Abseiling to be suspended for step repairs

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Thursday 21 November 2013

Abseiling from a popular bridge on the Monsal Trail is expected to be halted on weekdays in the first two weeks of December for the renewal of steps leading down to the riverside.

An abseiler descends from the 20-metre high Bridge 75 over the River Wye on the Monsal TrailBridge 75 near Millers Dale is used by hundreds of people each year to experience the thrill of abseiling over the fast-flowing River Wye.

Peak District National Park trails manager Abi Ball explained: "The old limestone steps, which are used by abseilers to get back up to the bridge, can get slippery especially in winter. So – weather permitting – we're continuing to replace them with wooden ones infilled with stone in the first half of December.

"We're doing it in three phases, the first of which was completed last winter, we're now doing the middle section and the top section will be completed next year."

The work is being carried out by the national park's Countryside Maintenance Team. The National Park Authority currently issues around 90 abseiling licences to a wide range of organisations including outdoor pursuits and scouts as well as individuals. The licence-holders have been informed about the temporary suspension which will not affect weekends.

This is an archived press release

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