Horse riders, walkers and cyclists can now gain access to even more of Sheffield’s scenic south western moors thanks to a new scheme to introduce more bridleways in the area.
Access gates have been installed and gaps between existing bridleways were joined up in several locations around the Longshaw Estate and surrounding area to make it easier for visitors to get out and about.
The ‘concessionary bridleways’ will allow cyclists and horse riders to join walkers and runners on a new set of routes.
In addition, Ride Sheffield’s ‘peak bike code’ has also been promoted along the routes, encouraging cyclists to ‘enjoy your ride’ by always giving way to other users on the trails, to prevent erosion and protect wildlife by staying on the track, and to stick to the Countryside Code. This latest initiative follows work already undertaken to extend a concessionary bridleway between Longshaw and Burbage Bridge.
The project was completed by more than 50 volunteers and the Sheffield Moors Partnership landowners, which is made up of the Peak District National Park Authority, the National Trust, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Rachel Bennett, National Trust lead ranger for Longshaw, said the work was undertaken as “in the past, people out exploring might find a bridleway suddenly stopping, and they’d have to turn round and go back, or find their way onto a road to continue.
“We know that families love to go cycling, but can be put off a bit by having to do long stretches on busy roads.”
Many of the Sheffield Moors bridleways were originally built for the Duke of Rutland’s family and guests to ride their horses and carriages around his shooting estate nearly 200 years ago.
But Rachel said they now provide an opportunity for everyone to explore the countryside. She added: “You might see a curlew or a stone circle as you ride past. These routes are a fantastic resource, and we want people to enjoy them, appreciate the local nature and wildlife, and discover something new by coming out onto the Sheffield moors.”