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BMC Access and Conservation Trust: The Great Ridge

We have supported repair work on the Great Ridge pathway in the Peak District National Park as part of the Access and Conservation Trust’s national Mend Our Mountains campaign. Work completes in May 2021.

Great Ridge view of eroded path leading up to Back Tor

The Mend Our Mountains campaign was developed in 2018 – pre-Covid-19 – in response to the growing erosion crisis affecting paths and bridleways across Britain, caused by a convergence of rising visitor numbers, reduced national park budgets, and flooding. The partnership aims to restore all aspects of moorland ecosystems from footpaths (to stop the spread of erosion), to revegetating bare peat. The Great Ridge, between Sheffield and Manchester, connects Mam Tor and Lose Hill. It is one of the most popular walking routes in Britain with an estimated 120,000 people walking the route per year.

However, in recent years there has been worsening and widening erosion on the path due to the accumulated impact of footfall.  The restoration of the permissive footpath on the Great Ridge is a key part of protecting these fragile and important ecosystems. It will also improve conditions underfoot, making the route safer, more accessible and visually in keeping with the landscape. As a site of special, personal interest to the Oglesby family, the Trust’s support is hoped to help future-proof the route for many years to come, for the enjoyment of many others.

Find out more here.