Stepping out to assess Peak District paths

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Wednesday 21 December 2005

21 December 2005

Stepping out to assess Peak District paths

Important footpath research that will contribute to the vital work of the Moors for the Future partnership - one of the country’s largest conservation projects - is now underway.

The aim of this major Peak District wide survey is to provide information on the condition of moorland paths, which will help prioritise their repair and management. Aerial photography has been used to highlight the current state of all the public rights of way as well as other paths and their distribution.

Work began on a more detailed 18-month ‘condition survey’ of these paths by a small team in March, assessing the 3000km of paths and recording their current condition using a small hand-held palm top and a GPS.

Catherine Flitcroft, Moors for the Future Research Manager, explained: “This is a unique upland survey designed specifically to assess the condition of footpaths through moorland areas.

The valuable information generated will help advise on the best ways to prioritise moorland path repairs in the future.”

For more information about the 2005 Footpath Condition Survey contact research assistant Andy Jones, by email at or visit the website [opens in new window] for regular updates. A summary report of the final survey results will be available to the public.

This is an archived press release

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