses need to run along the trail all day, ferrying people between the car parks at Hassop Station and Bakewell town centre.

“This means we need to close that section of the trail to walkers, cyclists and horse riders for safety reasons.”

The Hassop Station to Bakewell Station section of the Monsal Trail will close from 8am to 7pm on both days of the Bakewell Show. Warning signs will be put up.

The rest of the Monsal Trail beyond Hassop Station through the tunnels to Millers Dale and Blackwell Mill will remain open as usual.

People can keep up to date with news about the Monsal Trail at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/monsaltrail.