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Kinder Scout paths restored

Posted 11 January 2013
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Kinder Scout paths restored
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Last year marked 80 years since the infamous 1932 great trespass on Kinder Scout, seen by many as a pivotal moment for the outdoor access movement that paved the way for national parks and greater access for the public to such countryside.

The unfettered access enjoyed by visitors to the 2,088 ft mountain now means people can go walking across its wide open spaces and enjoy the fresh air, panoramic views across Derbyshire and towards the distant tall buildings of Manchester, the waters of Kinder Downfall with its famous back-spray and the curious shapes of many weather-blown gritstone tors.

However, all this comes at a price. Well-used footpaths have become worn and, as anyone familiar with the landscape and soil type knows, that can mean squelching through peat bogs much of the way.

The Moors For the Future Partnership, a conservation body seeking to combat the depletion of this landscape, has been hard at work over recent weeks on repairing four popular routes up to the plateau.

Routes heading via paths at Grindslow Knoll, Crowden Tower, Ringing Roger and The Nab have all been improved as part of the Natural England Conservation Plans Project, with over 200 tonnes of stone flags and pitching. The deepest areas of squelchy peat have been covered by flagstones and pitching applied to difficult uphill sections.

In addition to this, better drainage has been introduced, along with measures such as water bars and angled flagstones that divert water away from the paths.

Project manager Matt Scott-Campbell said it was "fitting" that such work should be completed by the end of the year that marked the 80th anniversary of the trespass.

He added: "The improved footpaths will significantly enhance walkers' access and enjoyment while protecting much loved landscape and wildlife.

"We've introduced a whole range of solutions to help protect the moorland in the long term, while respecting the spectacular beauty of these locations which are part of the Dark Peak Site of Special Scientific Interest."

It is not just on Kinder that walkers can enjoy improved footpaths in the new year.

The Snowdonia National Park has just completed a project to restore and enhance the footpath above Bryn Tyrch Uchaf near Capel Curig, which had become a quagmire, but is now a verdant area with flagstones providing a solid surface.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801520575-ADNFCR