Countryside lovers urged to give views

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WALKERS, cyclists and horse riders are being asked for their views on improvements to former Peak District railways turned into popular public trails.

The Peak District National Park Authority is holding a consultation on Saturday, when staff will be out speaking to trail users between 10am and 4pm.

Representatives from the authority will be out and about speaking to people at Ashbourne Cycle Hire Centre on the Tissington Trail, Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre on the High Peak Trail, near Buxton, Millers Dale Station on the Monsal Trail, and Carr Lane car park on the Thornhill Trail, between Bamford and Ladybower.

Abi Ball, who manages the trails for the National Park Authority, said: “All four trails are well used because they are easy access routes along old railway lines in beautiful countryside rich in wildlife and historic interest.

“The recent opening of the former railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail has really generated a lot of interest and use of all of the trails.

“We want to build on that by preparing a five-year management plan.

“We would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to feed their views into the process.”

n Anyone who is unable to visit the survey points can still give their views by completing a short online survey at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/trailsmanagementplan

The survey will be available until the end of August. All ideas given in the survey and on Trails Saturday will shape a new management plan for the routes.