WALKERS, cyclists and horse-riders will be able to further explore some of the most stunning parts of the Peak District under plans being launched by a new partnership organisation.
Proposals to open a new network of concessionary bridle ways, including connected routes along the tops of Curbar and Froggatt Edges and through Barbrook Valley, are included in a five-year draft management plan which will shape the future of the moors.
Proposals from the Eastern Moors Partnership are being outlined to the public at Curbar Gap on Sunday, September 18, from 9.30am to 3pm.
Guided walks will also be held at 10am, midday and 2pm providing an opportunity for people to share their views.
Danny Udall, of the Eastern Moors Partnership, said: “Before we make final decisions on these proposals, we want to hear the thoughts of people who use the moors and who live in local communities.
“They have already helped us to shape our thinking after a round of meetings last year. We have taken on board their thoughts, ideas and comments to help us reach the next step in our vision.
“Now we want them to tell us their views on the plan which will guide us as we manage the moors for the next five years and beyond.”
Last summer’s consultations included six workshops, attended by more than 170 people. Since then, a series of focus groups has met to progress the plan.
In other moves to improve the visitor experience, the plan proposes significant repairs to the bridleway on Moss Road on Totley Moor, and the removal of some trees and scrub below Curbar and Froggatt Edges, opening up the view of the iconic grit stone edges.
As well as changes to habitats to encourage more wildlife, including regeneration of heather moorland and re-planting woodlands, the plan also proposes developing low-key, drop-in visitor facilities in existing buildings.