A POPULAR walking and climbing site in the Peak District could be sold off as the authority which runs the national park bids to cope with budget cuts.
The Peak District National Park Authority has already leased its largest estate - the Eastern Moors - to a partnership of the National Trust and the RSPB and has also agreed to sell Losehill Hall, its education centre in Castleton, to the Youth Hostel Association.
Now bosses are looking at leasing or selling Stanage Edge and the surrounding North Lees estate to a ‘like-minded body’.
Richard Campen, director of operations, said: “In the light of public spending cuts the authority is in the process of transferring several of its assets to other like-minded bodies who have a commitment to conservation, recreation and widening understanding, but have more resources to invest them we do.
“Stanage Edge is held in high regard for its spectacular views, world-class climbing crags and rare wildlife.
“We are determined that any new partner would protect those aspects and continue to involve user groups and local people in its management.”