Abseiling halted for two weeks at popular bridge in Derbyshire

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Abseiling from a popular bridge on the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire is expected to be halted for two weeks next month as steps leading down to the riverside are replaced.

Bridge 75 near Millers Dale is used by hundreds each year to abseil over the River Wye.

The Peak District National Park Authority issues around 90 abseiling licences each year. Licence-holders have been informed of the temporary suspension, as the path will be completely closed for a fortnight from March 3.

Peak District National Park trails manager, Emma Stone, said: “The old limestone steps, which are used by abseilers to get back up to the bridge, can get slippery especially in winter. We’re continuing to replace them with wooden ones infilled with stone in early March.”