Park authorities have restored an ancient path in the Peak District.

The hollow-way, a sunken pack-horse trail above the Hope Valley, links with existing footpaths under Stanage Edge, the renowned gritstone climbing crag above Hathersage. It is claimed that Charlotte Bronte probably trod the route.

The restoration was suggested by ramblers at the Stanage Forum, set up to involve locals and walkers in management of the Peak in the area.

Matthew Croney, manager of the Peak District National Park Authority’s Stanage and North Lees estates, said: “It’s a real asset to the national park, and it’s in keeping with the spirit of GHB Ward, the original ‘King of the Ramblers’, who pressed for increased access to provide education about the countryside.

“It enabled disadvantaged inner city youngsters to do conservation work, such as dry-stone walling, and enjoy wild surroundings which they wouldn’t normally experience.”

The route is a permissive path at present, but it is hoped to dedicate it as a public footpath in the future.