Plans to open up more of the Peak District

WALKERS, cyclists and horse-riders will be able to explore even further into some of the most stunning parts of the Peak District under plans being launched by the Eastern Moors Partnership.

Proposals to open a new network of concessionary bridleways, including connected routes along the tops of Curbar and Froggatt Edges and through Barbrook Valley, are included in a five-year draft management plan which will shape the future of the moors.

The proposals will be outlined to the public at Curbar Gap on Monday 29 August and Sunday 18 September, between 9.30am and 3pm. Guided walks will also be held on these dates at 10am, 12pm and 2pm; providing opportunity for people to share their views.

Danny Udall, of the Eastern Moors Partnership, said: “Before we make final decisions on these proposals, we want to hear the thoughts of people who use the moors and who live in local communities.

“They have already helped us to shape our thinking following a round of meetings last year. We have taken on board their thoughts, ideas and comments to help us reach the next step in our vision. Now we want them to tell us their views on the plan which will guide us as we manage the moors for the next five years and beyond.”

Last summer’s stakeholder engagement included six workshops, attended by more than 170 people. Since then, a series of focus groups has met to progress the plan.

In other moves to improve the visitor experience, the plan proposes significant repairs to the bridleway on Moss Road, Totley Moor, and the removal of some trees and scrub below Curbar and Froggatt Edges, opening up the view of the iconic grit stone edges.

As well as changes to habitats to encourage more wildlife, including the regeneration of the heather moorland and re-planting woodlands, the plan also proposes the development of low-key, drop-in visitor facilities in existing buildings near Barbrook Reservoir on Big Moor, along with a programme of events and activities linked to the Moorland Discovery Centre at the National Trust’s property at Longshaw Estate, next to the Eastern Moors.

The draft plan can be seen by visiting www.easternmoors.org.uk.

The Eastern Moors Partnership is a unique collaboration between the National Trust and the RSPB, managing land leased from the Peak District National Park Authority.