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Accessible Peak District Annual Report 2020

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Introduction

We want everyone to have the chance to discover and enjoy what the Peak District National Park has to offer. In this very different year, many have discovered the need to get out into green spaces and have found pleasure, excitement, and inspiration in our spectacular landscapes. This is our fifth report which shows the work we have done this year for a more Accessible Peak District.

Miles without Stiles Handbook

The Peak District has twenty Miles without Stiles easy access routes particularly suitable for those who less mobile, disabled or have young children. All routes are available to download or the handbook is priced at £5.95 with every penny going towards access improvements. You can purchase the book from any of our visitor centres or through our online shop.

So far from the handbook sales, we have raised over £4,200. That’s £4,200 of new, improved and maintained Miles without Stiles routes. You can find out more by reading the Access Fund Annual Reports available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/accessfund.

Anniversary Gates

Sometimes a stile can be a step too far. In the 20th anniversary of the right to roam in the 70th year of the National Park, and with the support of Alpkit to start us off, we have been improving access and accessibility to help all to explore, understand, and connect with its wilder areas. Anniversary Gates overcomes obstacles to build confidence by replacing and renewing access points and providing the information to enable a right to roam for everyone.

Green Lanes

Amazing views at Stanage but also pretty amazing in the verges. Here you’ll find crowberry – with berries lasting through the winter - and also sundew – a carnivorous plant but small. We’ll be looking forward to telling you more about the small as well as the big as part of our Green Lanes work on protecting the verges and improving accessibility on these Peak District trackways.

Longdendale Access

We all need access to water. This specially constructed ramp allows access for wheelchairs, with a helpful wheelstop.

Surveying Improvements

Detailed surveys can sometimes be needed when improving access for disabled users. This is at the road crossing where two mighty long-distance routes - the Pennine Way and the Trans Pennine Trail - meet.

Improving Access

We’ve installed eight new Anniversary Gates this year ranging from Winnat’s Pass at Castleton in the north, Hollins Hill at Hollinsclough in the west, and Ossam’s Hill in the Manifold to the south. All of these have been funded by donations to the Access Fund.

At Winnat’s Pass, we’ve tried to give everyone the freedom to discover an amazing view by providing gates which are accessible by trampers. We’ll also be looking at more work to the steps. The grassy fields won’t be for everyone though, even if less steep than the Pass.

The stone gullies on Long Causeway are carefully designed to not impede disabled access. However, even with regular maintenance, they can become over-whelmed by flash-flooding. We’ll be working to make this route one of our next Miles without Stiles routes so that nothing on the way stops a will.

We’ve been  maintaining the trails and the Miles without Stiles route through the tranquility of Tideswell Dale.

Changing Place

What a loo. What a view. This is the new Changing Place at Ilam Hall, in keeping with the beautiful surroundings.

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