Paths back to Peak condition

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WORK to renew footpaths at four major access points to Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park have been completed in time for the new year walking season.

In a major project, managed by conservation organisation Moors for the Future Partnership, paths at Grindslow Knoll, Crowden Tower, Ringing Roger and The Nab have been enhanced.

It will make walking easier and restore the internationally important moorland habitat by reducing erosion caused by foot traffic and water.

The work was carried out as part of the Natural England Conservation Plan Project and involved a helicopter airlifting more than 200 tonnes of stone flags and pitching.

Flagstones have been laid over areas of deep peat to ease the way over difficult steep sections, such as the ascent up Grindslow Knoll.

Moors for the Future project manager Matt Scott-Campbell said: “The improved footpaths will significantly enhance walkers’ access and enjoyment while protecting much loved landscape and wildlife.

“We’ve introduced a whole range of solutions to help protect the moorland in the long term, while respecting the spectacular beauty of these locations which are part of the Dark Peak Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

The project was supported by the National Trust and local landowner Tom Noel.

He said: “When restoring these popular footpaths, it was vital to take account of the different ways in which the land is used.

“The needs of the farming community had to be accommodated, as well as those of people accessing the moors for walking or grouse shooting.”