This is an archived press release
Tuesday 28 August 2007
28 August 2007
New path to perfection in Hope Valley
An ancient path has been restored to offer walkers breathtaking views of the Hope Valley.
The Peak District National Park Authority has re-instated a hollow-way – a sunken path carved out of the landscape by pack-horse trains that used to cross Ridgewayside, above Hathersage.
Accessed near a T-junction in Coggers Lane, it links up with existing footpaths leading to Stanage Edge.
The historic route was probably trodden by author Charlotte Brontë, whose heroine Jane Eyre crosses from Moscar Cross (White Cross in the book) to Hathersage.
Offering fresh views of an outstanding panorama, it also gives access to three traditional haymeadows which bloom with wild flowers in June and July.
Matthew Croney, manager of the National Park Authority’s Stanage and North Lees estates, thanked ramblers for suggesting it in the Stanage Forum, which involves local people and users in the management of the area (see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/stanage).
“It’s a real asset to the National Park, and it’s in keeping with the spirit of GHB (Bert) Ward, the original ‘King of the Ramblers,’ who pressed for increased access to provide education about the countryside,” said Matthew.
“It’s enabled disadvantaged inner city youngsters to do conservation work, such as dry-stone walling, and enjoy wild surroundings which they wouldn’t normally experience.”
Youngsters from Nottingham in particular have gained from it, using the city council-run St Michael’s Centre for environmental education in Hathersage.
Hathersage and Outseats parish councils gave their enthusiastic support for the re-instatement, which will benefit locals and visitors alike.
Walkers are asked to remember to close gates and keep dogs on a lead as this is a farmed landscape. It is a concessionary path initially, but is expected to be dedicated as soon as possible.