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Moss Road restoration

Last modified: 03 September 2012

Two cyclists on Eastern Moors

The improved Moss Road will link up with other new bridleways.

Image: The RSPB

A new community project is underway to restore a major bridleway in the Peak District.

In previous years Moss Road, which runs across Totley Moor, fell into a state of disrepair, as the legitimate use by motor vehicles was unsustainable.  Even though it is now reclassified a bridleway, it is still unusable.

As part of its management plan, the Eastern Moors Partnership will be restoring Moss Road in the winter and has been hosting a series of public meetings to encourage local people to help them plan and design the repair work and improvements.   

The Eastern Moors Partnership is a joint venture between the National Trust and RSPB, who manage the Eastern Moors on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Danny Udall is the site manager at Eastern Moors.  He says: “Over the past few years we’ve been talking to local people to find out what they want to change in the area.  One of the main things they wanted to see was better maintained and connected bridleways so we are now working hard to make this a reality.

“The improved Moss Road will link up with other new bridleways, offering improved access for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the Dark Peak. 

“As this is very much a grass roots project, we are talking to local people at every step of the way and have been getting their input around the design of the bridleway improvements, as well as around volunteering opportunities on the project.”    

The restoration of Moss Road forms part of The Dark Peak: Public and Private Lands Nature Improvement Area Partnership (Dark Peak NIA), a three-year landscape-scale conservation initiative, which aims to improve, expand and link up existing wildlife-rich areas within the Dark Peak.

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