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'You're Welcome' - new free easy-access guide to the Peak District

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Friday 1 August 2008

01 August 2008

'You're Welcome' - new free easy-access guide to the Peak District

Dovestone easy access path
Easy does it - the Peak District National Park is not all hard climbs and sharp summits. A new guide shows just how simple it is to reach breathtaking views, even for those with wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The free 48-page ’You’re Welcome’ booklet is also an invaluable guide for newcomers to the countryside, giving detailed route-maps using easy-access, not too strenuous paths.

These include 15 miles of moorland footpaths where access has been greatly improved over the past four years by the Moors for the Future Partnership.

They take in beautiful places such as Surprise View (between Sheffield and Hathersage), Green Drive in Burbage Valley, Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge.

In addition, an 18-mile circuit of Severn Trent’s Upper Derwent reservoirs can now be navigated without barriers, and work has just been completed at United Utilities’ Dovestone reservoir, Greenfield (near Oldham) on 1.8 miles of new footpath surfacing and three easy-access gates.

The booklet also identifies accessible car parks, children’s play areas, accessible toilets, public transport options and scenic viewpoints.

Dan Boys, Moor Care project officer said: “The work opens up the moorland experience to a whole range of people who were previously excluded, including those in wheelchairs, families with small children and the elderly. We have removed unnecessary barriers like steps and stiles and provided smooth continuous surfaces.”

Alison Salmen, who runs the Hope Valley Access Group commented: “This new guide will really help many people discover the many accessible places that the national park has to offer, and it is great to see partnership projects like Moors for the Future working hard to make this happen.”

Dan Boys added: “Whilst the southern half of the national park has offered a varied choice of former railway lines for visitors seeking easy going paths, the improvements at five moorland locations now provides opportunities for visitors of all abilities to see our wonderful moorland heritage at first hand.”

The free spiral-bound booklet is now available from National Park Visitor Centres in Bakewell, Castleton, Derwent Valley and Edale. To request one by post, call 01629 816558. Many of the pages can also be accessed on the website: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/mftf/yourewelcome.htm

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