A £200,000 investment in the Trans-Pennine Trail has been welcomed by Glossop county councillor Dave Wilcox.
A new stretch of the trail is under construction and a further length has funding from Natural England in the pipeline.
Three contracts have been awarded by Derbyshire County Council, costing almost £200,000.
Cllr Wilcox, a long-time supporter of the scheme, said the latest addition brought completion of the whole route tantalisingly close.
The section now under construction joins the Trans-Pennine trail at Botany Lane, off Long Lane, Bankwood Gate, near Broadbottom Arches. It then runs parallel with the Broadbottom to Dinting railway line, under Gamesley Bridge and then joins up with Green Lane in Simmondley.
“Most of the new route will form part of the Trans-Pennine Trail, with some being part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail,” Cllr Wilcox said.
“It’s hoped that this three kilometre section of the trail will be completed and opened by the end of the year.”
Natural England is reported to have funding available next year to complete the section of the National Bridleway Trail from Green Lane, Simmondley, to Glossop Road, Gamesley, which will pass beneath Dinting Arches, added Cllr Wilcox.