The South Peak Loop, a new off-road long distance route for equestrians and cyclists in the Peak District was officially launched today or yesterday, on Thursday 14 April. The loop, which was developed by the BHS affiliated equestrian group, Peak Horsepower, covers 70 miles over the southern Peak District National Park.
The wonderfully varied and stunning scenic route can be used by horse riders, walkers and cyclists alike. The hilly, uphill terrain encompasses bridleways, old railway trails and quiet country lanes and is clearly waymarked in both directions. This is the second loop Peak Horsepower have developed. The first being the Kinder Loop, a 55 mile route which compliments the South Peak loop well.
Mark Weston, Director of Access and Rights of Way for The British Horse Society, said: “There are over 29 thousand horses in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, representing an investment of over £100 million pounds into the local economy every year.
“The South Peak Loop will help to not only secure that investment to the local economy but also add to it by attracting visiting horse riders, cyclists and walkers from outside the area to take up the South Peak Loop Challenge. A great example of what can by volunteering and getting involved with the British Horse Society.”
For more information on the South Peak Loop, including maps, accommodation and written description of the circular route, please visit: http://www.peakhorsepower.co.uk/south-peak-loop/4591186779