"One of the most popular walking destinations in Britain" - iconic Peak District path to get spring makeover
The Great Ridge in the Peak District, ‘one of the most popular walking destinations in Britain’, is set to undergo a host of much-needed renovations after being badly eroded by footfall and the elements.
Separating Edale from Castleton, the Great Ridge straddles the heart of the Peak District and provides a fantastic ridge walk, popular with locals and tourists alike.
Now, it is set to undergo 500m of ‘important’ renovations to repair the heavily worn and eroded path – as well as protecting wildlife and their habitats.
The renovations will take place between Hollins Cross and Back Tor, and will protect the habitat surrounding the route by helping walkers to keep to the path.
It will also improve conditions underfoot, making the route safer and more accessible.
The restoration forms part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) ‘Mend our Mountains: Make One Million’ campaign.
Cath Flitcroft, BMC access and conservation officer, said: “One of the most popular walking destinations in Britain, the stunning Great Ridge has the magic combination of spectacle and accessibility.
"This makes it a particularly popular destination for strollers, ramblers and runners.
"When you take the impact of all those feet and add in the force of wind, rain and snow the result is inevitable – an eroded landscape where fragile vegetation and exposed soil gets washed away.
"The restoration of the Great Ridge footpath is key to protecting this well-loved trail for people to enjoy for years to come, and is part of a national BMC campaign to repair heavily eroded paths and trails in all 15 National Parks.”
The footpath will be closed for the duration of the restoration work, due to finish in May 2021.
Matt Scott-Campbell, conservation and land management programme manager, added: “Work to restore badly eroded footpaths is important to protect the landscape, but less obvious is the effect on wildlife.
"As paths widen, plants become trampled and birds nesting on the ground, often close to paths, are disturbed. Footpath restoration of eroded paths helps to protect important habitats, allowing us to enjoy the landscape with minimal damage inflicted on these iconic locations that are significant for their beauty and their biodiversity.’