Cycling moves up a gear in the Dales

The Derbyshire Dales' growing reputation as one of the best cycling areas in the UK is moving up another gear with the appointment of cycling participation coordinator Ruth Taylor.

Ruth Taylor at Hassop Station – starting point for two of the District Council’s weekly led cycle ridesExternal funding has secured Ruth's job with Derbyshire Dales District Council - and she's looking forward to expanding cycling opportunities as well as supporting the wider Peak District Cycling Strategy to further improve the local trails network.

Ruth worked previously in the world of rock climbing and mountaineering, including a stint at the National Mountain Centre, having become heavily involved in cycling as a very keen rider and bike racer on both road and track. She is keen to transfer her skills to a new area and encourage more people to get started on two – or three - wheels.

She said:

"There's no doubt that a cycling boom is happening across the country. Here in the Derbyshire Dales, the District Council already runs excellent cycling schemes weekly on some of our stunning trails, and I want to build on this while also working closely with children and young people to develop cycling as a fundamental life skill.

"In this beautiful part of the world, it's a delight to be invited to play a part in promoting family cycling activities, cycling for adults, improving pathways into local cycling clubs and supporting cycling for tourism benefit."

Ruth will be working two days every week with the District Council and a further day with the Rural Derbyshire School Sports Partnership and is contactable by email at or call 01629 761387.

  • More online information about the District Council's cycling activities is available – including weekly led morning cycling rides from Hassop Station on Mondays and Wednesdays and at Carsington Water on Thursdays.

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