This is an archived press release
Tuesday 29 September 2015
More of the High Peak Trail will be widened and resurfaced this winter, improving safety and enjoyment for visitors to the Peak District National Park.
Natural England has awarded a £42,000 grant to support the work on two sections of trail totalling almost 4 kilometres (2.5 miles). Following work completed last year, the improvements will mean the whole stretch of the trail between Newhaven Crossing and Parsley Hay cycle hire centre is at least 3 metres wide.
Parts of the trail on that section are just 750mm wide in places, which is not enough to accommodate walkers, cyclists and horse riders at busy times.
The Natural England grant was awarded through the Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway National Trails Partnership, as the Pennine Bridleway follows the route of the High Peak Trail. £18,000 of match funding from the Peak District National Park Authority’s trails budget will also be used on the project.
Emma Stone, trails manager at the Authority, said: “The grant from Natural England is great news because it means that we can make significantly more improvements than would normally have been the case.
“This is a trail with a variety of users and widening it to a minimum of 3 metres should make the whole experience much safer and more enjoyable for everyone.’’
The High Peak Trail runs for 27 km (17 miles) from Dowlow, near Buxton, to High Peak Junction at Cromford. It follows the former route of the High Peak Railway line, which opened in 1831 to carry minerals and goods between the Cromford and Peak Forest canals. Following the closure of the line, the Peak District National Park bought the part of the route within its boundary in 1971 and turned it into a traffic-free trail. The section from Daisy Bank, Longcliffe, to High Peak Junction is outside the national park and owned by Derbyshire County Council.
Work will take place this winter and, although it is not expected that the trail will need to be closed, any necessary restrictions will be publicised in advance.
Find out more about the Peak District’s traffic-free trails.