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NEW PATHWAY GIVES EASY ACCESS TO GOYT VALLEY

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Monday 7 June 2004

7 June 2004

NEW PATHWAY GIVES EASY ACCESS TO GOYT VALLEY

Families with young children or the less-active can now share in the delights of the Goyt Valley thanks to a new £12,000 easy-access riverside walk.

Steps have been eliminated, ramps and benches installed and a new surface laid down with wooden bridges over streams so that people with pushchairs or the less-fit can get down beside the River Goyt and walk through oak woodland.

The scheme is a joint project between the Peak District National Park Authority, United Utilities and the Forestry Commission, who manage the Goyt Valley in partnership.

Work on the 650-metre path, which starts and finishes between Errwood car park and Goytsclough Quarry, was carried out by the National Park Authority's volunteer rangers, as well as Buxton members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) and Army cadets from Essex.

Lynn Crowe, Chair of the National Park Authority's Park Management Committee, said: "Previously this was just a rough, muddy path crossing several streams only accessible by fit walkers. We hope the new path will allow many more people to experience the woodland and wildlife it has to offer."

Peter Sharples, United Utilities access and recreation manager, said: "The improvements to the surface of this readily-accessible route have been carried out to a high standard and will enhance visitors' enjoyment of the area."

The path takes a route through a natural upland oak wood - a rich habitat for wildlife including owls, woodpeckers, pied flycatchers and even magnificent birds of prey like sparrowhawk and kestrel.

The area already attracts many birdwatchers, and nesting boxes have been installed so that people can watch the birds more easily.

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