National park tracks your views

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Have your say

The Peak District National Park Authority is calling for people’s views on its first management plan for four recreational trails used by thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse-riders each year.

People have until September 17 to give their feedback on the draft five-year plan available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/trailsplan

The trails, all former railway lines owned and managed by the Authority, are: Monsal Trail, 8.5 miles from Bakewell to Wyedale, near Buxton; Tissington Trail, 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay; High Peak Trail, 10.5 miles from south of Buxton to Longcliffe; Thornhill Trail, a short two-mile stretch near the Upper Derwent Valley.

They are regarded as some of the best recreational routes in the country, passing through glorious countryside, rich in wildlife and historic interest.

In addition, the Monsal Trail received a huge boost last year when four old railway tunnels were re-opened for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

The draft management plan was drawn up with the help of user-groups in a series of workshops over the past year, plus a Trails Saturday when trail-users were asked to fill in surveys.

Trails manager Abi Ball said: “Given the importance of the trails to local people and visitors, we’d like to give people the opportunity to comment on the plan which is available to view and download from our website at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/trailsplan.”

Any comments should be emailed to abi.ball@peakdistrict.gov.uk.