One of the improved paths on The Nab

One of the improved paths on The Nab

Paths on four routes up the Peak District’s highest hill have been improved to help walkers and reduce erosion.

More than 200 tonnes of stone flagging was flown in to the site on Kinder Scout by helicopters in work carried out in time for the New Year.

The Moors for the Future Partnership oversaw the work at Grindslow Knoll, Crowden Tower, Ringing Roger and The Nab.

Flags have been laid over areas of deep peat and stone pitching adopted to ease the way over difficult steep sections, such as the ascent up Grindslow Knoll.

Innovations include a range of long-term water management features, including drainage ditches, water bars and fords. Moors for the Future said by introducing water bars and angling flagstones, water is diverted across and away from the paths.

Moors for the Future project manager Matt Scott-Campbell said: “It’s fitting that we’ve completed the project in 2012 – the year which saw the 80th anniversary of the Mass Trespass.

“The improved footpaths will significantly enhance walkers’ access and enjoyment while protecting much loved landscape and wildlife.

“We’ve introduced a whole range of solutions to help protect the moorland in the long term, while respecting the spectacular beauty of these locations which are part of the Dark Peak site of special scientific interest.”

The project was carried out with support from the National Trust and local landowner Tom Noel.

Mr Noel added: “When restoring these popular footpaths, it was vital to take account of the different ways in which the land is used.

“The needs of the farming community had to be accommodated, as well as those of people accessing the moors for walking or grouse shooting.

“The significant improvements that have been made will ensure that a range of people can access the moors, while minimising the damage that has been such a serious problem in the past.”

The footpath improvements were carried out as part of the Natural England Conservation Plan Project

The project is a £2.5m environmentally sensitive area funded scheme which aims to restore habitats of national and European importance and produce improvements that benefit local communities.

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