This is an archived press release
Tuesday 9 August 2011
A survey will be held on four recreational trails in the Peak District National Park to get views on how they could be improved in the future.
Trails Saturday is being organised by the Peak District National Park Authority on Saturday 20 August to ask users what they most like about the trails and to get their ideas on what would make them even better.
Staff will be collecting the views of walkers, cyclists and horse riders between 10am and 4pm at:
- Ashbourne Cycle Hire Centre on the Tissington Trail, a 13-mile route from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay
- Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre on the High Peak Trail, a 17.5-mile route from High Peak Junction, near Cromford, to Dowlow, six miles south of Buxton
- Millers Dale Station on the Monsal Trail, a 9-mile route between Bakewell and Wye Dale
- Carr Lane car park on the Thornhill Trail, a route which goes from Ladybower Dam towards Bamford station.
Abi Ball, who manages the trails for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “All four trails are well used because they are easy access routes along old railway lines in beautiful national park countryside that is rich in wildlife and historic interest.
“The recent opening of the former railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail has really generated a lot of interest and use of all of the trails.
“We want to build on that interest by preparing a five year management plan for the trails. Because of their importance to locals and visitors alike, we would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to feed their views directly into the process.”
Anyone who is unable to visit the survey points on Trails Saturday can still give their views by completing a short online survey at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/trailsmanagementplan
The survey will be available until the end of August. All ideas given in the survey and on Trails Saturday will shape the new management plan.
For further information, please email Abi Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01629 816345.