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Peak District in trails consultation move

Posted 10 August 2012
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Peak District in trails consultation move
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Peak District National Park bosses have launched a public consultation on its plans for the management of four trails in the area from 2013-17.

Cyclists, horse riders and walkers will all be affected by the plans, which the public has until September 17th to give their thoughts on.

They include the Monsal Trail, an 8.5 mile cycling route from Bakewell to Wyedale, the 13 mile Tissington Trail, the 10.5 mile High Peak Trail from near Buxton to Longcliffe and the Thornhill Trail, a two-mile route in the Upper Derwent Valley.

Trails manager Abi Ball said: "Given the importance of the trails to local people and visitors, we'd like to give people the opportunity to comment on the plan which is available to view and download from our website."

People who love to jump on mountain bikes, go walking or spend a day on horseback may consider issues such as the stated aim to balance the provision of good views from the trails with "the benefits for biodiversity, geology and archaeology".

Other potential objectives include changes to car parking charges and even the provision of licences for abseiling from bridges.

The plan also includes matters regarding maintentance, dealing with dog mess and enhancing visitor facilities.

But perhaps the most interesting is Objective 16 IV, which would create a White Peak Loop to connect the four trails together, while this particular section also looks at creating new rights of way and the possible designation of the Thornhill Trail as a public bridleway.

A report by the national park authority on the 2006-11 Peak District National Park management plan has concluded that its implementation led to improvements in footpath provision, with over 3,000 volunteer rangers involved in their repair.

It also noted the impact made by the Moors for the Future Partnership, which has helped manage the upland environment through path repairs and the restoration of vegetation.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801426260-ADNFCR