Peak trail network gets its missing link

NEW ROUTE: (from left) Harriett Haughton, DCC's head ranger Paul Finn, cabinet support member for highways and transport Councillor Jean Wharmby, Pennine and bridleway officer Jenny Southwell, senior technician Matt Petitt, and Lauren Hibbert. Photo contributed.
NEW ROUTE: (from left) Harriett Haughton, DCC's head ranger Paul Finn, cabinet support member for highways and transport Councillor Jean Wharmby, Pennine and bridleway officer Jenny Southwell, senior technician Matt Petitt, and Lauren Hibbert. Photo contributed.

Opportunities to walk, cycle and ride horses have been boosted by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) with the opening of a missing link in a network of trails.

The new section is roughly two miles long and helps to achieve a missing link in three popular routes – the Pennine Bridleway, the Trans Pennine Trail and the National Cycle Network’s route 62.

The route is also a local wildlife site and will be managed by rangers from the countryside service based in Hayfield.

DCC’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Simon Spencer, said: “It’s all part of our commitment to the countryside and to encourage as many people as we can to enjoy the miles of trails we’re lucky to have here in Derbyshire.”

Work at the site of the old Mottram and Dinting Marshalling Yard was managed by DCC’s land reclamation engineers working with the countryside service.