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Opening the way to the moors for disabled people

This is an archived press release

Thursday 2 June 2005

2 June 2005

Opening the way to the moors for disabled people

A moorland conservation organisation wants feedback from the public on how to improve access.

Moors for the Future, which is restoring threatened moorland in the northern Peak District National Park, would like people to nominate any moorland locations they think could be opened up for wheelchairs or pushchairs, or where a route could be improved for the elderly, visually impaired or people with other disabilities of any sort.

The aim is for as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the sweeping landscape of the wild uplands, which are being re-planted and revitalised in a £4.7m project after years of erosion caused by fires, pollution and overgrazing.

Moor Care Ranger Dan Boys said: "Circular routes in particular are something we are looking for, and we hope that the general public may come up with some locations, particularly on the north and west sides of the Peak District where we can open up the moors for all to enjoy."

Nominations need to be in by July 30, after which the moorland sites will be assessed.

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. It is hoped that from these foundations the project can begin to enable everyone who wants to enjoy the moors the opportunity to do so.

Send nominations to: Moors for All access improvement, Castleton Visitor Centre, Buxton Road, Castleton, Derbyshire S33 8WP or e mail: moors@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project

This is an archived press release

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