This is an archived press release
Tuesday 9 August 2005
9 August 2005
A Surprise opening to the moors
The Moors for the Future partnership has just completed improvements to a new stretch of path at a Peak District beauty spot. The 300 metre route, which leads from Surprise View car park, is part of the partnership's 'Moors for All' initiative and has now made the spectacular viewpoint at Surprise View near Hathersage accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users.
Area Ranger, Tony Hood, said: "Whilst the improvements are along only a short section of path, you get a real sense of entering the heart of the moorlands and the viewpoint at the end of the path over the Hope Valley and beyond to Kinder really is a wonderful surprise. Only last week a man in his eighties was able to walk the path giving him great pleasure.
"These improvements are the first of several projects the Moors for the Future partnership is planning to undertake in the moorland environment as part of our work to develop easier access to moorlands."
The work, which has been carried out by the Peak District National Park rangers and an army of volunteers, includes the replacement of two kissing gates with wheelchair accessible gates and both widening and resurfacing of the path.
Earlier this year, Moors for the Future held a 'Moors for All' seminar to begin this consultation process, that included contributions from the Disabled Ramblers organisation. Copies of the seminar report can be downloaded from our web site www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk
Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project